Hello everyone~ I'm finally back to respond to everyone's posts the past couple of days. Hope all of you are well and recovering from your post-Breaking Dawn haze.
Congrats to hubs and his recent tennis achievements! I'm sorry he became ill with food poisoning during the movie, but what a trooper he is for staying. I enjoyed reading your thoughts and reactions to Breaking Dawn, and thanks for sharing. During the Isle Esme scenes, I believe Bella was remembering their wedding night as she examined herself in the mirror the next morning. I thought it worked very well cinematically and was a nice way for us to see those scenes a little more indepth, and to see them through Bella's eyes.....maybe to signify that she was too blissful and too much in the moment to have ever noticed when she might have been inadvertently bruised by Edward's strong grip on their wedding night. I agree with what you said about Bella appearing a little more alone in this pregnancy in the movie, than in the book. Maybe it's because we were given more pregnancy scenes in the book than in the movie, due to time constraints. Bella always seemed to be surrounded by so many people in the book, even Jake and Seth, and was always carried everywhere by Rosalie or Edward because she was so weak (and obviously this wouldn't have worked so well in the movie as I can't picture Nicki effortlessly carrying Kristen around.
) That's why, in addition to the out of character yelling by Edward, I was even more irritated when both Carlisle and Edward left Bella just lying on the exam table after her x-rays....what's up with that? I hope you all had a great time at the zoo.
~ I'm glad you and Ginnie enjoyed the movie so much, in spite of the less than stellar organization at the theater. I mentioned in my review post not being crazy about the wolf telepathy thing either, although I'm not sure how it could have been portrayed more successfully.
Only a few more days to go sweetie!
We look forward to you joining us officially here with your thoughts and reflections on the movie. Enjoy your Thanksgiving, and good luck with the pie-making.
I can't believe you're on your 4th viewing already--I think you're tied with Raine, Jaclyn, and maybe Marielle and Caryn? Turning Page is also probably my current favorite from the soundtrack, and I loved how we heard bits of it during the wedding and the honeymoon. Requiem on Water was a perfect accompaniment to the scene where I like to think of it as Bella imprinting on her baby. Boo Boo Stewart is adorable and I just love his rapport with Taylor, and he and Julia had the perfect brotherly/sisterly vibe going on as Seth and Leah. I enjoyed reading your thoughts and reactions to the movie, especially the eloquent words you used to describe the amazing cast performances. You're right about Kristen as a vamp in BD Part 2....it'll truly be her time to shine.
I'm glad you had such a wonderful birthday....seeing BD twice in one day is a pretty amazing feat! I can't believe you already have snow but am glad it didn't stop you from enjoying your home tour and time with Mary. I'm so sorry about your poor knees, hon. Are they feeling any better today?
You're already at viewing #4 too! I can't believe someone brought their four-year old child to this movie.....what were they smoking?
That person was just too selfish to stay home because they were unable or too lazy or cheap to find a babysitter. Sounds like you had a fun evening with your girls.
~ It's great to hear from you again! I'm so glad you enjoyed the movie, and thanks for sharing your thoughts and reactions with us. Breaking Dawn was also my least favorite of the books and is probably my favorite of the movies at this point. (I'll know for sure after I see it a second time, in a quieter theater where I can fully absorb more details.) Along with Rob and Kristen, I too thought Taylor gave a great performance as Jake, and the imprinting actually rang truer and made more sense for me seeing it onscreen, than it did in the book. Good luck with your job, as well as your new apartment. We'll keep fingers crossed that your temporary position is extended.
~ I remember you being very partial to Chris Weitz and his treatment of New Moon. Other than the fact that we didn't get a lot of Edward
, New Moon is right up there at the top of my list too. I agree with you that having Edward mention something to the wolves and Cullens about Jake imprinting seemed a little bit random and underwhelming; it kind of came out of left field. I'm sorry you weren't too thrilled with the soundtrack and the way it was used in the movie. I guess it's kind of like cheating.....but I like purchasing the soundtrack in advance, just so I can familarize myself somewhat with the music, before seeing the movie. The Hunger Games trailer does look amazing on the big screen, and that movie will be just what the doctor ordered to treat those late winter blues, come next March.
~ I hope your hubs' hand is feeling better, and can imagine that was quite a scare....getting home and not being able to find his car, or him.
~ I'm sure your Mom appreciates you helping cook over the holidays. Do you have any traditional family favorites for Thanksgiving?
~ I can't believe you've seen Breaking Dawn four times already, and it sounds like you've enjoyed the movie just as much each time. You're right about how wonderful it was to see a clearly happy and in love Edward and Bella on their honeymoon, with very few cares in the world. I remember the giggling you mentioned when they first hit the sheets, and thought it was adorable they could laugh together during an intense moment like that.
I could have easily watched even more Isle Esme scenes and wonder if there will be any deleted scenes on the DVD (thinking of the still photos we saw in the kitchen where Edward appears to have just cooked Bella's breakfast.) I hope to see the movie a second time soon, but will have to wait until after Thanksgiving as we'll be visiting my in-laws. I've always sort of snuck in my extra viewings of the Twilight (or Harry Potter movies) whenever I can, usually on my day off work while the kids are at school. Hubs just doesn't understand why anyone would pay $10.00 to see any
movie in the theater more than once, and it's not worth hearing the grumbling about it if he knows about my "extra" viewings.
....so those additional viewings are just my little secret.
I did have time to reread the first half of Breaking Dawn
last week, and I definitely appreciated it more the second time around. I didn't even mind reading Jacob's book too much, and had forgotten how funny and sarcastic the chapter titles were in this section, as well as some of Jake's internal monologue about the Cullens and the wolf pack dynamics.
~ I meant to tell you that I loved your BD review, and agree with Suzan
that it was nice to put a face (and voice) with a name.
I am bummed that Edward and Carlisle's "talk" was left out of the movie, but imagine this certainly isn't the last scene that will end up on the cutting room floor. Thanks for the clarification about Carlisle's announcement to the Volturi. I'd just assumed it was a birth announcement for Renesmee, but you're right that it makes more sense that the Cullens were notifying the Volturi that Bella had been changed....probably in the hopes that they would not
feel the need to visit Forks anytime soon to check on Bella's status. I'm so glad to hear that you heard good news from your accountant and your business has survived the year intact. I'm sure that's a huge relief to all of you.
~ I'd completely forgotten reading about any scenes with Edward and Carlisle having the talk....do we know if said scenes were actually filmed, and can keep our fingers crossed they might be on he DVD? I'm sure you and Suzan will have a blast at 100 Monkeys next month, and I bet Jackson has a ton of energy when he's playing and singing. I agree with you that the likelihood of us receiving a director's cut of this movie with extended or deleted honeymoon scenes is slim to none.....but a girl can dream.....
~ I hope you hear about your exam results very soon....I'm sure the waiting is very frustrating. I too made the mistake of surfing the net reading various critics' lackluster reviews of BD, and it just made me more irritated with those idiots who don't even read the book and take the source material into consideration.
I enjoyed reading your thorough review and thoughts over on the spoilers thread--thanks for sharing them with us.
Hello to Amy, Karena, Caryn, Ann Marie, and anyone else I missed. Thanks to everyone for sharing your reactions and thoughts to the movie--great reading!