“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2” (Adventure/Fantasy: 1 hour, 55 minutes)
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner
Director: Bill Condon
Rated: PG-13 (Thematic elements, violence and sexuality)
Movie Review: The last film in the series based on Stephenie Meyer’s novels is finally present. Like its prequels, “Part 2” is lacking. This film is mainly for those people who loved the books, vampires, and a stereotypical romantic triangle involving a cute young woman and attractive men. The rest of the movie-going population was not hypnotized by the hype of a sparkling vampire and a large werewolf fighting over a woman, whose acting appeared dead long before she becomes a member of the walking dead.
Admittedly, some entertainment exists with these films in between segments of “I love you,” “no, I love you more,” and “I love her more.” The characters become older, but their overly sentimental lines remain unwise — even more, unpersuasive.
“Part 2” is better than “Part 1.” This is not saying much considering you can only go up from “Part 1.”
This outing has multiple vampires and werewolves joining Bella (Stewart), Edward (Pattinson) and Jacob (Lautner). Together, they must defend Bella and Jacob’s daughter, Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy), from the Volturi, leaders of the vampire clans. The Volturi, operating under false pretenses, plan the execution of Renesmee, whom the Volturi sees as an abomination.
After four movies, people have been waiting for this apex. The build up is not convincing. Instead, the introduction of new vampire characters with superpowers makes this version of the “Twilight Saga” feel more like a watered-down version of the “X-Men” (2000).
“Twilight” (2008) was the first in this series. It was a different kind of romance. That propelled it as a romantic film and made it watchable and enjoyable. The latter films, including this one, have merely been storytelling without substance: substandard acting, an overplayed romance and too plentiful and weak characterizations.
Grade: C- (Finally, sunset for this series.)
“Lincoln” (Drama/Biography/History: 2 hours, 30 minutes)
Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Hal Holbrook and Tommy Lee Jones
Director: Steven Spielberg
Rated: PG-13 (War violence, gore, thematic elements, and profanity)