Breaking Dawn 2 Reviews: A second… and third opinion

I, Lori Joffs, had the opportunity to FINALLY see Breaking Dawn Part 2 last night.  This is my site and even though we already posted an “official” review, I feel I can take the opportunity to voice my own opinon.  Since I don’t want to spoil anyone too badly, I will keep this as spoil free as possible!

First, did I like it?  No… I LOVED IT!  The film has a very different feel from other films in the saga, but then so did the book!  Bella is a vampire from start to finish of this film.  Her relationship with Edward is different.  Her relationship to pretty much everyone is different!  She herself is different.  Kristen Stewart has never looked more beautiful or had such a strong presence than she does in this film.  She has truly transformed.  Seeing the world through her vampire eyes transforms the film.  So if you have grown worried from reading reviews that say this film lacks the ansgty romantic tension of the other films… well yeah!  Bella and Edward are both vampires and they are married.  The tension in the film comes from a different place, just as it did in the book. 

The best compliment that I can pay the film is that I feel it’s the best adaptation from page to screen.  When the film finished I literally had to stop and think through the book to figure out which pieces were missing.  There were things that were left out, but not much.  What actually happens is that less time and attention are given to certain things in the film than in the book.  For example…

(MINOR SPOILER LOOK AWAY IF YOU REALLY DON’T WANT TO KNOW!)

 The J. Jenks sequence is cut down to one short scene rather than a long drawn out process with a couple of visits and phone calls as it is in the book.  Did I mind?  No.   Will you mind, probably not.

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What we get in place of those somewhat missing moments are a whole bunch of extras!  Most of these extras involve the Volturi, which I adored being the Aro fan girl that I am.  But there is also one extra with Jacob that Taylor fans will go nuts over!  Trust me.  It’s one of the best scenes in the film. 

So much has been made over the “twist”.  Yes, there’s a twist!  And it was AMAZING!  And that’s all I have to say about that.  Ahem!

The last thing that I took away from the film was the attention to detail.  I understand that the film has to be made so that people who haven’t read the books will understand it.  But as someone who has been tossed deep into the Twilight universe, I always want more.  The subtle nuanses and line deliveries from characters like Alistair, Garrett, Amun, and the Romanians (Oh… how I LOVED the Romanians!) were indiaction to me that the actors and films makers had done their homework.  In fact, one of my favorite moments and lines come from Marcus – yes, MARCUS of all people, for the sheer fact that someone who isn’t familiar with his backstory won’t fully understand the line!  Even the non-verbal communication between the wolves showed the film makers had a “dialogue” going on behind the scenes.  Its those details that make the film really shine. 

Lastly, I just want to say thank you to Bill Condon for the ending.  It’s always obvious to me which films are make by directors who are fans of films rather than those who just MAKE films.  Given the way this one ends, it was proof that Mr. Condon was not only aware of the fandom viewing his film, but that this film was part of a whole saga.  He pays tribute to the saga as a whole.  As someone who has been engulfed in this saga for nearly seven years, it was touching and poinent and meaningful… and yes, it made me cry. 

But don’t just take my word for it!  Here is what one reviewer from the San Jose Mercury News said of the film:

Fans of the “Twilight Saga” can breathe a sigh of relief.

I just got back from a Wednesday night screening of “Breaking Dawn — Part 2″ and can unequivocally say you’re in for a real treat. While my full review of the film won’t post until Thursday morning, here’s a little something to tide you over — answers to a few questions about the eagerly anticipated finale.

Is it the best ‘Twilight’ yet? Without a doubt. Director Bill Condon and screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg strike the perfect “Twilight” tone, playing up the campy humor while turning up the erotic heat on the romance.

Are there surprises? A couple, and even if you’re a huge fan of Stephenie Meyer’s books you’ll be astonished by how well they This film image released by Summit Entertainment shows, from left, Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Peter Facinelli, MyAnna Buring, Casey LaBow and Christian Camargo in a scene from “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2.” (AP Photo/Summit Entertainment, Andrew Cooper) ( Andrew Cooper )work. But be wary of spoilers since the tweaks are certain to turn into a hot social networking topic.

Who gives the best performance of the trio? Robert Pattinson. He’s swoon-worthy, and has consistently been the strongest. But don’t dismiss Kristen Stewart. She’s impressive here as a tougher, more confident Bella. Even Taylor Lautner shows improvement. It helps that he’s given some funny material.

Speaking of Lautner, does he keep his shirt on? Most of the time…However.

Will the movie appeal to non-fans? I expect so. This is a highly entertaining, suspenseful finale that satisfies on many levels.

 

Comments

  1. Comment removed for MASSIVE and DETAILED spoilers. Sorry!

  2. Please delete the first comment with the MASSIVE amount of spoilers!!!! Luckily, I relieved what was going on in the first sentence and scrolled to the end but that just isn’t totally unnecessary, its just plain RUDE!!!!

  3. ARO! :D :D :D

    Marcus has a memorable moment? I’m so happy for that sweet, old man!!! I’m seeing it in about eight hours, and I am so excited, I don’t know what to do with myself!

  4. I thought I knew Marcus full backstory but apparently I did not. I’m still scratching my head about his line in the movie. But I still love that part as I Love the whole movie. Can you please clarify this for me via email (I hope you have access to it from the info I fill to post a comment, if not, let me know)? Thanks.

