Brief review: Let’s face it, “The Twilight Saga” is cheesy stuff for teens. Thankfully though, after last year’s nicely-shot, yet ultimately boring “Breaking Dawn Part 1″, director Bill Condon manages to deliver the most watchable and reasonably entertaining entry in the popular series, since Catherine Hardwicke’s guilty pleasure-ish original. It wouldn’t be a lie if we call “Breaking Dawn Part 2″ eventful, because there are more things happening in this installment alone, than all the other four put together. Yes, the cheesy ‘yawn’ parts are still there, and but the plot is more intense, exciting, and tightly-paced than ever before, and the entertainment value is much higher. “Part 2″ also introduces many new, mostly secondary characters, without feeling overcrowded, with Bella’s daughter being at the center of attention. The final battle is epic, indeed, and certainly the biggest highlight of the movie, and the franchise in general. After shooting “Part 1″, Bill Condon’s love for the series has obviously grown, and that shows through his improved direction. He also adds the much needed slickness to the visuals, and therefore gives the film a much more polished look. Bella and Edward still lack a believable chemistry, despite the actor’s real-life relationship. Pattinson continues to be stiff as a board, but at least Stewart finally displays some charisma, exposing a tougher, grittier side of her otherwise dull character.
Overall summary: All the typical cheesiness and some below-par acting aside, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2″ feels like a delicious dessert at the end of a mostly bad five-course meal – it’s enjoyable, finely-crafted, and definitely better than its 3 lifeless predecessors.
Overall CineMarvellous! Rating – 5.75 Stars out of 10