I have to admit, I've enjoyed the series where sparkly vampires and moody werewolves battle for the affection of Kristen Stewart's Bella in the gloomy Pacific Northwest.
As a child I loved the old black and white Bela Lugosi portrayal of Dracula and Lon Chaney Jr. transforming into the Wolfman. This is a far cry from that. While there were lady loves involved in both flicks, romance was hardly the centerpiece of the story.
"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2" takes all the elements of creatures of the night, love and action and blends them nicely, delivering an enjoyable finish to the series.
For the first time in the series, I wasn't actually annoyed with Bella. She didn't mope as much. She was ready to kick some booty with her new vampire powers. Jacob (Taylor Lautner) wasn't brooding about being the odd man out in the vamp-wolf-pale face love triangle. And Edward (Robert Pattinson) ... well, Edward is just Edward, who offers a few grins this time around.
Bella and Edward have given birth to Renesmee, a half-vampire, half-human -- something believed impossible in the world of the undead -- and she grows at a rapid rate and has some unique powers of her own. Jacob "imprints" on Renesmee immediately, meaning she is his soul mate (yes I found that a bit creepy too), but he withholds any sign of affection, instead acting more as a "Uncle Jacob" to the young child.
The Cullen clan is preparing for a move to protect Bella and the child from any public discoveries. Jacob and Bella's father, Charlie (Billy Burke), aren't quite as enamored with the idea of them disappearing into the night.
Then the Volturi - kind of the Vampire mob - learn of the child and set out on a mission to destroy it and the Cullens once and for all. Facing a fight they cannot win, the Cullens set off around the world to recruit backup, hoping to avoid a war if another other vampires will testify to Renesmee's humanity.
A rag-tag group of vamps agree to back the Cullens and Bella begins to discover the true power she wields just in time for a showdown with the Volturi on an open snow and ice covered clearing in the middle of the woods.
The great battle - which was not in the book - ensues as the two sides can't seem to reach an agreement.
Great supporting cast and lots of fun. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you might get angry, but if you're a Twi-fan, you will enjoy this final installment, and "the big twist," which is executed brilliantly. As a matter of fact, I'd call it one of the best twists since Bruce Willis realized the "dead people" Haley Joel Osment was talking to included him.
On a scale of 5 popcorn buckets, Breaking Dawn Part 2 fills up 3 1/2 easily. While it may not satisfy the true fans of blood sucker films, it's salty enough to do the trick. Try some fruit punch to drink just for the sake of a blood red drink. Run time: 116 minutes. The film is rated PG 13. This film was reviewed at Southpark 7 Theaters.