Will Breaking Dawn Have the Fans Flocking Back For Big Screen Rewatch?

In her Movies.com article this week, Laura explores what is going to be necessary for Breaking Dawn to score fan re-watch. The stakes are really high in the fourth movie. Will it deliver in the fan and economic expectation factors? Check out Laura’s critical success areas and box office predictions.

Unquestionably, the single most blogged-about item with regards to Breaking Dawn Part 1 is the honeymoon. For months there has been nonstop discussion among fans about Isle Esme, feathers, and headboards. As soon and the press junket happened, the question of would the honeymoon be sexy enough for fans again came into play. Fans heard Robert Pattinson, Bill Condon, and Kristen Stewart all talk about “toning down the thrusting” to keep the PG-13 rating, while the trailer and teaser clips have all given a glimpse into that night. We’ve seen Pattinson’s muscular back and headboard crash, Stewart’s towel drop on the beach, and the enraptured look on the pillows. Now the big questions are: “Is there more?” and “Do the fans get the payoff they want?” The rewatch factor is going to heavily rely on what the Isle Esme scenes deliver. Fans won’t flock back to theaters again and again if this payoff isn’t huge.

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  1. I’m DEFINITELY going back to watch it more than once! :) I’m so excited to see it again!

  2. Uh Yeah the honeymoon was more than enough to keep me coming back, it was so much more than I could have asked for, amazing!

  3. Funny how when my friends and I went into the movie we were excited for the bedroom scene, the wedding scene, etc, but when we left all anyone could talk about was the epic last 20 minutes!! Definitely the most intense and memorable sequence.
    That being said, the wedding and honeymoon were lovely scenes. They did not disappoint. I’m definitely seeing it again (plural).

    …though I’ll have to cover my ears to avoid that unfortunate robot-wolf chat…

    • Me Too

    • i was like are you serious i did get a good laugh out of it though should have kept them human on that part

    • Agree completely with Sylvia. The honeymoon was very romantic and visually lovely, and tender. But…

      Watching Bella’s gaunt, hauntingly fragile body, break, crumble, contort in pain…and die. Bill Condon is a genius showing it from Bella’s pov!! It made it so genuine and frightening real…and then the images of her corpse. I still can’t get that out of my head, and that the character did it all, for her child, well…

      Every Mother can relate to that! The heartbreaking pain that Pattinson and Stewart projected in the supporting scenes was straight from the heart! I doubt they had to dig deep to imagine what it would be like to face loosing the one you love. Their on-screen chemistry has NEVER been better!!

      The wedding was absolutely breathtakingly romantic!! Kristin Stewart is…ridiculously beautiful in the Carolina Herreara gown…just no words. The set is a Wedding Planners wet dream!!! Prince William and Lady Kathryn, have nothing on Edward and Bella’s nuptuals.

      I could go on and on…but to put it plainly, Yes I’m going to see it again, couple more times. I also know many people who have already seen it 3-4 times sense it opened. Yeah, Summit won’t be a hurtin’ for money, rofl!

      BTW, did I mention Bill Condon is a genius?

  4. Totally going again. By tonight I will have seen it three times and have more times planned out:) its my favorite one by far, not because of the honeymoon scenes or wedding or anything I was looking for, but because the tiny parts of the book that I loved that got put on the screen turned into amazing moments! Although the wedding and honeymoon scenes were amazing
    I do agree the wolf chat was a little ridiculous though…

  5. Tara Pryde says:

    Went to premiere and dragging hubby to it tonight. LOVED the dress, honeymoon, wedding. Could have done without the wedding nightmare (made no sense w/o the immortal child aspect included); sad that the Rosalie-Jacob relationship wasn’t explored more (no Fido bowl reference, waaah); thought the soundtrack was overdone at the beginning; wolf robot-chat was weird. Did not care for the wolf/Cullen fighting much, and one chess scene was plenty. Liked the take on the transformation, but would have liked Bella’s viewpoint/thoughts/experience to be more included in the birth and transformation. I was VERY impressed by the CGI effects on poor Bella toward the end of her pregnancy, theydid a great job making her look haggard. All in all, the movie was pretty good–the filmmakers had a challenge translating all the complexity to the big screen and pleasing all us die-hard Twi-hards!

