My loving husband and I had a movie date today; that in itself is a small miracle because it almost never happens (seriously, this is the first time in about 4 or 5 months that we've had time alone). He already knew we would be going to see Breaking Dawn, Part 1 and he was completely ok with that. He's seen the all of the movies except the first one, so he was actually excited to go see the new installment.
**SPOILER ALERT!! If you haven't read the book *GASP*, you should probably stop reading in case I reveal some vital plot point. Which is a very real possibility, since that is what this whole movie pretty much centers around.**
The movie doesn't waste any time getting started, but then again neither does the book really. We get right into the good stuff: the wedding! I thought it was really beautiful and honestly it was exactly how I would have pictured it. Her dress was pretty, but not overly embellished, which is perfect for Bella. I think one of my favorite (and certainly the funniest) parts of the movie is the reception. The individual toasts definitely made me laugh out loud!
Even after hearing all of the interviews about the honeymoon scenes and how they would be handled, I still wasn't sure what to expect. I think they did an excellent job of alluding to the sex without being obscene about it. It simply came off as very sweet and loving, as it should be.
I'm pretty sure my husband was getting a bit bored at this point, but luckily that's exactly where the story starts to get interesting. I don't know what they did to get Bella to look so emaciated (CGI and an amazing makeup artist, I assume?), but it was completely believable. Like she stepped right out of the book - it's exactly how I would have pictured her.
The end was extremely chaotic, as it was with the book. It's kind of interesting because you're seeing it through Bella's eyes. And it ended exactly where I knew it would, but I thought watching her body transform was especially beautiful and a nice touch.
Some notes on things I haven't covered yet:
1) Their acting is SO much better now than it was in the first book. Every time I watch Twilight I cringe; seriously, it was pretty bad. I just felt like it was hurried and just didn't have the impact that the book had. Breaking Dawn, on the other hand, dealt with a lot of emotions and I think they played it beautifully.
2) The now infamous wolf telepathy scene. I admit it was pretty corny. However, I'm not sure exactly how they would have made it any better. I recall in the book how Jacob commented that Sam had a more commanding voice when in wolf form because he was the alpha, and since they were all in animal form I would expect it to sound different than if they were simply talking normally, because they aren't completely human at that point. They are tuned in more to their wolf side at that point. My husband turned to me during that part to tell me how stupid he thought it was. To an extent I agreed, but it was also very important to the story.
3) I loved how the movie followed the book almost to the T throughout. I wasn't really hit with any unusual surprises, although they did throw in a lot more action there towards the end where there wasn't any in the book (i.e. when the Cullens went hunting and after the crisis with Bella) which added to the excitement. I'm sure the guys appreciated it anyway. I've seen some other people commenting on the honeymoon scene, and I agree it was a bit long. It pretty much goes right along with the book in every way. I actually loved the part after the first time they made love and he's trying to avoid her and make her so tired she won't ask him to try again. Them playing chess worked as a very clever metaphor - he checkmated her every time, as in he was blocking/eluding her seduction techniques.
4) They did a good job on the birth scene. It was graphic without being overly so; I found it kind of creepy at times, and disturbing, but when you think about the book, it was exactly like that and the emotions definitely came through.
So, just because you've seen some of the other movies in the series and weren't too impressed doesn't mean you shouldn't see this one. I think it was excellent, certainly the best one yet in the series. I'm definitely looking forward to Part 2, the final installment. It's sad that it's all coming to an end (well, kind of anyway), but I'm very glad to see that it's going out on a strong note.
What did everyone else think of Breaking Dawn, Part 1?