Suck on this - Twilight: Breaking Dawn 2 delivers real bite
Teen vamps rejoice: film critics say Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart have come up with a great finale
GOOD news for millions of 'Twihards': the fifth and final instalment of the Twilight teen vampire franchise is the best ever. That's the consensus of early reviews suggesting The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 delivers a real climactic bite.
For fans of Stephenie Meyers's books that news is almost as exciting as the sight of recently reconciled stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart walking the red carpet together in Los Angeles on Monday night at the film's world premiere.
The Sun says Breaking Dawn 2 is far superior to its predecessor which should have been titled "Breaking Yawn". Film critic Grant Rollings applauds the new movie's ability to blend genuine big screen thrills with touching romance between pallid leads Bella Swan (Stewart) and Edward Cullen (Pattinson).
"There's some proper action here for any lads willing to sit through it with their girlfriends – including some touching decapitation scenes," writes Rollings. "The humour works, new vampires display impressive powers and young Mackenzie Foy catches the attention as Bella's daughter Renesmee…"
US movie bible Variety also gives the film a big thumbs-up. "Laughter, disbelief and a sort of horrified exhilaration are all perfectly sane reactions," writes Justin Chang. "It's a doozy of a finale to a series that, until now, has largely taken its dramatic cues from its maddeningly inert heroine.
"Not anymore: with Bella reborn as a bloodthirsty, butt-kicking vampire mama, this second of two Bill Condon-directed instalments clears a low bar to stand easily as the franchise's most eventful and exciting entry."
Robbie Collin of The Daily Telegraph is less enthusiastic, pointing out that all the movies are hamstrung by Twilight author Stephenie Meyer's prose, which he describes as "unimprovable". But Collin admits the filmmakers have embraced the "transcendent loopiness" of the final book and come up with something that will please fans.
"Bella may be no Katniss Everdeen, the quick-witted, resilient young heroine of The Hunger Games, but unlike so many young female characters in fantasy films, she remains resolutely and unapologetically at the heart of her own story. If that is to be Twilight's cinematic legacy then I'll accept it gladly, miserable vampires, topless werewolves and all."
The Times awards the film a modest two stars, but critic Kate Muir admits the final instalment is "an absolute scream, a B-movie gem that can be enjoyed with — and without — irony, depending upon your age and demographic".
The biggest rave comes from the Daily Mail's Baz Bamigboye, who says he has finally caught vampire fever. "Recently I watched the early Twilight films again just to confirm my initial view that they're not up to much. But Breaking Dawn Part 2 makes me want to watch them all over again. I can't believe I enjoyed such utter silliness."