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. Absolutely going to see this again!
    I thought Twilight was amazing while New Moon and Eclipse felt a little lack luster, and honestly I was really, really worried about Breaking Dawn delivering, but holy crap I was wrong.

    I loved the entire movie, and am really happy Bella’s Lullaby and a few of the other songs from Twilight made it back in for this one.
    I’m also really, really happy with the sequence they did when Jacob imprinted and with what they showed while Bella changed.

    This movie was amazing.

  2. Saw it at midnight and then rushed off to see it midmorning just as soon as the kiddos were in school ;) I can’t put into words how much I love this movie. Every single element was there. Wedding, honeymoon were perfect. Isle Esme was perfect, birth was perfection. Speaking of that scene, Rob was fabulous there. The emotion he conveyed was heart wrenching. Bella was so sickly looking, and seeing her go from emaciated to vampiric perfection gets me so excited for part 2.
    I WILL be rewatching this one numerous times. I can handle $9/ week matinee for entertainment if I get to see that for a few weeks!! Congrats Mr. Condon.

  3. Saw it t midnight and I’m seeing it again with friends once maybe twice more. Absolutely loved it! I got my long awaited Seth fix! When Bella drank the blood, people where grossed out and I just smirked. At the wedding nightmare, people gasped in horror…I laughed. The wedding toasts absolutely killed me though, I laughed so much. I hope in part two there are more Emmett jokes, Rose/Jake interaction, and Jasper in general.

  4. seen it today, going to go again this weekend!!!

  5. Gabrielle Laugier Denoon says:

    I just saw it and i wanted to walk into the adjacent theatre that had just started it to watch again!!!!!!!!!! it was PERFECTION

  6. I’ve seen the movie twice today. So good! It certainly lived up to my expectations. I liked the way that Bill Condon used flashback scenes to help tell certain parts of the story. I would not base how many times I see it on just the honeymoon scene. I liked the total story and how it all went together, that is what will have me in the seats a few more times. I am so impressed by the actors and how they did with the material. The wolf pack mind talk all made sense to me as they tried to all communicate at once. The birth scene was touching.
    Tomorrow I’ll see it again.

    ps. They should not make us wait a whole year for part 2!

  7. Love love loved it!!! I can;t wait to go back again! the dress was drop dead beautiful! and everything else from begining to end was perfect! As a fan I am really impressed! and satisfied! :) :)!!

  8. woah woah woah woah…. where to start?? Ummm… DEFINITELY seeing it again. it was crazy, when I saw the people before walking out of the theater they didn’t look happy and dreamy like I did coming out of Eclipse… and I was worried, but now I know why! HOLY INTENSITY! those last 20 minutes were CRAZY and I LOVED it. I thought Edward did such a good job at the end, and the transformation was SO cool (props to Bill Condon), and the emotional intensity was just crazy! Even the imprinting on the baby thing was well done (VERY hard to pull off, and Condon did it)! LOVED the wedding, LOVED the honeymoon (K-Stew did look smokin’… and the wedding dress was absolutely gorgeous). I got to say tho… MY ONE complaint… they made Edward look pretty bad when Bella was first pregnant. Did NOT appreciate that. Damn you Melissa Rosenburg making my Edward look less than perfect… but other than that… it was, PERFECT.

  9. WOAH WOAH WOAH WOAH! where to begin? ummm… will DEFINITELY see it again! holy crap… can you say INTENSE? the last 20 min were emotionally CRAZY! edward did such a good job at the end, and bella’s transformation was SO cool. Not to mention, the imprinting was actually very tasteful and well done. Props to Bill Condon. The honeymoon and wedding were awesome…Kstew is smoookin’ and that wedding dress looks stunning on her. My ONE complaint… I think they went a little overboard with AngryWard. M.R. did NOT make him look good at the beginning of Bella’s pregnancy. Not happy about that, but other that that… WELL DONE!

