Breaking down “Breaking Dawn”
It wasn’t until he did his first scene shirtless in the first five minutes of Breaking Dawn Part I that the burlier-by-the-second Taylor Lautner would remind me that “Hey, WTF? I’m watching a Twilight film!” As usual, since I was up for some escapism-directed, feel-good stuff, I’d admit that I’ve been amused by the movie. It was a relief emo!Bella Swan had vanished off. Here, she’s just like a normal American teen pretty giddy to taste her first.
Bella, I hope you got enough sleep this last 18 years, becuase you won’t be getting much more. [Emmett Cullen]
The Twilight Saga apparently took the direction that the Harry Potter franchise had gone to: Splitting the last book into two giant films which were obviously geared towards a larger business goal. In this second-to-the-last film, Bella and her century-old, sleep-deprived vampire lover Edward Cullen decide to take their relationship to the next level by getting married. While this may seem akin to a cliche plot on teen romance in One Tree Hill, their impending marriage actually meant more. It’s totally a big deal for a human like Bella to be converted into a blood-sucker. Eventually, she’ll turn bloodthirsty and monstrous, and while death is most feared, not dying and thus, living for ages are altogether worse.
Although I didn’t dare read a word from any of Stephenie Meyer’s book series, I’ve watched all Twilight films straight from the big screen (no) thanks to some goading and/or the free tickets. This movie is particularly my most loved/least hated precisely because Bella was no longer throwing a sulky fit whenever she’s psychologically wounded.
Although it still felt serious in the latter half when she got pregnant with a vicious, fast-growing baby in her womb (cheers to the makeup team for making Kristen Stewart look so freakishly scrawny and sapped!), the rest of Breaking Dawn Part I turned out to be entertaining and light. The wedding, the confrontation amongst Jacob and the wolf pack, the awkward-aggressive sex scene… Even the tracks played during the end credits were cutesy and all: Endtapes by The Joy Formidables, then It Will Rain by Bruno Mars.
Posted on November 21, 2011, in Mmmovies and tagged Bill Condon, Breaking Dawn, Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Stephenie Meyer, Taylor Lautner, Twilight, vampires, werewolves. Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.