It’s the start of a new year and we’re making lists just like everyone else is doing! Our last list caused quite a commotion by leaving off several romantic lovemaking scenes. We’re wondering if this list will cause a similar stir!
We have taken into consideration all five films in the saga for these lists. We are also trying to include all five films on the lists! So keep that in mind that not EVERYTHING great can come from Breaking Dawn Part 2! And as much as we love the romantic scenes, we love other things about the films, too!
Whenever a book is made into a film, there are always great moments from the book left out of the film. Likewise, there are also other moments added into the films that we wish had been in the book. This is that list – those changes that were made to the films that worked! As usual, this is just an opinion gathered from talking to a few friends and fans of the saga. Let us know what you think of our list by leaving a comment below!
And I will warn that if you haven’t seen Breaking Dawn Part 2, there is a spoiler on this list!
#10: Combining Jessica and Lauren into one character – Maybe it’s just the perfection of Anna Kendrick, but she nailed both Jessica and Lauren’s personality so that we don’t really miss having them BOTH. We get the snark and the snobbery of them both all wrapped up in a perfectly delivered minor performance proving that there are no such things as small parts, only small actors.
#9: Having Bella see Ghost!Edward in New Moon – One of the many challenges facing bringing New Moon to the screen was that the main heart throb from the first film would barely be in it. So… how do you film a book where the main love interest is missing for more than half? You bring in his “ghost” as frequently as you can.
#8: Showing Edward’s past in BD1 – Fans always want more back story, and even though we know this was how Edward lived for a while, we never really get to “see” it in the books. This was excellent for character development and to give audiences who might not be as well versed in the books to know Edward’s reasons behind not wanting to turn Bella. It’s also a fun tip of the hat to other monster movies!
#7: Riley and the Newborns getting more screen time – I think everyone felt creeped out when they watched Riley hovering over Charlie while he slept on the couch! Even more creepy was the image of the newborns coming out of the water. Showing the crazed newborns, conversations with Victoria, and the lead in of the Volturi added to the mounting fear for a final battle.
#6: The fight between Edward and Felix in New Moon – Yes, this was a great action scene. Yes, this helps us understand that Edward isn’t the strongest vampire and he can be hurt which adds to the fear and worry of the situation. But this scene gives us a little more than that even. It added to the mythology of the vampires and gave us new information about how their skin can crack and then heal.
#5: The Wedding Toasts – We’re not sure if it was solely Melissa Rosenberg who thought this up or if Bill Condon asked for it or what. It doesn’t matter. It’s HILARIOUS to the nth degree! We’re not sure which was the best one: the double entendre from Emmett, the jealousy of Jessica, or the threats from Charlie! And speaking of Charlie…
#4: Charlie’s sarcasm and humor – Charlie was an important character in the books, sure. Important because he was Bella’s dad and she didn’t want him hurt. But Movie!Charlie is a whole story! Again, we’re not sure if it was the writing or Billy Burke’s performance that made Charlie such a fan favorite. Either way, every moment with Charlie on screen is a delight. He nearly steals every scene he is in.
#3: Ending New Moon with the proposal – When we first saw New Moon and the moment when Edward should propose came and went without the proposal, we were worried. He had to propose! Eclipse doesn’t work without the back and forth about getting married. But it worked so much better as a cliff hanger by putting it at the very end of the film! It makes fans want that next movie so much more!
#2: Jacob’s first werewolf transformation in front of Bella – Again, this is similar to the actual moment in the book, but the tension is pulled so much tighter by skipping the conversation between Bella and Jacob pre-transformation that the book gives us. It’s probably the most imitated and referenced shots in the entire saga. In fact, if you were around when the trailer came out, Summit was so certain fans would go crazy over this moment that they asked us to record our reaction to seeing it in the trailer. And thus, reaction videos were born!
#1: The Breaking Dawn Part 2 Battle – We are aware that there are fans who didn’t like this. But we believe that the majority of fans were shocked, stunned, and totally thrilled by the ending battle. We don’t believe there was anything more shocking to ever see in the whole saga than Carlisle’s head in Aro’s hand. Nor do we believe the gasps of relief or applause were ever so thunderous when it was revealed to be a vision of what would happen rather than what did happen.