Review: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 (12A)

Lancashire Telegraph: Review: Breaking Dawn - Part 2  (12A) Review: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 (12A)

The concluding chapter of the outlandish fang-tasy series based on Stephenie Meyer’s best-selling books delivers a master class in constructing CGI mountains out of molehills.

The Twilight Saga: Treading Water would be more apt, considering how scriptwriter Melissa Rosenberg manages to expand 30 minutes of plot into two hours of anticipation and dread.

A climactic battle royale between the diabolical Volturi and the Cullens is certainly spectacular and director Bill Condon, who also helmed Part 1, orchestrates this special effects-heavy mayhem with verve.

Airborne vampires and snarling werewolves tumble acrobatically across the screen while locked in mortal combat, their desperate struggles ended with a sickening snap of a neck or crude decapitation.

Were these brave warriors anything but otherworldly creatures, which miraculously don’t bleed when injured, the relentless on-screen carnage would merit a 15 certificate.

Before all of the slavering jaws and severed limbs, the fifth instalment in the series doesn’t justify the decision by film-makers to cleave Meyer’s final book in two a la Harry Potter.

Substance is woefully lacking and there are only so many slow-motion smooches that can paper over the cracks before the most ardent members of Team Edward and Team Jacob will start to look at their watches.

DAMON SMITH

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4:25pm Sat 17 Nov 12

A Darener says...

I thoroughly enjoyed the film, as I did the previous ones. The twist at the end was very well hidden and the CGI was awesome. As an aside I am not a fanciful teenager but a 63 year old male. Who sees at least two films a week at the cinema.
I thoroughly enjoyed the film, as I did the previous ones. The twist at the end was very well hidden and the CGI was awesome. As an aside I am not a fanciful teenager but a 63 year old male. Who sees at least two films a week at the cinema. A Darener

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