Movie Review: Breaking Dawn Part 2

breaking dawn part 2

Warning – if you haven’t already seen the movie and you don’t want to know what happens then stop reading right here.

So my husband and I chose to wait to go see Breaking Dawn part 2 because I didn’t want to see it with a bunch of screaming teenagers.  I’m soooo glad we waited.  There were maybe 20 people in the theatre with us early on a Saturday morning and we got to enjoy the movie in relative peace and quiet without being distracted by screaming, fidgeting and generally annoying movie goers.  It was heaven.    

Personally, I thought that this was the most entertaining and most ‘true to the book’ of all the Twilight movies.  This may seem strange to some people since there was a lot of buzz about a deviation from the book.  In truth, since I didn’t want to know what that deviation might be, I tried to be as out of the loop as possible before I went to see the movie.  I was, in turn, surprised by what appeared to be a gigantic deviation from the book when the war between the Cullen’s side and the Volturi broke out into an actual fight.  As soon as main characters such as Carlisle and Jasper started to get killed I began wondering ‘where the heck are they going with this?!?’ … and then you find out it’s all a vision.  Whew!  Talk about sweet relief!  At least now if Meyer ever decides she wants to write another Twilight book they could still make a movie.  Anyway, I found something interesting on Meyer’s website the other day addressing this specific issue.  Here’s what she had to say:

 The question, which I got frequently, was how I felt about having a big change inserted into the story during the final climax. My answer was that it didn’t feel like such a huge departure. For me, this moment is already in the book. However, we don’t get to see it in all its exciting and gory detail because we are seeing the world only through Bella’s eyes. A few of the reporters I talked to wanted to know where in the book this moment was hidden. The answer is page 738, fourth paragraph down:

“Aro stared into my eyes for a long, tense moment. I had no idea what he was searching for, or what he found, but after he had measured me for that moment, something in his face changed, a faint shift in the set of his mouth and eyes, and I knew that Aro had made his decision.”

In this short analysis, after Bella has revealed the depth of her power, Aro plays out in his head the probable outcome of a battle with the Cullens. Much like what we see in the movie, Aro foresees a more evenly matched fight than he had expected, the loss of too many of his key players, and—most unacceptable—the likelihood of his own death. Though odds are that the Volturi would have come out on top in the end, Aro wouldn’t have lived to see it and the unassailable nature of the Volturi’s authority would have been broken, possibly forever. It is this vision of the future—though imperfect guesswork on his part—that motivates his retreat.

Personally, I totally agree with her and I think including a fight ‘vision’ was a fantastic idea by the Director and Writer.  It seemed to bring a sense of finality to everything.  It’s a closing of a chapter.  Since there’s been no mention from Meyer about a fifth book in the Twilight series I think it was fitting to give the existing movies a definitive ‘end.’  

Another thing that I feel was handled correctly was the subject of Jacob imprinting on Bella and Edward’s daughter, Reneesme.  If you’ve read the books, then you’re totally aware that this whole concept of imprinting isn’t some wolfy version of something we humans would arrest someone for.  However, if you’re just a casual movie-goer and not a Twilight fan and haven’t read the Twilight books then there’s a definite possibility that you’d be entirely creep-ed out.  By lightly addressing it but not going into specifics they managed to completely evade the creep factor.

In one of Stephenie Meyer’s weirder conceits, Jacob ‘imprints’ on Bella’s daughter: This may be the most awkward way to resolve a love triangle since Luke discovered Leia was his sister.  ~  John Beifuss

In the end though, I think that people who hate this type of book and/or movie will hate this movie, die hard Twi-hard fans will love this movie, and for the middle-of-the-road… well, they’ll probably think it’s juvenile.

I loved the books, I’ve made no secret of that, but you have to realize they’re young adult.  This means, of course, that they’re written for an audience under the age of 18.  Since I surpassed 18 over a decade ago, I expected there to be some disconnect.  In addition, I would have chosen different characters for the movies for several of the main characters but I think some of them were spot on.  All in all – I think the movies fit the book, even if there are things I would have done differently.  Additionally, I’m truly interested to see what they’ll do with the inevitable remake that will come out in my lifetime. 

Have you seen this movie?  What did you think?

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