A Decade Later, The Epic Finale of The Twilight Saga.
Who could forget that heart-stopping moment? The cinematic sleight of hand that left millions of viewers worldwide in disbelief during the final scenes of ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2.’
Unlike the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), renowned for its epic boss battles, Twilight threw us a curveball that, till today, remains unparalleled.
Let’s rewind a little for context. The Twilight series, based on Stephanie Meyer’s best-selling YA fantasy novels, was primarily known for its enticing love triangle, teen angst, atmospheric soundtrack, and distinctive blue filter.
However, director Bill Condon threw caution to the wind and diverged from the predictable narrative during the series finale in 2012.
To jog your memory (beware, spoilers ahead!), vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and human Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) have a half-human, half-vampire child, Renesmée, in ‘Breaking Dawn — Part 1’.
Edward turns Bella into a vampire to save her during childbirth, while their child quickly becomes a target for the Volturi, the vampire law enforcement, led by Michael Sheen.
The stage is set for a showdown, with the Cullens assembling a team, including CGI werewolves and new vampire allies, to protect Renesmée. What follows is an outlandish yet entertaining sequence of events, far surpassing anything the MCU has ever presented.
This seven-minute battle against the Volturi is a chaotic visual spectacle full of beheadings, body slams, and lava.
Vampires and werewolves engage in fierce combat, while Alice (Ashley Greene), a vampire with the power of foresight, tries to warn the Volturi of their impending doom.
Nevertheless, the Volturi, unfazed by the warning, initiate the attack, resulting in a wild melee where many fan-favorite characters meet untimely ends.
The entire scene is a thrilling roller coaster that keeps the audience at the edge of their seats.
In the final minutes, Edward and Bella manage to decapitate the Volturi leader, marking what appears to be the climax.
However, in a shocking twist, the entire battle sequence is revealed to be a part of Alice’s vision shown to the Volturi leader — a mere hypothetical scenario of the bloody consequences had he decided to continue his pursuit of Renesmée.
This brilliant twist not only makes the entire battle sequence a cerebral experience but also sets ‘Twilight’ apart from other fantasy franchises.
Despite the widespread criticism ‘Twilight’ faced during its run, it still offered a unique blend of romance, action, and self-awareness that made it a cultural phenomenon.
The unexpected twist in the final battle shows that Twilight vampires weren’t just shiny and “sparkly” but also capable of brutal action.