What struck me most about Breaking Dawn – Part 2 and the Twilight Saga as a whole was the way it portrayed the lengths someone would go to find love that would last forever. Bella, who was something of a misfit, found in the Cullens a family who loved and accepted her. In Edward she found someone who will supposedly never leave her or forsake her. No wonder the series is so popular; the longing for that kind of love is something we humans all have in common. But you won’t find it in the arms of a vampire; that kind of love only comes from Jesus.

CAUTIONS:

  • Drugs/Alcohol:   Drinking wine, smoking. One could consider vampires to be addicted to blood.
  • Language/Profanity:  Mild: a** and the d-word on multiple occasions.
  • Sex/Nudity:  Some male upper nudity. Multiple kisses between different characters. A sex scene is passionate and intense but more is implied than shown, although there are some entwined limbs and characters are shown snuggling nude in bed (all the important bits are obscured). Man begins to undress woman; much sexual tension.
  • Violence:   A lot of violent, emotional, intense, frightening battles and deaths. Heads and limbs are ripped off bodies; vampires burned “alive.” (Mercifully, as vampire hearts don’t beat, there is no blood when heads roll.) Humans, animals, and vampires are all killed in various ways including biting, gouging, falling into a ravine, and having head torn in half. Disturbing image of child vampire with bloody face standing over a scene of carnage. Long, drawn out, intensely violent battle scene.
  • Spiritual Themes: Much is made of the “forever” aspect of this fictional love story. In real life, this longing to belong and loved forever can only be fulfilled by Jesus. 

Publication date: November 16, 2012