Where to begin. I wish I could say I loved Breaking Dawn. I loved the other movies. Well, I loved them as much as the bad acting and CGI/makeup allowed me to love them. But as a huge fan of the books, I am willing to overlook almost anything. Almost. *looks at the book Breaking Dawn* This book was the culmination of hundreds of pages of angst, drama, and whether team Jacob or team Edward would prevail. Every Twi-hard had their own idea about how this would play out but I wanted, no I needed, to know what it would look like on screen even though my leery feelings on what Breaking Dawn entailed made me a skeptic. Alas, curiosity won and if I am honest with myself, I always am, I would have watched this movie regardless because I want to support the books I love so much. Without further ado, let’s begin.
Now it is on to the scene that everyone talked about: baby vampire birth. That’s right. They did it.Not only that but showed it in graphic detail. It wasn’t so much that the “horror” aspect turned me off. As a horror fan it shouldn’t have mattered. It was a simple case of not being able to take the movie seriously. Because of that, I couldn’t take Edward biting into Bella’s stomach to get the baby out seriously. Or the brief, forced moral discussion on whether to call the little vamp a fetus or baby. Seems random since the actors can never capture the true personality of their characters to justify bringing it up. Maybe we can chalk it up to bad editing. Again, take your pick.
Oh…Sorry. Should there have been a huge spoiler alert? I feel that the more one knows about this movie the better they can prepare themselves to not come out uber disappointed.
Okay. I have hated enough. Any true Twi-hard, and yes I do consider myself one believe it or not, that even the most bitter of souls such as myself can find the good. There were a couple. Enough to keep me interested verses falling asleep. First, the wedding. I will hand it to the makeup and costume artists. This is the best any of them looked. The wedding did not disappoint.. The ambiance created a dream- like setting and some of the speeches were funny. Here is looking at you Charlie and Jessica. It had the right kind of awkward that can come with too many emotional people under one roof. Or in this case trees. Second is when Bella is trying to seduce Edward to have sex with her again. This had me giggling with delight. Granted, neither of them were talking through this sequence so it gets bonus points. Their chemistry together is on full display and it is one of the few things they have right. Third on my list is Seth, I don’t know who played him but that kid was adorable. The perfect Seth. The right amount of courage and innocent faith that Seth needed. I wish good things for him. We didnt’t see him often so it didn’t minimize the other bad acting but we saw him just enough for him to breathe a breath of fresh air. Last on the good things list was seeing Reneesme when she is older. This is never talked about in the book but I personally believed it was a great addition to her older and with Jacob. Gives us a glimpse of something Stephanie Meyers never showed us. Whether you thought the actress playing her was pretty or not, it doesn’t matter. The director gets kudos solely for adding it in.
There you have it. The good and ugly. To say I would not see this again would be a lie and remember, I don’t lie to myself. It may be with a cynical eye each time and not worth constant repetition in the DVD player but regardless, it will be watched again. Whenever I pick up Breaking Dawn I will want to see the live action incarnation of it. That is why we see Twilight. To see the fantasy in real life. It is why Twilight will be the number one movie opening weekend. It is why it will probably number one the weekend after. To see how the story of Edward and Bella ends. Excuse me. Almost ends. This is the first part. While I disagree with splitting the movie up (money making, marketing scheme anyone?) I am even more intrigued what they will do with the second half of the story. Another midnight show is in my future. Bella wakes up a vampire and the fight that never happens is coming up. But I will leave that for next time.