When “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” was split into two films (“Part 1” came out in November 2010 and “Part 2” in July 2011), the decision made sense because the majority of the first part of the book is a sort of on-the-road journey and the second is a humongous battle. With Stephenie Meyer’s “Breaking Dawn,” director Bill Condon and screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg (who has adapted all the “Twilight” books into films with Meyer) took the same tactic: “Part 1,” which came out last year, was more talk-heavy, while this second film promises a climactic battle scene. No matter that the climactic battle scene isn’t actually in Meyer’s book. If “Breaking Dawn – Part 2” didn’t have it, the film would be barely a half-hour long.
So instead, Condon and Rosenberg pad and pad, focusing on Bella (Kristen Stewart, of “The Runaways” and “Snow White and the Huntsman”) and Edward (Robert Pattinson, of “Remember Me” and “Water for Elephants”) as they explore their sexual relationship as husband and wife; become parents to their half-human, half-immortal daughter Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy); and start a standoff against the Italian vampire coven the Volturi, who mistake Renesmee for a child who the Cullens turned into a vampire instead of a child who was born to Bella naturally. But the result is a bare, sparse, dragging two hours, with a mishmash of new characters thrown in, very little attention paid to understanding the transformation in Bella, and a thoroughly anticlimactic finale. Yawn.