  5. Jill Lawson says:

    What do you mean, ‘even Taylor Lautner?” Given the severe editing of some of his lines, the placement of his character and the way he was directed to play Jacob, he did a great job. The full scope of his performance in ALL the films was sacrificed to keep the focus on Edward and Bella’s story.

    • Amen to your comment.

    • Are you kidding? Jacobs storyline was enhanced at the cost of Edward and Bellas story. New Moon was the biggest slap in the face of all… The limited time E/B had was rushed to make way for Jacob. The whole point of NM was lost because they sacrificed the love story to make way for even more Jacob. And that screwed up the whole tone of the series after that. Taylor did ok I think overall considering the script but I so think he’s the weakest of the trio.

  6. In fact, one of my favorite moments and lines come from Marcus – yes, MARCUS of all people, for the sheer fact that someone who isn’t familiar with his backstory won’t fully understand the line!
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    Amen! Loved it. It was so poignant.

  7. In fact, one of my favorite moments and lines come from Marcus – yes, MARCUS of all people, for the sheer fact that someone who isn’t familiar with his backstory won’t fully understand the line!

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    Amen! Finally someone mentioned this. Loved it. It was so poignant..

    • Oh, I know! A tear actually escaped my eye. His back-story is so beautiful, and I think that he deserves more recognition.

      • I keep hoping he one day finds out what Aro did. It’d be awesome if the Volturi fell from an inside job. :)

        • If he did, I’m not sure much would change. After the initial attack that I’m sure would happen, he would merely have Chelsea and Corin work their magic, making him a prisoner once again. :(

  8. It was supremely amazing. The perfect ending to resolve true canon story and those wishing for a fight. My husband even said, “This is cool!” The love scene was touching, different and special without being too much. I expected more dialog from Renemsee but I adored her nonetheless. The closing credits paying tribute to the saga made me watch closely with tears in my eyes. It felt like a true end, and wrapped it all together with the book being almost displayed as another character in itself just beautifully. I actually felt like I felt when I finished reading Breaking Dawn for the first time…a little shocked that it was truly over. I adore this story, the author, and those involved in the movie. I feel like I’m saying goodbye to good, longtime, true friends, but that’s ok. They left me a beautiful piece of themselves to remember them by. I feel so happy. Thank you, Bill. Thank you, Stephenie. Thank you, Rob, Kristen, Taylor, Billy, Peter, Ashley and all the others. What a journey! I will always remember my Twilight experience! :)

  9. I was in a marathon theatre full of super fans and I think the feel was quite different. My theatre seemed to be so upset by the twist that the final touching moments of the film seemed spoiled. …lots of tear, no cheers, and more people saying they felt sick to their stomachsthan the excitement I saw earlier. Will they forgive Steph for this twist, sure, but the cost was pretty high with the audience I saw as well as those in my party and other friends who saw the movie. Did they create an action flick at the cost to the emotions of those who have adored these characters for many years? …I think so. It went too far. It may have encluded most elements from the book, but was presented almost like a cliff note version leaving me wanting more of all of the scenes that I had looked forward to seeing on the big screen. Too much was sacrificed from Bella’s transformation and adjustment to vampire life to make time for the battle scene. Kristen Stewert delivered her best performance to date and Rob and Taylor were amazing as usual.Great job with the movie closing, but I think a lot of it was lost as our emotions are still rebounding. I would have like to have seen a shout out to Katherine Harwick as I think her impact is often cut from the series. If she had not chosen the cast and created such an amazing first film, this series would not be what it has been to so many for so long.

  10. So glad that others liked Marcus’ moment as much as I did!!

  11. I sadly report that the movie got mixed reviews and is a certified rotten on Rotten Tomatoes. 54% to be exact.That is a long long way from its biggest rival ,Deathly Hallows part 2 which holds a masterpiece score of 96%

    For a finale breaking dawn 2 was fair but it does falls short in comparison to other juggernaut franchises like harry potter, star wars or lord of the rings.

  12. Michael Sheen as Aro is just brilliant. I laughed out loud when he squealed like a little girl, “ALICE!” Hahaha!

  13. I liked the second half, but really felt that Bella was “defanged” in the first. (Are we allowed to post spoilers now? Here they come!)

    Where were Jasper’s scars, where was Bella posing a threat to the Cullens, where was Bella shrinking away from Charlie, both due to pain and fear that she might attack him? The filmmakers breezed through all of this, which completely took away her accomplishment of self-control. Yes, she nearly attacked the mountain climber/hunter, and that was nice, but she should have struggled much more with Charlie. Jasper (and Edward) should have been knocked for a loop. She was supposed to be something entirely new, a self-controlled newborn. (Hello, didn’t they drive the dangerousness of the newborns home in Eclipse? Wasn’t that the point of all that “choice” talk?)

    Taylor did great, and Mackenzie Foy blew me away. I resent that Seth and Leah weren’t really in the Christmas scene. It would have been helpful for Eleazar to mention that he had actually been part of the Volturi guard. But that’s all the negative feedback I’ve got. I really liked the rest of it; Garrett, Alistair, Benjamin…they were all wonderful.

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