DVD review | The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart unite one last time for Bella & Edward's saga: the epic finale

The phenomenally successful Twilight saga finally draws to a close with a final instalment that swings wildly between bum-numbing tedium and high excitement.

Having been reborn as a vampire at the conclusion of Breaking Dawn: Part 1, Kristen Stewart finds being a bloodsucker very becoming. Everything about her – from newly red eyes to porcelain skin – gleams or glows. But her married bliss with vampire husband Edward (Robert Pattinson) isn’t particularly enthralling for the viewer.

Their hot sex is so tastefully depicted it’s more yawnsome than swoonsome, and the series’ typically iffy special effects make Bella’s flexing of her new powers and appetites seem lame.

Meanwhile, Taylor Lautner’s werewolf Jacob provides a bizarre scene that verges on camp comedy, stripping to the buff in front of Bella’s anxious dad (Billy Burke) in order to reveal his furry alter ego.

The listless story really perks up, though, when the menacing Volturi clan – the Euro-trash vampire aristocrats who featured prominently in the second Twilight film, New Moon – learns of the existence of Bella and Edward’s half-human daughter Renesmee. A showdown with the Volturi looms, giving the narrative much needed urgency as Edward and his family strive to find allies among their vampire contacts around the world.

And when the adversaries finally face off against each other upon a snowy plain, decapitated vampire heads roll in spectacular fashion thanks to a nifty plot trick by screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg that makes the film’s conclusion far more exciting than the book’s lacklustre ending.

Released on Blu-ray & DVD by E1 Entertainment UK on Monday 11th March.

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