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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Breaking Dawn: Part I


Well, since midnight Thursday night I have started this post in my head well over a hundred times, so many different things I want to say, so many different feelings.  The only constant seems to be:

SPOILER ALERT.

Because I’m just not sure I know how to talk about Breaking Dawn (the movie/book) without even accidentally saying something spoilery.  Talking about the movie shouldn’t be spoilery if you’ve read the book, it follows fairly close, no huge changes or surprises.

But I just can’t talk about it without TALKING about it—no hinting around at scenes or characters or plots—so this is your last warning:

SPOILER ALERT.

I hate to not recommend a movie, but I don’t think the book-lovers are going to enjoy it…And I don’t know that there’s enough content there for people who haven’t read the books to piece everything together.

Having read Stephanie Meyer's series, Breaking Dawn:  Part I felt like so much was missing and rushed.  And it makes me very nervous wondering if they left enough to fill Breaking Dawn: Part II.

For those who haven’t read the books, I think the movie may jump around a too much without giving enough background to keep up.—I was left explaining a lot of the intricacies to my movie companion, who had seen the other movies, but not read the books.

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Twilight: Lover or Hater—the Controversies

It seems about from the inception of Twilight there’ve been lovers and haters.  The love movement growing stronger with each book—midnight book releases, movie adaptations, midnight movie releases, packed bookstores, multiple showings with packed theaters; sold out, people standing, sitting, or camping in line for HOURS.  Team Edward and Team Jacob.  (random thought:  I wonder why there was no Team Bella?)

There were naysayers all along, people who thought Bella was too wimpy, Edward too creepy; not good role models.  But I noticed a change after the release of Breaking Dawn—fans of the series suddenly not happy…for various reasons:  the wedding, the honeymoon, the baby…the imprinting.

And as the movie release approached, I heard more waves of disenchantment coming from [former?] fans—Had it been too long a wait between movies?  The splitting of the book into two movies?  Edward’s wedding hair?  The wedding?  The honeymoon?  The imprinting???


I heard all these reasons floating around the interworld, but I just let them slide.  I liked the series.  And honestly, I LOVED the book.  Breaking Dawn was everything I could have wanted, and I was a little mystified that so many people seemed against the fairy-tale wedding and happy ending.

Anyway, although I see the many values and merits of having such discussions...I’m getting off topic…

Which is, that I am aware of all sorts of reasons for the waning interest in Breaking Dawn.

Still, I eagerly watched Breaking Dawn previews.  I bought my tickets ahead of time.  I showed up at the theater a few hours early.

Some hearty Twihards had showed up with lawn chairs and blankets to start the line at 6:00 pm.  Three hours later, the line was only at 90—A poor showing compared to the last premier where the line had snaked around the outside of our small theater.  By midnight two theaters were close to full, if not 100% sold-out.

The lights dimmed, and the crowds settled into a quiet hush.

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*sigh of puzzlement*

LOVED the soundtrack!!!

As to the movie...I liked the beginning…and I didn’t like the beginning.  It was a culmination of the previews I’d seen, enmeshed with visions of the book come to life.  It was beautiful.  Picturesque.  Grand.  Sweeping.

Props to Billy Burke, who seemed to steal all his scenes as Bella’s nervous and harried father.

A wonderful ensemble cast in all.

So then, why did everything feel so rushed?  And slightly empty of the normal swell of feelings that brought forth in the in books and in the previous movies???

What about it felt mechanical and jerky—very A to B, invitation to wedding to honeymoon—disjointed snapshots instead of smooth transitions?  Indeed many wonderful moments…that didn’t quite fall into place together…and half-moments plucked from the book, but barely touched upon.

And then the second half of the movie…the pregnancy.  *hesitant sigh*

Much like the first half of the movie, I found it rushed and filled with snapshot moments that I wished could have lingered a little longer.  But this time, with the combination of the grotesque.

This is not a pretty pregnancy in the book.  Nor is it one in the movie.  And I wouldn’t have wanted it prettied up.  But it is extreme.

And when some moments felt so void of content, I was surprised to see the clever interpretations of scenes like the wolf-thought-speak and a CSI-microscope-like view into how the vampire venom takes effect.  These were very compelling movie scenes which seemed to fall flat and felt out of place without more to support them.

The birth, itself, felt almost like a different movie—but still one without direction—upon indulging in the grotesque and the extreme the movie seemed poised on the brink of horror and comedy, with Edward as a mad scientist à la Frankenstein in his lab.

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And the worst part is…  I kind of want to see it again.  Just to see if it could really be as bad as I thought it was.



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So, I'm really curious, now—Have you seen it?—Is it just me???






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2 comments:

ASHLEY HOLT said...

Hmm I loss fan girly interest after the first movie I just could not take some of the bad acting (Kristin and Rob were amazingly bad in my opinion). I stayed with the series and read the next 3 books and reluctantly went and saw New Moon and disliked it even more than the first.

When I heard they split Breaking Dawn up into 2 parts all I could do was roll my eyes.They only have money signs in their eyes and care nothing about making a good movie for their fans.

What a mess at least I can say Harry Potter had the decency to deliver the revenue and the quality fans expected when they ended!

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