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'Breaking Dawn Part 2'

Nov. 27, 2012

There is a saying: "All good things must come to an end."

Thankfully, this is also true of things that aren't quite so good.

With "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2," everyone's favorite vampire-werewolf-pretty girl love triangle story based on Stephenie Meyer's bestselling book series comes to a much-anticipated and, for some, long overdue conclusion.

As with the previous four installments, the dialogue is at its best tolerable and at its worse groan-inducing.

The film feels a bit drawn out as the Cullen clan, led by Edward (Robert Pattinson), newly turned Bella (Kristen Stewart) and her best friend Jacob (Taylor Lautner), goes on a quest to find witnesses that their half human-half vampire child Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy) is not, in fact, the child vampire many believe she is, including the vampire governing body, The Volturi.

Several new characters are introduced, all with special powers and abilities, and the movie begins to resemble a bad episode of "Heroes."

Meanwhile, the Volturi begin their own fact-finding mission, culminating in a plan to travel from their compound in Italy to confront the Cullens and their witnesses about the child.

There is a climactic battle that was actually quite intense, but ends with quite possibly the biggest cop-out I have ever seen in a storyline.

The story ends with pretty much all loose ends tied up.

I will admit the movie was a little better than I anticipated. After seeing the previous four with my wife, I had little hope this would be better than any of the previous films. The second half of "Breaking Dawn - Part 2" was probably the best overall part of any of the five movies in the series. The first half of the movie was pretty campy and hard for me to wait out. There were moments when I asked my wife how the lines made it through the editing process. The second half was, thankfully, much more watchable.

But in all honesty, as with all the "Twilight" films, no one really cares how well-done they are. They have made hundreds of millions of dollars, and the final installment shows no sign of stopping that momentum.

What really bothered me about the movie is that the storyline seemed to be forced together and lacked substance. It wasn't a well-rounded plot, and I really didn't like the way the climax resolved. There were also far too many new characters introduced to form an attachment to any of them.

At times the leads lacked chemistry and appeared to be just going through the motions.

If you like the other movies in the series, you'll probably like this one. If you are looking for a cinematic masterpiece, steer clear.

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