    • i thought the chess scene repeated was so funny

      • Chela Madison says:

        Yes, I had fun watching the parallel between Edward beating Bella at chess and successfully avoiding more sexy times ;)!

    • I went for the second time last night and, since I got to really enjoy it this time instead of thinking about what wasn’t there so much, I loved it. And I saw the humor in the chess scene being repeated. Truly relished the experience, and now I love the movie even more.

      • alwaysedward says:

        i too just got back from seeing it a second time…… the first time, i loved it just thought some parts pulled me out of it but today……. amazing!

  6. Elizabeth (EverythingRemindsMeOfTwilight) says:

    I don’t have time to read Laura’s full article this week. I’m off to see the theater for the second time!!! It’s AMAZING!!! Thank you, Bill Condon!

  7. I absolutely loved it, and the whole Isle Esme sequence more than delivered (actually some people in the theater started clapping when the headboard went crashing).
    That being said, you can’t just bank on that part alone to keep the momentum for repeat watchers. I know for me, economically it’s just not in my reality to see it too many times. Especially with many screens switching to ETX digital, which is $15, even more than IMAX or 3-D. I don’t know if that will have any impact on number of seats sold, but I’m sure the inflated theater prices will help $ totals. Anyways, I do plan on seeing it 1 or 2 more times, tops – absolutely loved it after all. But I saw NM and Eclipse 7 times each in theaters.

  8. Kaya Harber says:

    I went to see it at midnight and about 2 hours I get to see it again, might have to go again on Sunday… I don’t want to miss anything do I ;)

  9. of course as much as I want.sorry for the haters and critics a like.the twilight breaking dawn part 1 is critic proof,dont waste your saliva bashing the movie

    • Thank you, Maria! I agree 100%! people constantly tell us how much critics hate the series, blah blah blah. We have computers and TVs, we know. We don’t need to come here and be reminded.

  10. Movie was GREAT!! Edward and Bella both gorgeous!! Wolf dialog a little different??

  11. I loved it! I can’t wait to see it again, but unfortunately twice is all I will get to see it again.

    I don’t know why everyone is calling the wolf speaking “robot-wolf speech” I think it was good. It made it sound like it was a grape vein. And they wanted to change the tone of it from human to wolf. So in a way it works. I think.

    The wedding, honeymoon, the birth scene was fantastic. I don’t have any negative things to say about this one. I was disappointed that Edward was in sunlight and I didn’t see any sparkle. Did anyone else?

    I loved the imprint scene! Taylor did such a great job. I like how he got to see a glimpse into what she would look like and the colors and the feeling you got from watching it. It was done very well. I was so nervous that it would look ridiculous. Did you see how Edward looked when he found out that Jake imprinted on Renesmee? I was wanting him to attack him so bad! But alas, he did not. -sigh- Bella better go for his throat in part 2 bwhahaha!

    • I’m with you. I don’t understand the criticism of the wolf scene. Maybe the sound effects were not what people were expecting, but I imagine that that is what it would sound like to have a ton of voices inside your head (and what Edward hears all the time!) Unless you’d focus on one particular voice, this would be what you’d hear…like the babbling of a crowd of people with their words all jumbled together.

      Also, the scene where Jake leaves the pack would NOT have been as powerful if they’d been in human form!! We needed to see Sam’s Alpha voice forcing each one of his wolves to the ground in supplication. That’s how a wolf hierarchy works! Then to see Jacob rise up from the ground in defiance. I simply could not imagine that scene having the same impact if they’d been human.

      The tone of this whole movie shifted just enough to make Breaking Dawn book-haters (like me) love it! Gone was the extreme rabid-ness (is that a word?? LOL) of Rose, the Cullens weren’t suspicious of each other and eyeing each other like enemies. Movie Jacob was a bitter harpy like Book Jacob. He was actually a little more mature in the movie. I liked that better.

  12. I am so jelous. I’m definitely not going to be able to see it for another 2 weeks. I HATE being a poor college student living paycheck to paycheck. I just cant believe its finally here and I’m going to have to wait!!

