'The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 2' Gets Good Reviews; Few Critics Not Impressed
By IBTimes Staff Reporter | November 16, 2012 11:41 PM EST
"The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 2", the final installment of the Twilight series, has received mixed reaction from the critics - some gave good reviews while others are not impressed.
Here are what the critics have to say about the film:
Betsy Sharkey of Los Angeles Times: "From the moment Bella Swan blinks those blood-red eyes of a newborn vampire, you just know that "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" is going to be vampirrific. Which is not quite the same as terrific, but for the swooning series that made heartthrobs of Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, it just feels right."
"To give "BD2" its due, it is the best of the bunch and will be much loved by Twihards, which should by no means be mistaken for praise."
Tom Charity of CNN: "It has taken this series a long time to line up its dominoes, but "Breaking Dawn -- Part 2" is easily the freakiest film in the saga, and the most fun."
"Directed, like the last film, by Bill Condon, and not at all ashamed of wearing its big pulpy heart on its sleeve, "BDP2" is enjoyably demented, a rousing curtain call and quite enough to tide us over until Stephenie Meyer's "The Host" reaches our screens next March.
Manohla Dargis of New York Times: "The decision to squeeze two generously padded movies (this one runs a swollen 115 minutes) out of the concluding volume in Stephenie Meyer's four-book series never made story sense, even if it has lucratively served the studio bottom line. The director Bill Condon, however, who brought wit, beauty and actual filmmaking to Part 1, along with those enormous receipts, has nicely cultivated the art of the stall for Part 2."
He wrote, "Despite the slow start Mr. Condon closes the series in fine, smooth style. He gives fans all the lovely flowers, conditioned hair and lightly erotic, dreamy kisses they deserve. Just as smartly he also shakes the series up with an unexpectedly fierce, entertaining battle that finds the Cullens, flanked by their wolf friends and various vampire allies, facing down the Volturi."
"It turns out that there's something to be said about watching these two lovebirds tap into their inner monsters. It's bloody good fun while it lasts," he concluded.
Bradley Jacobs of US Weekly: "The series has matured as well. While still plenty cheesy and packed with poor special effects, the film is at last in on the jokes, with intentional laughs and gloriously over-the-top moments, including one audience-thrilling twist that will surprise even faithful readers of the books."
"Still, even casual Twilight viewers won't be surprised about the eventual happily-ever-after," he added.
However, Michael O'Sullivan of Washington Post is not very impressed with the latest Twilight series.
"For those with no vested interest in this protracted and supernatural soap opera, but who do care about cinema, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2" will be, unsurprisingly, a silly and somewhat cheesily made waste of time," wrote O'Sullivan in his review.
He went on to say that "the special effects are low grade, relying heavily on old-fashioned camera blur and unconvincing wire work to convey a sense of quickness and acrobatic agility, as Bella bounds from rock to tree to mountaintop."
"...dear reader, the symptoms of our long national nightmare should begin to fade as you're heading out of the theater, dissipating by the time you clear the concession stand," he concluded.
Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian: "The Twilight Saga signs off with a tentative whimper which turns into a conditional bang, which turns out to be a different, provisional kind of whimper. It is certainly a bravura display of contact lens acting. Red contact lenses. Black contact lenses. Beigey-orange contact lenses. Almost every single cast member does that robotic, gleaming, double-disc stare at the camera, as if afraid that some vampire slayer will somehow top them all and bury everyone face up just level with the tarmac along a stretch of white lines on the M11."
"Breaking Dawn has moments of wit, but did the Twilight saga have to be so bland? Catherine Hardwicke's first film was a brilliant standalone teen romance, but its saga robes came to hang very, very heavily," he concluded.
Featuring Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner in the lead roles, "The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 2" is the fifth and last installment of the Twilight series based on novels by Stephenie Meyer. It is directed by Bill Condon and story written by Melissa Rosenberg.
The film made worldwide release on Friday (November 16). It will be released in India on November 23.
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