This has been the best one so far, and not just because it's had the best violence. Though, the action scenes were great. It seems like a good middle movie, with everything right up to the edge of drama -- Bella finally, properly chooses, they beat the girl trying to kill her, they achieve something resembling an understanding with the Voltari (or whatever they're called) and they set a date for the wedding! Same complaints as usual: the writing was often bad, the camera moves were often nauseating, the relationships are all unhealthy and it reinforces some creepy values. Nothing that hasn't been said before.
Bella's belonging speech at the end, though, made me feel some feels. That's the speech I recognize from every brilliantly moving series that made me feel less alone in the world when I was a kid, the speech that helps the nerdy kids who spend their free time reading feel like there are people who understand. Like Harry Potter's "You're a wizard, Harry!" and something in like every third episode of Doctor Who.
This wasn’t a choice between you and Jacob—it was a choice between who I should be and who I am. I’ve always felt out of step—like, literally stumbling through my life—I’ve never felt normal, because I’m not normal. I don’t want to be. I’ve had to face death, and loss, and pain in your world but I’ve also never felt stronger—like, more real; more myself—because it’s my world, too. It’s where I belong.
I mean, there's stuff to find fault in in that speech as much as there is in any part of the Twilight series. But it's the closest I've got to a real fan experience so far today.