Even so, it still reeks of the odd Twilightisms that have plagued all the films. Bella and Edward’s affection is destined to forever remain in the honeymoon phase, thereby disappointing scores of young fans in their future relationships. However they might think twice about the chivalrous Jacob given his creepy new reason to be hanging around the loved-up pair (which may have something to do with their pretty young daughter, Renesmee).
It helps that much of the action pivots around the child, whom the law-making vampires believe to be a dangerous “Immortal”, leaving less time for the relationship drama to play out. There are still more close-ups than a Columbian soap opera but Bella has finally grown up - Kristen Stewart’s open-mouthed pout is still prevalent throughout but thankfully she’s less of a sulk. And Michael Sheen as the Volturi’s sociopathic leader Aro is flamboyantly good.
Part of the fun is watching Bella embark on her new life as a “newborn” vampire and mother, which, despite the risks, looks easier than human parenting. Sure, she might want to kill her baby but it means she gets an instant nanny – and therefore more time to enjoy her lover’s sparkling skin. She also discovers her new vampiric talents, which are developed within the space of about two minutes.
Breaking Dawn Part 2 is also the best-looking film so far. Set to another atmospheric indie soundtrack, and with director Bill Condon’s stylised direction, the exotic new vampires join the fray as though they’re part of a Dolce and Gabbana campaign.
If you’ve made it this far through the series, you won’t mind that, nor the cult-like Cullen family moments or Charlie’s oddly accepting nature when it comes to his daughter’s fidgety behaviour. You’ll simply sit back and enjoy the ride. Hide