'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2': What the Critics Are Saying
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Four years, five movies and billions of dollars later the now-immortal vampire saga Twilight is coming to a close. After creating megastars out of the main cast – Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner – the final installment of the franchise, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, is threatening to transform gimlet-eyed critics into Twihards (well, let's not go that far).
The film based on Stephanie Meyer’s book series opens Friday.
Read below for excerpts of reviews from top critics:
The Hollywood Reporter's Todd McCarthy observes, "If the entire five-part, 608-minutes-all-in running time of The Twilight Saga means anything at all, it is that vampires are the ultimate fairy-tale characters, as this is a story that literally ends happily ever after and forever for all concerned. Anyone who has seen even one of the previous cinematic installments of Stephanie Meyer’s endlessly protracted cross-species love story basically knows what to expect here, and the multitudes who have seen them all will jam theaters the world over in the coming weeks to experience the consummation so devoutly to be wished: the ultimate and imperishable union of Bella Swan and Edward Cullen."
McCarthy adds: "The end credits feature the very nice touch of presenting a visual parade of all the actors who have played any kind of significant role in the entire series, building from the smallest bit players to Pattinson and Stewart at the end. They acquit themselves here just as they have throughout the saga, which has captured the peak of their youthful beauty. Now it’s time for them, and the audience, to move on."
Roger Ebert says, "If for no other reason, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 deserves credit for providing the takeaway dialogue line of the year: ‘Nessie? You named my baby after the Loch Ness Monster?’ Since the infant has been named Renesmee, what mother would so mistake her infant's nickname? There are other laughs as this fifth and finally final installment grinds to a conclusion, but Breaking Dawn, Part 2 must be one of the more serious entries in any major movie franchise. I suspect its audience, which takes these films very seriously indeed, will drink deeply of its blood. The sensational closing sequence cannot be accused of leaving a single loophole, not even some we didn't know were there."