When I was a senior in high school, I wrote a review for my school newspaper about the book “Breaking Dawn” by Stephenie Meyer. I remember stating that the novel seemed like it was a series of its very own and didn’t seem to belong with the “Twilight” series. I guess opinions change.
On opening night of the film, I watched the movie with a crowded theater of high school and fellow college students. As a fan of the series, I had high hopes for this particular film. I was finally going to see director’s view of the honeymoon, the pregnancy and the imprinting.
Needless to say, I was not disappointed in the director’s take on the film but instead in the lead actors’ performance. This could have been prevented had the director of the first film in the series casted a few different actors to portray the parts. I digress.
As anticipated, the lead characters, Edward and Bella, marry in the beginning of this film. Following the wedding, is the even more anticipated honeymoon.
Although the water and bedroom scenes were super awkward, the scenes stayed true to the book. Edward Cullen, played by Robert Pattinson in the saga, proved he could get passionate, a little too passionate, physically rather than just emotionally, even though we only really get to see the evidence of it from the next morning since the deflowering takes place somewhere off-screen. Twihards everywhere will be disappointed as this was one of the parts of the book that was anticipated to see brought to life on the silver screen.
After the honeymoon gets shortened because of uncertain circumstances, the couple head back home.
While a pregnancy isn’t really the best wedding gift for anyone, Kristen Stewart’s character, Bella, enjoys her short pregnancy a little too much.
Jacob, played by Taylor Lautner, continues to somehow try to win Bella’s affection even though she is married and pregnant by this point. Little does he know, he will have someone else close to Bella to care for by the end of this film. It’s weird, and it’s funny.
I wasn’t sure where the film would end but when the movie was over, I thought the conclusion was great. The way the film ended left the two-part movie solid. I wanted to see more when I left the theater, and I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who left feeling that way.
Overall, I will say there was too much male (specifically vampire) makeup and I could have been OK with fewer shirtless Lautner scenes, but maybe the werewolf’s body heat can’t handle Forks, Wash.
While I wouldn’t exactly call this movie Oscar worthy, and I don’t think many would, I would say that the film and cast is definitely worthy of some MTV Movie Award popcorn trophies. Let’s see if they win best kiss and movie of the year again this year.
“Breaking Dawn: Part II” is set to be released in theaters Nov. 16 this year, according to the Internet Movie Database.