For the past few weeks the actors of the Twilight movies have been teasing a twist to the plot of Breaking Dawn Part 2. They’ve said things like “we hope the fans won’t kill us,” and I just assumed that was because these fans are purists and want everything to match the book exactly.
Instead, when I watched the movie last night, I was struck by the brilliance of the twist ending. (And, no, I’ve never called a Twilight movie brilliant before.)
Before you continue reading, mega spoilers follow. Do not read the rest of this if you plan to see Breaking Dawn Part 2, because it will spoil something totally epic.
Okay, just the Twi-hards and the curious non-Twilight fans left? Whew.
The moment the twist ending began there was no question this wasn’t in the book. Seeing the head of the Cullen family’s head separated from his body made my jaw drop. The girl sitting next to me started muttering, “This wasn’t in the book. This wasn’t in the book. This wasn’t in the book.”
As the sight of Carlisle’s beheading, the Cullens attack the Volturi. We see favorites die. Jasper. Seth. Over and over. Then these moments of vindication as someone kills the Volturi. Watching Alice take out the psychopathic little Jane, who just murdered Jasper, elicited cheers from the audience.
We watch as beloved characters are ripped to pieces and, some, set on fire. Solace from watching the Aro dying helped quell the tears of the teenagers in the audience.
They almost killed Edward.
Bella nearly bit it.
Then we discover this 20-minute epic battle that showed the movie killing off just about every beloved character was the vision Alice showed Aro to prove it wouldn’t end well if he tried to move against them.
This is why I say it was brilliant: That movie had zero action. This allowed the story arc to pick up the pace and show a real battle scene. It’s also nice to be able to surprise people who are so convinced they already know what words will come out of Bella’s mouth.
What was your reaction to seeing your favorite Twilight characters killed on screen? Did you like the twist ending? If you were to see the movie again, do you think you’d still enjoy that scene or since you know it’s a fake out would it lose power?
While Chelsea Mueller runs Vampire Book Club, she won’t turn down a sexy werewolf, demon or faerie. Her appreciation of Alexander Skarsgard is well documented. Bother her on Twitter — @ChelseaVBC — she likes it.