Breaking Dawn Part 2
Love and lust, commitment and sacrifice.
All of these are necessary aspects of an adult relationship. But Hollywood only focuses on the first two.
There are countless mainstream movies about people falling in love. But there aren’t many movies about adults working through the genuine challenges of a long term relationship.
Hollywood teaches girls to want heart-pounding romance and a happily ever after, but doesn’t offer any reasonable expectations about how much work goes into making that happily ever after last a lifetime.
It is possible that the irresponsibility of Hollywood love stories have contributed to our commitment-phobic society full of unmarried couples and single-parent families.
The young women of America need more movies like “Twilight.” The Twilight saga is for your teenage daughter what PBS children’s shows are for your six year old: they want to watch it, and you should be happy that they want to watch it. Because they’re genuinely educational and wholesome.
Falling in love and staying in love aren’t just different experiences, they are practically the opposite of each other. Falling in love is pure selfishness. It’s all about you.
To make a marriage work, you need to overcome the selfishness of your youth. You need to stop doing things for yourself, and start doing things for the marriage, for both of you, for the family, for your children. You need to stop doing things because they feel good and start doing things because you committed to do them.
It was a unique cinematic experience to watch the two teenage lead characters of the Twilight saga – Bella and Jacob – actually grow up before our eyes. They start off as headstrong, stubborn children and end up as responsible, admirable adults.
Jacob certainly didn’t ask to be the godfather/protector of Bella and Edward’s daughter. But he accepts his burden with grace and dignity. Instead of rebelling against the unfairness of adult responsibility, he finds satisfaction and peace.
Another unusual lesson that the Twilight saga teaches its young, female audience is that men – no matter how perfect they seem at first – are deeply flawed creatures. Hollywood promises that every girl will meet her Prince Charming.
Twilight author Stephenie Meyer has done her best to prepare young women for the way guys really are. Even great guys are moody, angry, and emotionally damaged in some way. A great woman must try to be like Bella: patient, understanding, and forgiving.
The final gift that “Breaking Dawn Part 2” gave us is the gift of a perfect ending. Great sagas – from Star Wars to Harry Potter to The Lord of the Rings – always seem to end with a climactic battle. It’s so disappointing that writers can’t come up with anything better than a big violent war to conclude their stories.
Once again, Twilight is better than other movies. “Breaking Dawn Part 2” ends peacefully and happily. The audience is satisfied and nobody has to die.
“Breaking Dawn Part 2” is a wonderful conclusion to the best female-driven saga in cinema history. The only thing bad about it is that it had to end.