  10. Um did anyone else notice that edward or anyone else didn’t glitter during his honeymoon or the wedding?

    • I noticed. Also hated the location–filming in Louisiana was a big flop in my opinion. Too bright for these sparkly vamps to be walking around outdoors.

  11. Gay Bunnell says:

    I have to agree, It was fabulous. We were at the premier and stayed at tent city and had such a great time. Will definitely be going to see it again. I saw New moon 45 times and Eclipse 41 times in the theatre. I get more out of them every time I see them. Job well done by all. This was a difficult book to bring to life and Bill Condon and all pulled if off. I can’t wait for the next one!!!

  12. The book was so awful I was hoping they would stray from it a bit more in the movie to make it a bit more palatable. No such luck. Some scenes were just painful to watch–the necking at the alter–ewww, I mean really come on. The CGI wolf conversation–w t f? The love scene–yeah the bed broke but from the scene’s lack of heat it seemed out of place.
    Best scene–Edward asking Bella if it hurt much and his palpable shame and horror after their first night as man and wife.

    Also, they really should have dumped the pg rating and actually went for the gore as described in the book concerning the pregnancy and birth. After all, the book was by no means fodder for the tween audience, why should the movie be?

  13. Did not disappoint, and will be seeing it again with hubby tomorrow night.
    Spoiler coming…..

    Honeymoon night was just a little too much for me to allow my 14 yr old to go. For that reason (and friends agree) their daughters who saw the other movies will not be seeing this one untill they are older. Too soon for them to be watching that. I think that’s where they will lose some money (as it should be) the younger audience who will not be going.

    However, I’ve seen “worse,” and think it was tastfully done. My only hesitation is… umm.. how to put this mildly?… right before Bella said, “I’m Fine,” Edward shifted on the bed, and she gave a slight “look.” Umm…. did they actually show him “deflowering” her? Bit TMI guys. For that particular scene, my daughter won’t see this until… hmm.. how about right before she gets married.

    Loved the more ferrel look to the wolves, but hated the talking scene while they were in wolf form. I DID like how they portrayed Jake running and everyone seeing/hearing everything going on in his head. Really nicely done.

    Sick Bella. Wow.. makeup or CGI? If makeup, I’m going to say, someone needs an oscar nod. She really did look like she was dieing; emaciated, wasting away… fantastic job.

    Changing scene. I loved it, and how they neatly edited Edward ripping open Bella with his teeth. Not over the top gore. You got the idea of what he had to do. Thumbs up!

    Overall, YES, I’M SEEING IT AGAIN!!! just not with my daughter… sorry sweetie.

  14. Just got home from seeing it the second time today. This morning at 10:30 with DH. This evening at 9:50 with sister, DD’s and two nieces. I will go again if the opportunity presents itself. The wedding – the dress was amazing, the toasts were great – it felt like the audience was right there – laughing with most, wanting to shut Jessica up! I thought the honeymoon was romantic. Was a little concerned this morning. But, was happy with the romance and with the humor that was intertwined with the whole thing. The entire honeymoon sequence was good. The last section with the wolves, the birth and the imprinting were great. I cry at hallmark commercials. So it was no surprise that I cried at the wedding and as Edward was heartbroken and begging Bella to live. Renesmee was well done and leaves a lot to look forward to next year. And the scene slipped in the credits! WOW! The whole movie was spot on. I know. There were things I missed like the doggie bowl and blonde jokes. But, it was the best of the 4 so far. When we came out of the theatre tonight, the girls all asked me when part 2 is coming out. The groans at having to wait an entire year were so loud several people around us were probably wondering what was wrong!
    LOVE IT!!! Will see it again.

  15. :D
    Going today

  16. Am I the only one that thought the Wolf-speak was AWESOME? I mean, I understand how the echo effect could have been annoying to some, but I thought it was pretty epic. And all the sweet/funny/intimate with Edward and Bella :) Definitely seeing it more than once

  17. I’ve already seen it twice and will definitely see it again,as many times as possible. The film is great overall and has the repeat value of seeing it several times. Each time I see it,I see something different that wasn’t there in a previous viewing. I’m definitely going to see it during the Thanksgiving holiday and I know there will still be a huge crowd in attendance. Breaking Dawn part 1 rocks!!!!

