Simply Sucks 

While 'Part 1' showed promise, 'Breaking Dawn—Part 2' is just lame

I haven't liked any of the Twilight movies. I have, in fact, had a bitter hatred toward most of them that is unhealthy and more than likely illegal in some states.

That said, I almost liked 2011's Breaking Dawn—Part 1, a sometimes twisted film that, while mostly stinky, did show some promise. It ended with Bella (Kristen Stewart) opening her eyes as a vampire, so I thought, "Hey, Bella Vampire ... the last film could be a good one." But, like the fisherman pulling up a heavy net to find nothing but boots and dead mafia dudes, I was severely disappointed with Breaking Dawn—Part 2.

Yes, Bella is a vampire now. But she does little more than change her "Bella Is Love-Sad" pout to a more-intense "Bella Needs Blood" pout. She runs around in fast motion and saves deer from mountain lions, like most vampires do.

She also has a kid now, and this kid looks weird. Director Bill Condon (he also helmed the previous almost-acceptable installment) opts for some sort of CGI effects with Bella's half-human/half-Nosferatu baby, Renesmee. The result looks like one of the E*TRADE kids, except this kid isn't funny.

The baby just looks at people with a creepy, janky smile. She grows rapidly, going through a phase with a bad wig (just like her mom in some of the previous Twilight movies!) and eventually becoming young actress Mackenzie Foy.

Much of the plot revolves around protecting the Bella Baby, with Jacob the Wolf (Taylor Lautner) imprinting on her, which means he owns her, or some shit like that. I guess they grow up to be husband and wife in a freaky, Woody Allen and Soon-Yi Previn sort of way. Only author Stephenie Meyer knows.

One of the big twists is that some of the new vampires have special powers. Bella has some protective shield she can project, much like the Death Star in Star Wars. Another has the ability to shock people with electricity, and yet another has something described as "paralyzing vapors."

When I heard of this particular power, I thought it made sense: Vampires suck in all sorts of foul stuff, so it would stand to reason that their farts would be so noxious as to render those within a few yards motionless. Alas, I was let down to see that "paralyzing vapors" is just black smoke that wafts from the vampire's hands.

Wait ... maybe that's how a vampire farts?

Much of the movie consists of Bella and her strange, overly happy vampire family standing around in a house, shooting looks at each other or out the window. Occasionally, Bella ventures outside for more running and hunting and intense pouting. At one point, Bella is running super-fast, and we see the world around her through her supervampire eyes. Among the things she sees while running is a flower blooming super-fast.

This doesn't make sense to me. Her being able to run really quickly means she can see a flower bloom really quickly? So the flower is now going at her pace? Can she magically make the flower bloom faster? It takes your average flower a long time to open up, and somebody simply running by fast wouldn't accelerate the flower-blooming process.

See? That's the kind of stupid crap I have found myself wondering about while watching these movies. And let me just say this for the "twist" ending: I was much happier with the way things turned out before the big twist happened. The pre-twist ending had something involving Dakota Fanning that I rather enjoyed.

Goodbye, Twilight ... at least until they make the gross movie where Bella's baby grows up to marry Lautner in a completely inappropriate fashion. (I nominate Woody Allen as the director.)

Oh, and for those of you wondering how much of the Lautner abs you get in this installment: one lousy scene. Not nearly enough, if you ask me. They really are amazing.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
Rated PG-13 · 115 minutes · 2012
Official Site: www.breakingdawn-themovie.com
Director: Bill Condon
Producer: Wyck Godfrey, Karen Rosenfelt, Stephenie Meyer, Marty Bowen, Greg Mooradian, Mark Morgan and Guy Oseary
Cast: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Billy Burke, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Kellan Lutz, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Ashley Greene, Michael Sheen, Dakota Fanning, Mackenzie Foy, Julia Jones, BooBoo Stewart, Lee Pace, Christian Camargo, Mia Maestro, Casey LaBow, Maggie Grace, MyAnna Buring, Joe Anderson, Omar Metwally, Rami Malek, Guri Weinberg, Noel Fisher, Chaske Spencer, Jamie Bower and Christopher Heyerdahl

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