This always seemed like the less intellectual, teen series cousin of Harry Potter – but after the enthralling finale you could call me semi-converted.
My mum and sister claimed my reviews on the first four-parts were a tad harsh – none garnering more than three-stars – but even though you’d hardly call me a Twi-hard, I was admittedly a tad sad to see the credits roll.
Just like Part One, this fifth part took a while to really kick into gear, but the last hour undeniably has the most bite in the series.
In between Part 2 continues in the same generally bright and breezy clichéd vein, never really showing anything close to the ingenuity of Harry Potter or other notable franchises, but evoking enough heart by close of play to make a footnote in cinema history.
It’s bizarre that elements of the final exhilarating battle which are not in Stephanie Meyers’ novels provide arguably the best 20 minutes in the whole series.
But that alone is worthy enough to bump it up a mark – and as it’s the final part giving it four stars is a no-brainer.