Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Librarian's night out: Breaking Dawn

I consider it my librarian duty to see movies based on YA literature, and the Twilight series is no exception. So what can I say about "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1?" (Other than, wow, that's a long title...)

Well, it was VERY FAITHFUL to the book. Ahem. Make of that what you will. But did I have fun watching? Indeed I did!

Things that were ridiculous yet somehow endearing

Jackson Rathbone had only two lines in the entire film. But he delivered the heck out of those lines! Way to make it happen, Jackson.

Bella's baby name discussion. The name Renesmee will never NOT be funny.

Edward and Bella play chess on the honeymoon! With a red and white chess set! GET IT?? Ohhh, these movies just can't stop with their ever-so-subtle shout-outs to the book covers.

Things that made me shake my head

Kristen Stewart drives me batty. Girlfriend looks like she'd rather be anywhere but acting in these Twilight movies. Cheer up, KStew! You're getting paid for this!

The hideousness of Bella's wedding dress. There's already a replica available from wedding dress designer, Alfred Angelo, but I implore the brides of America: please... when choosing a bridal style icon, think Kate Middleton, not Bella Swan.

The pacing. There's just about enough plot to fill a thimble, so scenes were dragged out with long, lingering close-ups on Bella, Bella's eyes, Edward, the honeymoon bed... you get the picture. Enough already!

IMPRINTING. It was done as tastefully as possible (I can't believe I'm saying that), but just-- auggggggh.

Things I genuinely liked

So the wedding gown wasn't my cup of tea, but the shoes were pretty fabulous! Manolo Blahnik "Swan." (See what they did there?)

The wedding speeches. Charlie, Emmett, and Jessica were hilarious. Intentionally so!

Seth! He was adorbs. Seriously. Leah was pretty awesome, too.

And the bit at the end, after the credits? The Volturi are so entertaining. Can't wait to see more of them in the next movie.

Links of note

Cleolinda's Breaking Dawn in Fifteen Minutes Perhaps her best work yet. Don't miss it! I heart Cleolinda.

'Breaking Dawn' movie causing seizures? Well, look, I know not everyone's a fan, but come on now...

'Twilight: Breaking Dawn:' Does it send the wrong message? A thought-provoking look at Twilight's take on sex, love, and childbirth, whether you agree with it or not.

And just think! There's only a year until we can look forward to seeing "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 2." Well, maybe "look forward" isn't quite the phrase I'm looking for... but, um... it's a thing that will happen.

And I will be there for sheer amusement.


  1. Recaps like this are good enough that I don't even feel the need to see it. :-)

  2. I couldn't help myself - I loved it. Obviously BD is my least favorite book (Stephenie Meyer went way off the rails on that one) but I thought that Bill Condon did a very good job with the material he had to work with, and the film was beautifully shot. There were scenes that I knew were filler (because they needed enough to cut it into two parts to make more money), but even with those scenes I really enjoyed it. I had to explain some of it to Alan, and in that regards the movie doesn't stand on its own (like how Edward was trying to tire Bella out on the island so that she wouldn't be able to stay awake to have sex with him). AND, KStew is growing on me. I liked her in Twilight, didn't like her so much in New Moon, was even more "meh" on her in Eclipse but I thought she redeemed herself.

  3. Jessica, oh, but you're missing out on such an amazing amount of crazy. ;)

    Becky, I love that you loved it! I agree that the visuals were gorgeous. I still think KStew is just sooo awkward, but bless her heart, that's part of what I came to the theater to see. I wonder if she'll change up her portrayal of Bella as a vampire. I'm really curious to see if she makes visibly different acting choices, or if vampire-Bella will be mostly a special effect. Looking forward to it, in any case!

  4. I haven't seen this yet but I loved your recap.

    Good catch on the chess set.
    I like the dress.
    You're right, the shoes are stellar!

  5. Thanks for commenting, Juju- I hope you enjoy the movie if and when you catch it! I mean, cinematic masterpiece it is not, but it's definitely fun to watch.

    I totally want those shoes!

  6. Thanks for commenting, Juju- I hope you enjoy the movie if and when you catch it! I mean, cinematic masterpiece it is not, but it's definitely fun to watch.

    I totally want those shoes!

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