A bloody, brilliant end to a franchise
Twihards who have sucked up every word of the Stephenie Meyers “Twilight” books won’t be disappointed in this franchise best, even though the end deeply deviates from the book. The finale makes the movie much more satisfying. And while I don’t want to hit you with a spoiler, the climax is the most brutal action scene yet in this franchise- unlike any we’ve seen before.
The story picks up where we last left off: Bella is saved from a childbirth death by Edward turning her into a vampire. This is not the pouty, pessismistic Bella (Kristen Stewart). She has morphed into a fierce, blood-thirsty, uber strong heroine whose beauty also blossoms along with her physical strength. She even gets bigger hair!!! Her first kill is a mountain lion, barely controlling herself to pass up an injured human mountain climber. Edward (Rob Pattinson) spends most of the film marveling at his vampire-goddess.
Apparently, vampire sex is better than mere mortal sex. As Bella points out to Edward, they never have to sleep and they never tire. There’s carefully shielded nudity in the love scene. Come on- it’s a franchise for tweens!!
The characters are in on the jokes this time- poking fun at themselves and each other. Jacob (Taylor Lautner) has his obligatory I-must-show-my-body scene, this time stripping down to his underwear , inspiring shrieks of glee from the audience.
The story really centers on half-mortal-half child Renesmee (please don’t let that become the flavor of the moment name- especially with her nickname, Nessie. Even Bella was outraged her daughter’s nickname is the same as the Lock Ness monster”.)
In a major ick, Werewolf Jacob imprints on the daughter of the one-time love of his life. Apparently, an imprint is uncontrollable. He just can’t stop himself from becoming Renesmee’s lifelong guardian and partner. Being half-vampire, Renesmee (the enchanting Mackenzie Foy) grows at an alarming rate- she’ll be a woman by the time she’s 7.
With so many special powers, the vampire ruling class Volturi mistakes her for a child vampire, a child bitten by a bloodsucker, so they’re convinced Renesmee endangers their very future. By the way, the campy Volturi leader Aro (Michael Sheen) is an absolute scene stealer.
With a major twist , the end is pure movie magic for Twihards. Look, the tween guys have their action fantasy films. “Twilight” is the tween girl fantasy . And before you get your snob on, the weekend box office is expected to be 150 mil. That’s girl power!!!