Will Roose’s review published on Letterboxd:
I found Breaking Dawn Part 1 to be the best sequel in the series, with most of the success coming from ridiculous but genuinely interesting plot threads that had potential to be explored further in the finale. Now having finished the saga, I realize that the reason Part 2 disappointed so greatly derived from Stephanie Meyer, who makes it clear that she had no idea how to end the saga. Even Melissa Rosenberg (who has written all the films for the screen) tries and fails to interject new material with the hope of making the audience care about the storyline, which resolves around a big ol' misunderstanding between the Cullens and Volturi.
One of the biggest problems I had with the film was the overabundance of new characters that show up and add nothing to the character dynamics. The arcs of Bella, Edward, and Jacob are pretty much completed by the start of the film, and the film becomes increasing harder to get through knowing that everybody will end up exactly where they started, highlighting how unnecessary everything feels.
I have seen many series start off on a middling note and work their way up to becoming something special, but by the end I was very dissatisfied the way everything wrapped up. New Moon will always be the worst in my opinion, but even the unremarkable Eclipse felt more cohesive. The Twilightathon was truly a journey with highs and lows, and I hope everyone had as much fun to read these reviews as I had to write them. C-