BREAKING DAWN REVIEW: PART II

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Breaking Dawn: Part 2

The long awaited Breaking Dawn Part II finally came to a close. For what it’s worth, I was able to enjoy every bit of the sequel. True to the books, the movie was able to depict the very thought of its author, Stephenie Meyer, who by the way, also produced the film. After the “oohs” and “aahs,” I am sure that fans all over the world will miss building tents early morning just to be counted among first viewers. More importantly, they are going to miss the unending rivalry between Teams Jacob and Edward (which according to Robert Pattinson, in an interview, was part of the marketing strategy).

Unlike Breaking Dawn: Part I reviews, the second part is raking far better reviews. In fact, L.A. Times, in its headline says: “Bella is on a tear in ‘Twilight’ finale.” Bella’s acting (Kristen Stewart) obviously is better than her acting in Part I or, we can most likely say, the best she ever did all “Twilight” series combined. She’s more natural, fun and fierce! The battle was epic and was indeed a spectacle.

But then, again, I am not after those externalities. Let us leave those things to cinematographers and theatrical pundits. Similar to my previous review (See link: http://giopski.hubpages.com/hub/BREAKING-DAWN-REVIEW), I was primarily drawn to the significant aspect of motherhood in this movie. I tackled the issue on abortion on Part I. Interestingly, the second part went further as to dwell on Bella’s motherhood. Early in the movie, Bella remarked: “She (Renesmee, Mackenzie Foy) was not bitten, she was born.” A remark she gave as to defend her daughter against the possible death sentence from the Volturi since “immortal children” are a major vampire “no-no” - a threat to their kind. In today's world, Bella's words could resound current pro-lifers advocacy, "Life begins from conception to natural birth." Moving forward, Bella and Edward (Robert Pattinson), now parents to Renesmee joined forces with the rest of the family looking for witnesses to support their cause. Interestingly, Jacob (Taylor Lautner) now in the family picture, made the team even stronger as he happens to imprint himself to Renesmee, who now becomes unconditionally bound to her for the rest of his life. The intertwining laws and rules that govern their realities connected all the characters together in a seemingly well-knitted fashion.

How far could a mother go to protect her child? Stephenie Meyer was obviously an advocate of the value of life. Though one cannot avoid killings in the over-all franchise (in her defense, it’s a vampire movie people!), still the way she described how Bella cared for her daughter and the efforts she exerted in order to protect her, show certain vulnerability rather than simply putting life aside. You can call Renesmee a monster, but she remains to be a human being. Half-mortal/half-vampire nobody cares unless you're one with a selfish intent like Aro (Michael Sheen) given his authority. What they care the most, Bella most especially, was to protect a LIVING PERSON vampire or human.

I’ve pointed this out in my homily during Respect Life Month in October that “LOVE and LIFE GO TOGETHER.” As they are inseparable, they too, complement each other.Msgr. James Moroney said these very profound words, “The total, one-flesh union of husband and wife is fruitful, never self-enclosed; it is open to the other and open to the gift of the child. From the very beginning, God had a purpose in mind. He made man and woman for each other, to be united as one, and at the same time he lovingly commanded them to be fruitful and multiply, to be partners with him in creation by bringing forth new life, cherishing and sustaining it." Such was the case in the movie. Regardless of the possible danger and uncertainties that procreation might bring Bella and Edward (who by the way got married first – a strong rejection of premarital sex), they pursued a union, which could bring about life. They may not have anticipated life to come out of the union as it was deemed impossible especially for Edward, but they protected its fruit anyway. They both love each other and the fruitfulness of such love is something that’s worth fighting for.

The movie could’ve ended up with Bella sacrificing her daughter in order to free the rest of the family from the possible death sentence, but it didn’t. The protection of the life of Renesmee gave the movie a more sound theme dramatics aside. The way Alice’s premonition (Ashley Greene) was described in the book and beautifully portrayed in the movie point to one thing: A HAPPY ENDING where darkness is shun and light overshadows it in the end. It simply shows that going towards the LIGHT, which is TRUTH will always lead to a better future.

Now, should there be a sequel? Again, the not-so-good review from Time.com (which I also referenced from the last hub on Breaking Dawn Part I) says, "Should I go so far as to describe Breaking Dawn-Part 2 the way Aro describes Renesmee, after a fabulous mad cackle, as “magnifico”? No. And I hope to God there isn’t some Disney-George-Lucas-style deal where we are consigned to endless Twilight movies." I am not so sure about that, personally speaking. I leave that to the author’s discretion. Besides, it seemed to be open ended. But if given the chance to have one, I’m down for Renesmee to become the new bearer of light, who would change the course of nature and would establish a better future vampires, wolves, half-breeds alike.

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Maria Cecilia 4 years ago from Philippines

Hi I have been waiting for your review. and I would like to say thanks because it was actually you who convinced me to give these series a second glance. When I read your review of the part I, that triggered my interest to watch the first three series. I also bought the breaking dawn book because after watching the part I, I can't help but try to find out what happened next... I haven't watched the part II yet, but I heard positive feedback. I wonder if a continuation of this is possible or another book perhaps...


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giopski 4 years ago from Oakland, California Author

@Maria. I was hoping to write this review sooner, but given my very hectic weekend I have to wait a little while. Besides, you guys out there in the Philippines view this film earlier that us out here. I remember my brother going to Iloilo just to watch the premier showing.

I'm happy to know that you were moved to watch it through me. Yes, I am a fan but more than that, I principally aim at teaching people to see a wider perspective about movies and see them in the light of their faith. Anytime this week I will also share my review on Skyfall so watch out for that too.

Thank you so much. Hope we'll have chance to meet when I come back to the Philippines early next year. More power to your work and God bless! Keep that pen writing.


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Stevennix2001 4 years ago

From what I researched on this franchise already, I heard that supposedly Stephenie Meyer is working on a twilight book that retells the saga from Edward's perspective. Other than that, it's possible that there could be a movie featuring Renesmee, but I doubt it.

To be honest, I only review those films because im a film critic on this site, so I basically consider it an obligation to see them whether i like it or not. Personally, i don't think the movies are as bad as twilight haters say they are, but id be lying if i said it wasn't embarrassingly over hyped as well.

Don't get me wrong, I don't mind if other people like the movies, but from my own perspective, each film had a great premise, but none of them ever lived up to that potential. Of course, that's just my opinion, but it was interesting reading your take on it, and keep up the good work and all that.


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giopski 4 years ago from Oakland, California Author

@Stevennix2001. Thanks for the comments. You got it right, everyone is entitled for their own opinion and mine coming from the religious side of it. I heard too, at some point, that Stephenie wrote a follow up to the series. However, it was leaked and so she did not continue. But, either Edward's, Bella's or Jacob's perspective, the author for sure will be able to make it work and expound from each of the characters. I just find Renesmee's perspective a bit of a thrill going to the direction of balance and artistry. Thanks once again.

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