  18. I must say i am shame. I bash the movie before i saw it base on what some fans who had already seen the movie where saying. I will never listen to anyone again regarding this movie. Me and my two twentysomething nieces went last night and all i can say is WOW. It was so much better than i expected. Kristen Stewart is a AMAZING actress and Rob was so AMAZING in the birth scene. He was heartbreaking. The wedding, the honeymoon, the wolves, everthing just rocked. Me and my nieces talk about it all the way home and it is a miracle i did not have a accident while i was driving on the freeway. Thats how excited i was. We are going back today and tomorrow.Thank you Mr. Condon. Cant wait until the DVD comes out.

  19. This movie was perfection!!! Thank You Bill Condon!!! The actors were beyond fabulous!! There’s so much detail and nuance and subtlety that is captured in their performance. There’s so much they bring to the scene with just their expressions alone. I didn’t feel anything was lacking, and though the love scenes really delivered on the steamy, romantic side of things, I still wished they’d been a little longer! But even so, they were beautiful!!! I love that there were details left out of other movies that were addressed. I can’t say enough good things about the movie. I’m grateful that the actors and director cared so much about doing such an incredible job, because it just shows. Wow, just wow!
    I’ll be re watching as many times as my wallet can handle! LOL!

  20. Saw it twice…at first I couldn’t say my opinion on it because I had to think about every scene again in my mind. It wasn’t until I saw it again that I truly thought it was amazing! Yes, there were some cheesiness in it, and I hated the background music in the beginning…but I loved how they included the music of each film in the scenes. Especially her lullaby! I was so disappointed that the music in NM and Eclipse was completely different. So extremely grateful they did that. Birthing scene def the best in the movie…loved everytime Edward smiled…especially when Bella tries to get him to make love to her again. Wish there was more emotion when he thinks he hurt her after honeymoon night and more banter between Rosalie and Jacob. Needed some sparkling vampires, which there were none :( and the babys face when Jacob imprinted was too computerized to me. I do love that they showed a grown up Renesmee! She was beautiful. It makes the imprinting more understandable. Overall, it was a great time…the laughing, crying, love, and anger that I expressed watching this movie made it all worth while. :)

  21. Now that I’ve seen Breaking Dawn once I can say that yes, I will definitely be going back at least a few more times. Best Twilight movie so far!

  22. Well there isn’t much i can say because everyone has already said it! The movie was AMAZING and yes i will see the movie 5 more times ;)
    BUT now I’m very disappointed in the fact that we have to wait a whole year for part 2! it’s not fair and completely not nessesary. Summit needs to change the release date to only a few months not a whole freakin year :(

  23. was there at midnight and again yesterday, taking hubby on Monday. my bff flew in from Texas to go at midnight and we will see it as much as we can while she is here, Was anyone else disappointed not all the music from the soundtrack was in the movie. Was waiting for 1000 years so bad. Loved it all, good job Bill

  24. Twilibrarian says:

    Of course I’ll see it again!! The Twihards are always at the 12:01 premiere. I anticipated this film so much, that it will take multiple viewings to take it all in. I missed “Charlie’s Blessing” as I thought it to be such an integral part of the book. It would, for me, have been the perfect sequeway from Eclipse and Bella’s “Good thing you’re bullet proof” line. But, I can’t have everything!

    Bill Condon understands the fans. He knew how much we all wanted to experience this wedding. His camera lingers on the buttons on Bella’s gown (a stunningly elegant Caroline Herrera creation,) the lace insets, and Alice’s handiwork. Everyone needs an Isle Esme. The cinematography is gorgeaous. The honeymoon is so understated, yet it’s sexy, innocent, comical, and deadly.

