The Straits Times
Published on Nov 20, 2012

Breaking Dawn - Part 2 returns to the gore of the earlier movies


Bill Condon's experience writing and directing award-winning musicals such as Chicago (2002) and Dreamgirls (2006) came in useful for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2.

He says: "Music is so much a staple of this movie. Some of those songs and lyrics work like ballads - you let the music take over and tell the story. It really was a conscious effort to pull back and try to tell it more visually and through music. Some of these movies have been kind of dialogue-heavy. This has much less dialogue than any of the others."

Since he shot the final scenes two years ago, Condon has been locked away in an "editing cave", he says, trying to complete the film.

After lots of swooning, soft-focus attention on the Bella and Edward love story in the previous instalment, fans of the movies and the Stephenie Meyer books can expect this movie to return to the gore of the earlier part of the series.