‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2’ is ‘Twilight’ done right !

The sex scenes between Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart sizzle. The acting is a touch better. And, for once, a “Twilight” delivers slam-bang action and legitimate special effects.

But what makes “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2” superior to the four-pack of “Twilight” films that preceded it is its brand of campy humor.

Rather than repeat past mistakes by handling author Stephenie Meyer’s supernatural love story with kid gloves, this “Twilight” cuts loose and is as playful as a puppy. It never takes itself seriously, and that makes a world of difference. There are still issues — length is one, pacing another — but this turns out to mostly be an unexpected success.

Director Bill Condon — who helmed the goofy, over-the-top “Breaking Dawn — Part 1” — and regular screen series scribe Melissa Rosenberg have cranked out a winning “Twilight” recipe, a feat that has stymied previous directors. Too bad it arrives at the table only for dessert.

Regardless, the refreshing approach to “Breaking Dawn — Part 2” proves to be a welcome departure for fans and non-fans alike, invigorating the revered series’ final chapter and its beloved characters and actors as well.

In the past, Bella (Stewart) has been an annoying drip, stringing along her bloodsucking soulmate Edward (Pattinson, so sexy here) while flirting with her beastly he-boy Jacob (Taylor Lautner, more at ease).

Not this time. As a newbie vampire, she finally

sheds her irritating tics and mumblecore speech patterns. Bella’s new powers transform her into a bloodsucking Wonder Woman of sorts, as she takes down buffed-out Jacob during an argument and one-ups cocky Emmett Cullen (Kellan Lutz). Stewart has a heyday with the changes, giving her best, most lively performance in the series. 

But Bella’s not the only newborn with great powers. Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy), Bella’s and Edward’s half-human/half-immortal daughter, has special talents, including growing up very quickly. She catches the unwanted attention of the Volturi, the high-powered vampire coven led by Aro (Michael Sheen, hamming it up and looking perfectly ridiculous in what resembles Janet Jackson’s jacket from “Rhythm Nation.”) 

This, of course, sets the stage for a tense showdown, with vampires and wolves squaring off against the small army of Volturi.

The scene provides a satisfying dramatic flourish near the movie’s end and snugly puts a cap on the guilty-pleasure series. If only they’d uncorked that bubbly humor from the start.

Breaking Dawn Part 2 Photos: Renesmee Revisited!

It's Renesmee!

We’re back with more photos from Breaking Dawn Part 2.

Or, we should say: Entertainment Weekly is back with more photos from Breaking Dawn Part 2.

Renesmee Photo

Following yesterday’s first look at Mackenzie Foy as Renesmee, the magazine has unveiled a slew of new images, all teasing the November 16 release of the Twilight Saga conclusion.

Click through now for enlarged shots of Foy, Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Dakota Fanning, Kellan Lutz and more! And don’t forget to pick up the latest issue of EW, on sale this Friday.

Breaking Dawn Photo

Bella and Daughter

Robsten Wedding Plans

Happy Birthday Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart turns 22 on April 9, 2012. Not only is this is a great time to celebrate the birth of this prolific actress but this is also a great time to call out her trio of projects that are ready or almost ready for public consumption.

For starters, KStew will be seen in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, her last turn in this career-building franchise. The movie starts where the last one left off which puts Stewart’s character, Bella Cullen, in the forefront of the flick as she and Edward (Robert Pattinson) do their best to protect their daughter, Renesemee (Mackenzie Foy).

Breaking Dawn Part 2 will hit theaters on November 16, 2012, but before that, Kristen Stewart will be seen in two other features.

One major motion picture in which Stewart plays one of the title roles is set for theaters come June 1, 2012. This movie–Snow White and the Huntsman–was filmed in London, and includes Charlize Theron as the Evil Queen and Chris Hemsworth as The Huntsman. The filmis based on the well known fairy tale, but has been interpreted in a fresh way through dynamic CGI tricks and lots of tricks as directed by Rupert Sanders

Meanwhile, in a completely opposite role, Kristen Stewart will bow in On the Road as the irrepressible Marylou. In the movie version of the classic Jack Kerouac novel, the versatile actress will stick to script and will show off more than she ever has before as far as her body is concerned since the story calls for her character to appear completely nude in a number of scenes.

That said, the release date for the American premiere of On the Road has not been released, although the feature is set to open in Belgium, France, The Netherlands and Portugal at the end of May, 2012.

And so, as the world waits for three Kristen Stewart flicks to open, KStew turns 22 in time to celebrate her birthday during a year in which this hard-working actress is set to make waves in three different roles, all bring out fans galore. Stay tuned.

Kristen Stewart as a Vampire: First Look !!

Earlier this week, the first photo from Breaking Dawn Part 2 hit the Internet. And it may have been a close-up of Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen, but let’s be honest: It wasn’t really all that revealing.

Fortunately, a new image is here to rectify that.

Taken from a feature on the special DVD handed out last month during a Twilight Saga-related event at Target, we’ve now gotten our first glimpse at Bella Swan as a vampire. Check it out below :

Bella as a Vampire

“It’s strange,” the red-eyed, pale-skinned Bella tells her husband in the clip from which this shot is taken. “Physically I feel like I could demolish a tank. Mentally I feel just drained.”

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 hits theaters on November 16, 2012.