"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2"
STARRING: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner,
PLOT: After the birth of Renesmee, the Cullens gather other vampire clans in order to protect the child from a false allegation that puts the family in front of the Volturi.
RATED PG-13: For sequences of violence including disturbing images, some sensuality and partial nudity.
RUNNING TIME: 2 hours,
Finally! – the "Twilight" franchise embraces its own innate absurdity with the gleefully over-the-top conclusion, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2."
This is by far the best film in the series. This does not necessarily mean it's good. But as it reaches its prolonged and wildly violent crescendo, it's at least entertaining in a totally nutso way.
The first four adaptations of Stephenie Meyer's mega-best sellers were, for the most part, laughably self-serious affairs full of mopey teen angst, stilted dialogue and cheesy special effects.
Now, Bill Condon (who also directed last year's "Breaking Dawn — Part 1") finally lets his freak flag fly. Condon's final "Twilight" movie dares to have a little fun – it actually makes you laugh intentionally for once, teetering on self-parody as it does.
Like something out of a telenovela, Condon cuts between characters standing around staring at each other, the dramatic score punctuating each piercing look. Maybe they're reading each other's minds, sharing visions of the future or shielding each other from harm. Maybe they just can't think of anything to say.
Regardless, it's all prelude for the massive showdown that awaits in the film's second half. Condon and screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg have taken a big risk in deviating from the book, and it pays off big-time from a narrative perspective. It's kind of amazing that this thing got a PG-13 rating.