This is a new segment on the site in which I talk about a particular scene or plot point of a movie rather than just reviewing the entire thing. There’s always that one scene or plot point in a movie, usually towards the end which just makes you want to stand up in the middle of the cinema and shout “No You can’t do that!” or “That doesn’t make any sense!”
For example The Dark Knight Rises where the greatest prison in the world the one which Bruce Wayne was put in by Bayne has no guards, lets people try to escape if they choose to and was in fact broken out of by a small child.
I am here to honor those moments in film which can make a seemingly good movie come across as stupid, lazy and insulting to the person watching. And what better way to start off than with Breaking Dawn Part 2 – More Specifically “The Final Battle”
Breaking Dawn is the fourth and final book of Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight Saga and a way for the film industry to keep the franchise going and milk it for all it’s worth was to split the final book into two parts. I have seen all of the Twilight movies except for Breaking Dawn Part 1 but from what I hear all that really happens is an awkward sex scene, awkward love triangle and a… Lets say “awkward” child birth.
But we’re not here to talk about that, what we are here to talk about is the last few scenes of Breaking Dawn Part 2 which is supposed to be the final battle between good and evil.
Bella and Edwards daughter is trying to be captured by the Volturi as they think she will grow up evil. Both sides gather their armies together in order to fight to the death for the child. Before the battle begins Alice tries to convince Aro – who sort of looks like the child catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – that the child will not cause destruction by showing a vision of the future. Despite seeing her vision he still wants the child and so an epic battle unfolds. Que Montage!
Everywhere you looked vampires and Ware Wolves were flying all over the place. There’s blood, There epic chior music going Dun Dun Dun Dun!! and there’s Bella and Edward performing impossible acrobatic stunts with each other! After nearly every character has been killed off Bella and Edward deliver the final blow killing Aro and stopping the Volturi.
But then! a flash comes through the screen and we see Alice and Aro as she is showing him a vision and says, “That’s what is going to happen if you fight us.” and the big evil villain says…
“Oh I see… Ta ta then.” And they all leave and the day is saved and everyone lives happily ever after. The End.
Where do I even begin?
My initial response from seeing this was that I wanted to throw my pop corn at the screen and shout boo until I was removed from the cinema. Having given us this huge final battle were everyone was sacrificing their lives and dying for this one child to only have it taken away from everyone and say “That’s what is going to happen.” was a complete insult and giant middle finger to the audience and fans of the series. I never really liked many of the characters from Twilight but I was actually quite sad to see so many people dying just to help Bella and Edward.
Furthermore! This “Final Battle.” That everyone was excited to see, was the main focus of every single advert building up to Breaking Dawns release. The adverts practically showed the entire fight and people were excited to see it. By making it a preminition of what might happen basically just tells the audience that everything you just saw did not and will not happen. The adverts may have well have just been:
“Hey you like Twilight? Do you like this huh? People dying and fighting to the death with that epic choir music in the background building up the tension? Do you want to see that in the next Twilight movie? Well tuff it was all a vision end of movie thank you for buying our merchandise.”
I have never read any of the Twilight books so here to explain from the point of view of the reader hear is my good friend Caitlin Brown:
“I’ve been a massive fan of the books since book 1 was first published in 2005. The final book is split into three parts, Part 1 was Bella and Edward getting married etc. Part 2 being from Jacob’s perspective and Part 3…Bella becoming a vampire. The beginning of part 3 starts with Bella dreaming of facing the Volturi completely outnumbered, that’s right BELLA had a dream, not Alice.
Just to clear any confusion, the Battle did not happen. After killing off Irene, there was no mention of a battle after the Volturi, fearing the unknown of Renessme. But as I watched all of my favourite characters being killed off, one by one, I couldn’t help but doubt everything I’d read. I found myself losing concentration and trying to cling on to every last shred of what I remember about the book thinking I had genuinely missed out a massive chunk of it, but no… it was just a premonition. What happened after the premonition was what happened in the book, however in the movie, I felt the whole ordeal was completely rushed. There was no real explanation as to where Alice actually went to. No real explanation about the way in which the Cullen’s dealt with Aro and the Volturi’s accusations. Nothing. Why?
So the movie could involve character spin-off movies, it’s all about the money. As far as I’m concerned the need to please the fans of the books went out the window a long time ago.”
I am not a huge fan of the Twilight Saga, I seen the films so that I would have a fair argument to say why I like or do not like parts of the movie of parts of the series. And yet I found myself insulted by the ending to this series, so I cannot begin to imagine the fans of the series must feel after seeing Hollywood give the fans an ending which was lazy, stupid and a huge middle finger to the Twilight franchise.
“Word of advice, just leave it to rest Hollywood. It’s over.”
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