  13. You bet I’ll be going back…. and back…. and back!

  14. MariposaAlice says:

    I was so so happy that the “sex scene” turned out to be a love scene. I was not looking forward to that, I was more looking forward to everything after the honeymoon. But the love scene turned out to be very beautiful, and so did the rest of the movie =) I want to go back, but I didn’t go back to resee any of the other movies, because well, poor, man. But we’ll see~

  15. I went to the midnight premiere, but I will not be seeing it again, even though I went numerous times to the other movies. I saw more of Kristen Stewart half-naked than I cared to. I would have rather seen that kind of focus on the guys since this is a movie for girls. I though the ending was great and the wedding scene, but I did not care for some of the honeymoon scenes. I would rather have that stuff left to the imagination, like in the books.

  16. Nicole Caulfield says:

    EPIC!! Just seen it and I’m going again tomorrow and might have to go during the week as well. So good! I loved evereything about it and have to admit that I cried when Bella walked down the aisle. :’) so good. Robot wolf chat was a little weird to be honest, still good though. :) xxxx

  17. When the wedding speaches started I already knew I was going to see this movie again. I didn’t care that much about Isle Esme (still loved it though), but the last part of the movie just totally rocked it for me. I loved Bella’s transformation in the end! Werewolf talk was a little bit weird, because I couldn’t really make out who was who. I think the werewolve furr didn’t contrasted enough with each other; it made discerning them harder. But aside from little points like that I loved it and it;s totally worth seeing it again.

  18. Seeing it in 5 hours!!!!! Yea!!! And have tickets to see it again on Tuesday in a luxury theater. Listening to the soundtrack right now too!!! Can’t wait.

  19. Haven’t seen it yet since it just came out here today, but I’ll only be seeing it once. That’s just all that’s in the budget. I only was able to see the others once too, though I wanted so badly to go back! I’ll probably feel the same way about this one.

  20. My take on the wolf pack talk all jibberish like is that they were all thinking at same time but not the same thing exactly…so it gets kind of confusing. In the book, the best might be Jacob’s description of when he comes back with news that Bella is pregnant. It took a bit for the minds to sync up. It was one of two things I was really curious how they were going to do it on film. I think it worked. The transformation worked as well.

  21. I’ve seen it twice and would love to see it again and again!! Best by far!!! Honeymoon scenes were great and left me very satisfied!! Loved the whole thing-it was so much better than the other movies on every level.

  22. I saw it three times in 14 hours and I have plans to see it two more times in the next three days.

  23. Already seen it twice. I’m off for round three in 6 hours. I saw the Twilight 4 times, New Moon 2 times and Eclipse 3 times. I catch something new every time.

  24. Honeymoon Great! but definitely NOT all the movie has to offer…birth scene was incredible as was the wedding and bella’s pregnancy, all enough to pull me back for more…actually ESPECIALLY bella’s pregnancy and birth that whole sequence was phenomenal!
    Im already booked for three more sessions, cant wait. Kristen you did an awesome job with the pregnancy and the birth…Twilight has definately not lost its screen mojo…

    p.s. the only thing i would change, and granted, its a hard scene to pull off was Jacob becoming an alpha….this scene was a little cringe for me…and yet Taylor did an exceptional job stepping up as the human alpha jacob…it was just the wolf scene…maybe could have been different…oh what i’d give to sit around the brainstorming table when these scenes were written!

  25. i will definitely be going to see it again. The movie was absolutely amazing. The birth scene was so intense almost everyone in the theater looked AWAY from the screen. I am so, so, so impressed. Could K-Stew be any hotter (in the beginning of the film?) My only question is, did she actually lose all that weight? She looked like a walking skeleton by the end of the film…

    • My understanding is that the way the filming was scheduled Kristen was human, pg, vampire all in same day at times. I think Bill Condon may have mentioned she lost some weight, but it was mostly makeup and CGI work. They did a fantastic job. Bill said Kristen stayed on the gurney the whole day and can hold her breath for 2 minutes. The intensity they all brought to the scene was really felt. Marvelous job on all their parts.

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