Now that The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 is in theaters, and millions have seen it already, there are quite a few things I’d like to add to my original non-spoilery review of the film. In particular, I’d like to discuss the biggest surprises and those scenes which most resonated. Here are my top ten. See if you agree with these choices!
Fair warning: This is a very spoiler-filled post about the film, so do not read any further if you want to stay spoiler free.
Maybe it’s just Joe Anderson, but the character Alistair definitely seemed to serve more of a meaningful purpose in the movie adaptation than in the book. Whereas in Breaking Dawn he was just a downer who didn’t quite belong in the first place, in the movie his decision to leave signaled serious danger for the group. Cool reworking by Melissa Rosenberg.
Director Bill Condon inserts his own little nuggets of style into every film of his, but it was still a little bursting surprise when Bella (Kristen Stewart) literally sparkled with pleasure during her, er, bedroom scene with Edward (Robert Pattinson).
Charlie and Jacob
It was kind of a known fact that the film would show the scene where Jacob (Taylor Lautner) reveals himself to Charlie (Billy Burke), but it was still surprising to see just how far it went. Lautner was more clothes-less in this movie than with most of the previous installments. The theater had some serious whistling going on during that scene!
Immortal children scene
The Denali backstory sequence involving Sasha (Andrea Powell), the baby Vasilii, the sisters and the Volturi was surprisingly scary. Not only were Aro (Michael Sheen), Caius (Jamie Campbell Bower) and Jane (Dakota Fanning) way too happy with themselves, but their faces were exceedingly menacing as they watched Irina (Maggie Grace), Tanya (MyAnna Buring) and Kate (Casey LaBow) suffer the loss of their mother.
Speaking of Aro’s cruelty and weirdness, it was a total shocker when he burst out with laughter at the sight and sound of Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy). Sheen’s talked about this signature cackle before, but it gets more and more unsettling with every viewing.
Perhaps no moment was more shocking than when Carlisle (Peter Facinelli) raced to rescue Alice (Ashley Greene) from Aro and met a very brutal end. The expressions worn by Edward (Robert Pattinson) and Benjamin (Rami Malek) were a perfect match to most of the audience members’ reaction to the same. The shock value of the scene lent to another surprise of the movie: how much people cheered for certain characters’ vicious demise.
Seth and Leah dying
Sweet Seth and his wolfy sister Leah had some terrible fates in the movie as well. Poor Seth got squished by a vampire, and Leah – who’d just acquitted herself of being mean to the Cullens by rescuing Esme – found herself launched into a fiery ravine. These might be CGI wolves, but the impact was definitely felt when those two went down.
Realizing it was a vision
Bang! It was all a vision by Alice – a correct one, mind you, that would’ve become a reality without Aro changing his decision. It’s something many fans had been predicting for a while, but it still definitely took the collective breath away from the audience as it was revealed.
The montage of Edward and Bella which took place during the lowering the shield scene included a lot of moments which fans might recognize, but according to Jack Morrissey, many of the angles were also all new. In other words, they were from different cuts of the same scenes we’d seen before, so technically many of those flashes were still new (to fans, at least) footage from the prior movies.
Credits scene with all the names
While the final picture credits started out with just Breaking Dawn – Part 2‘s cast, the second they started hitting some of the former castmates’ names it became clear this was a full-on farewell to the Saga‘s actors, new and old. It was surprisingly emotional to see names like Cam Gigandet and Jodelle Ferland and Rachelle Lefevre cross the screen one last time for Twilight, but even more surprising was how sad the final three’s names ticking off became. So well executed and punctuating.
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