Friday Flicks: Is It Finally the End for ‘Twilight’?

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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2

Tagline: Forever.

The tagline – or should that be tagword? – to the newest addition to the Twilight canon is simply, “Forever.” Forgive us Twi-hards, but that’s exactly how long it feels like this franchise is going to run for (see the link at the end of this page, for more) with director Bill Condon back to helm the sequel to a book which originally wasn’t split in two. But taking a page out of the Harry Potter movie playbook, which split the seventh and final tome into two parts in order to double the enjoyment for fans around the world (nothing to do with box office, folks), The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 goes down a similar path.

When we were last in the company of Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner), they had to deal with the considerable fallout from a marriage, a honeymoon and the birth of a child — exactly the kind of issues a teen target audience can relate to. This time around, Bella and Edward (as well as his family and the werewolves) are trying to protect the baby from the evil Volturi, who think she’s a vampire.

But the early word from critics — whose opinion won’t matter a jot, let’s face facts — is surprisingly upbeat. “One final swoonsome flourish to this most lovelorn series, this is the finale that Twilight needed,” concludes Empire. “Breaking Dawn Part 2 is three fingers of supernatural teen romance served neat in a dirty glass with a sparkler and cocktail umbrella, and not a single concession is made to newcomers, or sanity,” reckons the Daily Telegraph. But the Guardian won’t buy into the concept, neither with this installment or what has gone before: “Breaking Dawn has moments of wit, but did the Twilight saga have to be so bland?”

MORE: Why Twilight Won’t End With Breaking Dawn (Even Though It Should)

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