Because of too much boredom, my family and I decided to go out, watch a movie and have some bonding together. And as you all know, it’s The Twilight Saga season so most movie houses only have one movie to show: Breaking Dawn Part 1.
But before I give you my two cents regarding the flick, well actually five since I have a lot to tell so prepare yourselves, let me just tell you that none of us, except my youngest brother, was a fan of the series. Call me whatever but I was one of those people who got irritated over The Twilight Saga for being that popular, considering that it has a sparkling vampire, an expressionless girl, and a too sexy werewolf for lead characters. I was one of those who never really got interested about the series no matter how much the fans raved about them. All the information that the rough plots fed me lead to one groundless assumption – the Twilight series‘ main idea is how important it is for Bella Swan to have a boyfriend. And for my big, round head, it sucked bigtime and it made me some sort of a hater. I couldn’t even comprehend why on earth Stephanie Meyer decided to make her vampires sparkly. It was the gayest thing ever to happen to vampire history. And I bet, if Count Dracula knew about it, he’d be ashamed of his entire being. Everyime I think about it, I’d be like, Come on Edward! Save the glitters for the fairies! And to top it all off, I’m a Harry Potter fan, so you know how the “Tumblr Meme War” went.
Anyway, to prepare myself for the movie, I put all my criticisms padlocked in one of the rooms in my head. I knew it would ruin the experience so I decided to come the cinema fresh and clean: not a hater nor a fanatic.
So…to the movie review:
Let’s start off with what you guys want to know, okay?
The Wedding – it was adorable. Every women wore pretty dresses and most men looked like debonaires with their tuxedos. Bella walked down the aisle with her father and she was very nervous that she actually looked like she was having diarrhea and that she needed a restroom break quickly. The kiss-the-bride scene was…thrice longer than the usual kisses in real life weddings, as well as those in movies or TV shows, so yeah, it was weird. There was actually this one whole turn of the camera wherein all you could see was them kissing, sans all the guests from the crowd. But as a reader, I assume it meant something like their eternal love for each other because they kissed like no one was there, as if it was already the end of their fight, and that their love for each other would remain even if everything else in the world would perish. (too much interpretation, eh? Lol)
The Fashion (Wedding) – you might have heard or read this somewhere but yeah, Kristen used two wedding dresses for the movie. One for her dream, and second for the actual wedding. In her dream, she wore a tube, white gown, and even though it was not entirely shown, I still like to think that it looked better than the second one. Her shoes was white, it must be 4 inches high, and it had some bling (it’s the same one she used for the real wedding). Her hair was tied partially, meaning the latter half of it was still loose, perhaps covering her back. She was walking alone and there were red rose petals falling on the ground as she walked. Everyone, including Edward, was clad in white and ivory formal clothes. It was the most beautiful wedding scenario I have ever seen…it was perfect. Sadly, it was just her dream.
So for the real wedding, she wore a long sleeved gown with a long trail. Her back was exposed a little since it was designed fashionably with lace and her hair was tied in a messy bun. There was no dress code so compared to the previous, the guests collectively looked unorganized and not so pretty.
Add-on: Jacob and Bella had a moment during the reception and I didn’t really like it. For me it was a bit too much. You should see it and tell me what you think.
The Honeymoon – just like Bella, I also thought they’d spend their honeymoon at Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Well they still stayed in Brazil, but in another island across Rio. The house was unbelievably posh yet I couldn’t imagine myself staying there for more than a week. It seemed boring. So you may ask, how was their first night? It didn’t contain much action. So yeah, I don’t think it’s something parents should be worried about. But you know what? I was a bit flabbergasted when Bella asked for it. I mean…she was the girl, right? And that she knew what the hell would happen if she becomes pregnant before turning into a vampire? Damn, now I think whatever happened in the movie was mostly her fault.
The Aftermath – okay, based on the trailer we all saw, we know Bella’s going to get pregnant. And like magic, she did. But you have to watch it to know why and how her body deteriorated because of her pregnancy. So there, as her baby bump grew, her body got worn out. One of my favorite things in this film was the way they made Kristen look from beautiful to ugly. The way it was done was very believable. Her baby bump, her bruises, her skin color. She really looked like a dying person who was in dire need of euthanasia, honestly.
The End – of course it was a cliff hanger! I wanted to shout “boo” at the top of my lungs because I did not want it to end yet. Just when everything’s getting exciting, that’s when they decided to cut the movie. Now we all have to wait for next year. =__=
Visual effects – cool and very artistic, I think. Everything was believable except from the werewolves and the way the vampires ran and jumped.
Musical Scoring – Bruno Mars sang the movie’s theme song and I like it! I’m big on rhyming words and Bruno’s song lacked rhyming but I like it anyway. Anyway, I actually felt like the songs ate a lot of the movie’s time. I would prefer the dialogues than musical scoring. But I think their soundtrack was interesting though. I might pore over Google later on to give some of those songs a listen.
Realization – based on this part of the movie that I saw, my first assumption (see second paragraph) was proved wrong. Stephanie Meyer wrote about true love, and this love didn’t just revolve around Bella and Edward’s relationship. And it’s because you could also see Jacob’s love for Bella, unconditional yet unrequited. Both guys would go to the ends of the earth for Bella’s love and…somehow you could say that yeah, that’s true love. There’s also this love for the family that the movie showcased, care of the Cullens. I wanted to include there the Blacks but…you have to see the movie why I didn’t. But for the Blacks, sans Jacob, they showcased the love for the greater good as well as for their whole clan. So there, I’m definitely going to wait for Breaking Dawn Part 2. I might even see the first three parts of the movie franchise…
The Verdict – generally, the movie was good. Less actions and less dialogue, actually. But what made it good was the acting. I admired how the actors spoke with their eyes, with their gestures. It’s actually something the actors should pride themselves in since I believe not everyone can pull it off.
However, the story of Breaking Dawn Part 1 pretty much lacked in substance since it revolved mostly around Bella Swan’s pregnancy. Although I think it’s meant to be like that since Meyer never really wrote two books for Breaking Dawn, so they just cut the fourth book of the series into two divisions, something I would like to call The Chase and The Climax. Again, I’m not a Twilight fan so that means I have never read the books and I have no idea what will be their resolution and ending.
It was actually my first time to like Kristen Stewart, you know. I never believed in her acting skills until I saw the movie. Her skin was glowing, her legs were slender and her hair was perfect. Although I feel kinda bad for her that in the movie she was able to talk well but in real life she cannot. I’ve seen some of her interviews and she usually talked without much lip movement, making her words sound slurry and a bit jibberish; and that my friends, is one of my pet peeves since it’s just plain dumb.
Robert Pattinson, hmm… I don’t know what a lot of girls see in you but in their eyes you’re very attractive. And can you please explain why your pale makeup don’t cover the second half of your neck and chest? That’s absurd. A two-toned, sparkling vampire. And that scene where you kept on pumping Bella’s chest inside the Cullens’ manor while Jacob was outside having his moment? You looked hilariously strange, I just can’t help but notice you there!
Taylor Lautner. Tell me, where did you buy those abs? I’d like to buy some for my brothers as Christmas gifts, if you don’t mind. But whatever, it actually upset me that you didn’t get much screentime, though we all know that Breaking Dawn is generally about Bella and Edward’s union & their fight for their love. You did well though. I never expected Jacob Black to become an ally of the vampires for the sake of Bella and her child. But still…you and your abs should have more and more screentime this coming BD Part 2!
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