Twilight–Breaking Dawn Part 1
I was one of many thousands who went to see the fourth in the series of the Vampire/Werewolf franchise over the weekend. In fact, on Friday night alone, it earned the third largest opening numbers ever with $72 million, behind Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows Part 2, ($91.1 million).
The series is taken from the books written by American Stephanie Meyer, the 37-year-old known for her vampire romances. Her Twilight novels have sold over 100 million world-wide. Stephanie herself is a practicing Mormon and, as we see in the show, some of her beliefs are evident, and good for her.
I was entertained, and this was action-packed.Oh sure, it was weird at times, but it was nice to know that even at vampire weddings there is family drama. Of course for us mortals, we only have one lifetime in which to experience our dysfunctional families. Those poor vampires live for centuries. See, it’s not all blood and graveyards for these guys.
Yes, Bella Swan (Kirsten Stewart) risks life and limb to fall in love and marry the vampire of her dreams, Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson). At the wedding that, interestingly enough, reminded me of one of mine, the groom looked creepy and the bride looked like she was being walked to the guillotine.
Interesting also was the fact no one seemed to notice that the groom and half of the guests looked uncomfortable in the sunlight and were paler than the snow that fell in the Okanagan on the weekend.
The best line was said by the bride’s father: “We thought you needed something blue and something old besides your mother.”
For Bella, of course things do not go well and she gets ready to give birth to God knows what. Since she obviously has never seen Rosemary’s Baby, the viewer is left to wonder what awaits the mother to be.
Sure, there are departures from the book and I, for one, was thrilled—have you read the ending?
Bella has a champion in the werewolf Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) who actually comes to realize that family is important, even if it’s strange and very odd, and he continues to protect her and her new family even at the risk of his own safety and the chance of his being excommunicated from his wolf pack.
I really liked this and will be in line for Part 2, the final in this popular series due out on November 16, 2012.
Two silver bullets, three wooden stakes and four movie reels for this one!
Susan Steen is a local non-profit executive and movie buff.