With Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2, Robert Pattinson is back to play the lead role for the second time. The first installment was a massive hit when it was released in 2012, and since then, the film has continued to draw audiences. Now that the dust has finally settled and we’ve all had a chance to reflect on the experience, we can dive into the reasons why Breaking Dawn, Part 2 was so special and why it continues to resonate with fans decades later.

Return Of The King

Inevitably, when a beloved film franchise turns ten years old, there will be a follow-up. For Twilight, it was inevitable that we’d see a continuation of the epic love story between Bella and Edward, and as it turns out, the wait was well worth it.

From the very first scene, where Bella is seen curled up in her car, reading a novel with her head resting on the steering wheel, to those last, tearful embraces in the cemetery, Breaking Dawn, Part 2 is the culmination of everything we love about the Twilight Saga. The reunion of Bella with her loved ones is both tender and triumphant, the two conflicting emotions which the audience can only feel in great measure. It may not be the most original idea to base a sequel on the previous film, but it’s one we’ve never seen done quite like this before.

For those who haven’t seen the first part of the Twilight series and are looking for an introduction, my advice is simple: see it now. Even if you do have the DVD or Blu-ray, it’s not too late to catch the film’s premiere at a theater near you. And if I’m right, the audience will be filled with awed fans clad in Twilight attire, just waiting to tell you how much they love your work. It’s an experience we’re all looking forward to sharing.

More Than Meets The Eye

It’s not just about the romance at the center of the Twilight Saga. We’ve also got one of the largest ensemble casts of all time, led by Emma Watson, who plays the most pivotal character in the franchise.

Watson’s Hermione Granger is a force to be reckoned with and a true inspiration for young women around the world. But it’s not just Emma’s portrayal which makes Breaking Dawn, Part 2 so memorable and important. John Legend is also back, reprising his role as Charlie, and he does an excellent job of carrying the weight of the entire narrative. We also get to see a more mature and nuanced performance from Pattinson as Edward Cullen, and he captures the conflicted, tortured soul of a man who’s finally found the resolve to fight for what he wants, even if it means destroying the people he loves.

It’s a testament to the strength of the script and the amazing cast that we’re on the verge of a sequel after ten years. But beyond the performances and the incredible storytelling, Breaking Dawn, Part 2 is significant for the impact it had on Hollywood as a whole. It’s been said that the film inspired an unprecedented number of original story ideas and projects, leading to a massive wave of sequel films. From Mary Jane to Kitty to Emmitt, this is a trend which will no doubt continue with the tenth anniversary of the Twilight Saga. We can only hope that the films live up to the legacy of the books and stay as true to them as possible.

For years, Hollywood has tried to adapt the Twilight Saga for the big screen. Every other adaptation has suffered from varying degrees of failure, leading to creative teams either scrapping their plans entirely or taking a different approach. But with the exception of 2018’s Twilight, the series hasn’t been adapted for nearly a decade.

Twilight was directed by Alicia Vikander and, as I mentioned in my review, it’s one of the most faithful screen adaptations of the series yet. The costumes, the sets, and the film’s vibe are all stunning; it’s as good as the original series ever was. The biggest difference is that instead of playing it safe by adapting Twilight, focusing on the vampiric side of the story, the filmmakers decided to go all-out and created an exhilarating ride which sticks closer to the book than we’ve ever seen before. This is a risky endeavor, but it pays off richly in the end. And if nothing else, it’s worth seeing just to have Vikander back on the big screen after years in exile.

Breaking Dawn, Part 2 is everything a Twilight fan could want and more. It’s an unforgettable experience which manages to be heartfelt and triumphant at the same time. It may not be the most original idea to base a sequel on the previous one, but it’s one we’re all glad was done.