    I hope the wolfpack telepathy is reworked for Part 2. It works when the pack is running and everyone it talking all at once. But Sam and Jacob in a close up stand-off came off a little too cartoonish for me. I was also worried about Jacob imprinting on a new-born. Bravo, Mr. Condon and Taylor Lautner. It is so sweet. Kudos to Melissa Rosenberg for using the explanation straight from a previous script!

    There were times I laughed out loud because the script was funny. I was touched to tears. I was horrified at Bella’s gaunt frame and grey corpse. Both Pattinson and Lautner revealed the fear of losing Bella in their desperation to save her life. While the birth could have been visually graphic, Condon chose to make it auditorily graphic. The sights and sounds of an ER were evident here.

    And the set-up for Part 2? Oooooooh. Priceless.

  25. edwardsmylion says:

    I’m so lucky to live by a theater that has $4.00 matinees and $1.00 popcorn! I’m heading out for my 2nd viewing and plan to see it at least 4 – 6 times. I was so pleased with how the movie turned out. It was nice to see Edward smiling, kissing, smiling, kissing some more – would have loved an R rating but…… it was still all good. Until the nudger came into the picture! I agree with everyone else – lovely movie, like it much better than the previous two, liked the touches with returning to some of the 1st movie’s music and that the wolf stuff could have been done better.

  26. I have already seen it twice: Once at 12:01 and the second time at 1:30PM. I planned to watch the second showing at 10PM, but the power went out at the movie theatre, so they gave everyone TWO free movie passes. That means I can see it 3 times for the price of 2!

    This was the first time I have seen ANY Twilight Movies on the big screen. I started watching/reading in March, so its been a LONG 8 months!

    The definitely need to show Breaking Dawn I AND 2 back to back next year. Who’s with me?

    Team Bella!!!

  27. I absolutely want to see again. I did the twilightlon all the 4 films in one evening, that was amazing.
    Breaking dawn is superb. I was very worried after all the review from so call “critic” what a shame they don’t get the fan.
    The acting was spot on, Kristen was superb.

  28. The BEST movie yet!! I cried through the wedding and LAUGHED through the wedding toasts (genius) Extra tear at seeing Stephenie Meyer as guest at wedding.. of coarse she would be there :) The honeymoon was captured beautifully. The robot wold talk was a bit off. I figured they would switch that scene up but all in all I was so pleased. I hitting the theater AGAIN today and who knows how many times after. Bill Condon gets huge kuddos from me! HOPE no one missed the extra scene courtesy of the Volturri after the credits!

  29. I thought it was a very good adaptation…that being said…I wish looking at it with the budget
    that was available for this one…that Catherine Hardwicke could have been the director..

    She will always be my favorite as I think she understands best as well as the most visually
    creative director of the franchise….will be seeing it again tomorrow with my daughter
    who started me on it years ago..

  30. I just got back from seeing BD and I am blown away! I LOVED this movie. The theater was packed and there were big laughs at the funny moments and gasps during the birth scene. Many people were clapping at the end including me. Bill Condon did such an amazing job with this movie. I will definitely be going to see it many more times.

  31. Roxanna Allen says:

    Went to a Twiathon and saw it on a Big D Screen, loved it. Went 8 hrs later to see it again. Have plans to go see it two more times with friends and family over the Thanksgiving day holidays. Can’t wait.

  32. I loved BD1, went to the 12:01 premiere and am seeing it again tomorrow. I agree with many of the comments I have read, but my top 3 favorite moments were:
    1. Bella’s transformation from the INSIDE out — it was much more than I could have hoped for!
    2. The return of the Iron & Wine song at the wedding altar, making us feel that Edward and Bella are completely one spirit, full circle from the Twilight prom scene.
    3. Bella’s wedding gown!!! Unbelievably gorgeous on her! (her acting in this film is SO much better than in previous films!!!!

    My only pet peeves are — Edward stumbles carrying her over the threshold!! Edward shouldn’t stumble!! EVER!! To me that should have been noticed during editing and re-shot! Sorry for being too picky!

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