After four years and five films, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2” feels like all of the pieces have fallen into place. From Bill Condon’s expert direction to the Cullen crew’s makeup and hair (Peter Facinelli’s wig/hair helmet notwithstanding) to Kristen Stewart embodying newborn vampire Bella, they got it right.
“I was born to be a vampire,” Bella says in the series’ final film, out in theaters Friday (Nov. 16). And we totally buy it.
It’s hard to believe that this graceful, poised, confident, red-contact-wearing Stewart is the same one that was a clumsy, sensitive human in the first four films — the last of which, “Breaking Dawn – Part 1,” was being filmed simultaneously with the most recent flick.
“It’s no secret, I worship at the alter of Kristen Stewart,” Condon says at the film’s junket. “She was dying to play the vampire. She watched everybody else and said, ‘Oh, I could do that better.'”
But one thing the film as a whole might have done better would be the computer-generated Renesmee. The visual effects projected onto actress McKenzie Foy’s face to make her rapidly aging character appear younger are at times distracting.
“The biggest challenge was Renesmee,” Condon says of Bella and Edward’s (Robert Pattinson) daughter. “She’s growing very, very fast … so if there are some things that are odd about it — it’s just things that are odd about Renesmee.”
One thing that will strike moviegoers not as odd but as all out shocking is the film’s big twist, which the film’s stars and author Stephenie Meyer have all hinted at in interviews.
“The sequence we’re not supposed to talk about was the biggest challenge of either movie,” Condon says.
And for folks wondering how such a seemingly huge deviation from the book could have gotten the seal of approval from Meyer, well, it was her doing.
“It was her idea along with Melissa Rosenberg,” Condon says. “They cooked it up one night at dinner. [Meyer] was intimately involved in every aspect of this production.”
Meyer adds, “It does feel very surprising. There’s something new to see, but to me it doesn’t feel like it’s going hugely off the page at all.”
Are you excited to see “Breaking Dawn – Part 2”?