I walked into the theater with excitement because I knew it would be the last time I had to sit through a Twilight movie. It pains me to say this, but I walked out very pleased with the end result. I even got a few goosebumps at the end. Breaking Dawn Part 2 is arguably the best of the five films to hit the big screens. It is not without it's cheesy moments, but some minor changes come together beautifully to give this billion dollar franchise a proper close.
Part 2 picks up right where the first ended. Bella has become a vampire. Now she must figure out how to use her newly found strength, and meet her baby, Renesmee. In the book, this takes up a huge chunk of the story. I struggled reading Breaking Dawn because there was so much down time. Not in the film. They jump right into the major plot involving the Volturi and their quest to destroy the Cullen clan. The Cullens are forced to call in some favors to recruit friends in anticipation for a battle with the Volturi that could decide the fate of little Renesmee. Trust me when I say the pay off is worth it.
The book version of Breaking Dawn was my least favorite in the series. I thought it was long, boring and a huge let down at the end. I won't say anything that happens because I don't want to ruin it for you (although, I imagine anyone going to see the movie has already read the book). I remember finishing it while sitting in Starbucks drinking a coffee. I almost spit out my drink when I said out loud, "You've got to be kidding me. That's it?!?" I got some strange looks.
The people behind the film version made some changes to the story without altering the conclusion. Those changes really helped to keep my attention, and are the reason why I think this is the best of the series. I also loved the close to the film. Again, I don't want to give away too much, but the there's a great credit sequence with a perfect song choice as the background.
Twihards might gasp at some of the things that go down in Breaking Dawn Part 2, but I assure you the overall story line remains intact. Think of it this way, ice cream is delicious, but add some hot fudge and whip cream and you have yourself a sundae. Who doesn't like a sundae? I suppose someone who is lactose intolerant would not enjoy a sundae, but you know what I mean.
Oh, and Jacob takes off his shirt. See, it's all going to be ok.