FILM: THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 2
Every moment has led to this.
The highly anticipated final instalment of ‘The Twilight Saga’, directed by Academy Award winner Bill Condon, ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2’ illuminates the secrets and mysteries of this spellbinding romantic epic that has entranced millions.
In the film, Bella (Kristen Stewart) awakens transformed – she is now a mother and finally… a vampire.
While her husband Edward (Robert Pattinson) delights in her beauty, speed, and uncommon self-control, newborn Bella has never felt more alive; and the destiny of her best friend Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) has become entwined in that of their exceptional daughter Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy). The arrival of a creature so rare cements an extended family, but will soon ignite forces that threaten to destroy them all.
With more of the struggle, romance, passion, mystery, and action that made ‘Twilight’, ‘The Twilight Saga: New Moon’, ‘The Twilight Saga: Eclipse’, and ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1’ international blockbusters, ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2’ concludes the universally adored tale of love, family, courage, empowerment, and destiny based on Stephenie Meyer’s bestselling book series.
The final chapter of the phenomenon
Producer Wyck Godfrey, who has worked on all the films in the saga, summarizes, “The first film is about new love, the second about loss, the third about choice, the fourth about the challenges of marriage and family, and this last film is about protecting that family.”
‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2’ sees the three main characters – Bella, Edward, and Jacob – each coming to grips with the reality of Bella finally becoming a vampire and subsequently explodes with action as they are forced to fight for the ones they love.
“The break between the two movies lets you get used to the idea of Bella as a vampire,” explains director Bill Condon, who shot the film concurrently with ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1’. “Bella starts this whole new life — it’s a different movie, she’s a vampire now. At this point in the series, her dad Charlie is basically the only human left. Everyone is a magical creature now. Part 2 is a really different experience and that was what excited me… it really was the chance to make two very different movies from the same novel.”
Author and producer Stephenie Meyer adds, “Bella now senses with amazing clarity… everything’s changed for her. Suddenly, everything physical becomes very easy for her… almost like a superpower. Yet all of sudden, she has to balance all that with incredible thirst. But, she knew it was coming. She is the first vampire in the history of my mythology that has chosen to be a vegetarian vampire before transformation. So unlike everyone else before her, she goes into it committed to not kill anybody. She knew the thirst was going to be awful and she braced for it, so she doesn’t have the same issues that a lot of them do. Bella has that will and preparation and it makes her able to handle herself as a newborn.”
Stewart enjoyed the increased physical nature of the role. “It’s been really awesome to conceptually play that I am the strongest person in the room,” laughs the actress. “That had an effect on how I stand next to these big huge guys, who are clearly stronger than me. I got to do wire work and kick people. It feels good to get physical, because I’ve always literally stood behind people.”
Stewart was only 17-years-old when she was cast in ‘Twilight’ to bring to life the awkward, shy, and clumsy Bella Swan, who would, by this fifth film, have evolved into a fiercely protective mother and powerful vampire. “I started this whole thing when I was really young and in the first movie, I am so very human… full of idiosyncrasies with clear insecurities. I stutter a lot in ‘Twilight’, which is something that I liked. It was really good for the series because, when Bella becomes a vampire in the final film, I am completely still and in control. I approach movement and talking in a scene completely differently because Bella’s mind now works so fast.”
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, RAMI MALEK, GURI WEINBERG, NOEL FISHER
DIRECTOR: BILL CONDON