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The well-publicized ‘Twilight’ saga is finally at an end with ‘Breaking Dawn Part 2′. The previous movie had left the audience hanging with Bella dying in childbirth and Edward desperately trying to change her into a vampire. Jacob, who had hated the baby Renesmee, imprinted on her, which indicates that they will be future mates. The final seconds of ‘Part 1′ showed the newly-turned vampire Bella opening her eyes for the first time as an immortal, which is the exact scene that ‘Part 2′ began with. While the beginning was very slow and slightly cheesy, the movie quickly picked up momentum as the movie progressed. The acting was well-done and showed a different side of the Cullen family with the addition of Bella and Edward’s daughter Renesmee. The addition of the half-human half-vampire child added dimension to the final movie that was perhaps lacking in its predecessors. The audience was also able to better connect to the storyline since it revolved around a child being in danger and what family will do to protect that child.
Renesmee was in danger from the Volturi because they thought she was an immortal child who must be killed in order to protect the vampire race from exposure, so the Cullens did everything they could to convince other vampires that she was not an immortal child. Because of this added twist, the movie showed more of a broad spectrum of the vampire nation with the Cullens recruiting witnesses to their cause. Vampires were shown from the Amazon and Ireland, in addition to vampires that were thousands of years old. This new blend of characters added a freshness to the plot that had previously revolved around how much Bella wanted to be with Edward as a vampire.
The new vampire additions and Renesmee make the movie worth seeing because they bring humor and powerful emotions into the forefront. The new vampires were very old and had endured immense hardships, but were still humane in their quest to do what they thought was right. Perhaps because of their hardships, the vampires are able to look at life in a humorous and easy sort of way, which contrasted brilliantly with the Cullens intensity in life. Perhaps the funniest aspect of the addition of Renesmee was the fact that Jacob had to explain to Bella that he had imprinted on her newborn daughter. Bella used her new super strength to her advantage and literally threw Jacob around in her anger. Jacob’s relationship with Renesmee was that of a protector and pseud-older brother, not one of a future mate, which was good to see.
Bella’s character also undergoes a huge transformation since she has become a mother, which is a great asset for the movie. She is no longer the wimpy human who could not fight and lets Edward control every situation; instead, she is one of the strongest characters in the movie and was not afraid to be aggressive towards Edward either. She had always been the ‘Twilight’ movies’ weakness. Surprisingly, Edward seems very proud of Bella’s new strength, which sends the positive message that it is acceptable to be a stronger woman in a relationship. Edward’s relationship with Jacob also dramatically changes in this conclusion, since they are no longer competitors for Bella’s affections; instead, Jacob wants to protect and be with Edward’s daughter.
The new additions of Renesmee, the other vampire characters, and the development of Bella as a vampire made the movie extremely hilarious and unpredictable, which I did not think was possible in a ‘Twilight’ movie. Not only that, but it also showcased the actual book more, especially within the last ten minutes. While the movie remained slightly cheesy at times, it was overall a satisfying conclusion to the Twilight saga.