When my 13 year old niece expressed immense interest in watching this film, I was a little taken aback. However she wasn't let into the cinema hall as this was an 18 film; made me wonder if Stephanie Meyer had exercised such caution when writing the series. Anyhow, this film is for the fans and the fans only.
I am no fan of the Twilight Saga. Lets be honest its just teen smut wrapped in the package of quasi-literature and mega-studio money. So this movie only extends all that, just a little further. The film offers nothing new from the book, though spreading it over two parts kind of stretched my limits. It takes painfully long to establish and for some people who were watching Twilight for the first or the second time, this exaggerated setup was not only boring but even plain confusing. So definitely the screenwriting has faltered on that.
Director Bill Condon has managed to showcase some visual treats, especially in the last scene where Bella delivers. It was novel and rarely have I seen child birth so graphically yet aesthetically done. Full marks there.
The leading trio is just as wooden as they have come to be known. Kristen Stewart has upped her range a bit and could well be on her way to becoming the fantasy-drama queen. The boys, well the lesser said, the better.
Overall, this film should have been called The Twilight Saga: the wedding, the honeymoon and the consequences thereof. Go if you are a Twilight fan. 2.5 stars