Watched Breaking Dawn last night* and enjoyed the final chapter of the Twilight series by Stefanie Meyer.
I have read the whole Twilight series a few years ago but as I was watching the movie and tried to foresee what would happen next, I found myself unable to recall much of the story. Well, I suppose this makes the movie even more enjoyable. Thing is, I wouldn’t be able to pinpoint any revisions the movie makers did to the story, if ever there were.
It is the much awaited ending to the Twilight Saga and un-arguably, all moviegoers I was with that night enjoyed it, relishing the fight scenes especially the sequences where the Volturi guys get ass-whacked, with their heads getting jerked off and hurled away from their bodies. It’s scenes like these when we all hooted and clapped in glee. And oohhed in dismay when the same thing happens to our beloved clan folks, e.g. to Carlisle.
And then, of course, we laughed again at ourselves after we realized that those scenes were actually just the ones which Alice allowed Aro to download from her mind. Scenes that will happen if Aro pursues his plan to eradicate this wayward herd.
The disappointment of the two war-shocked guys who were rearing for a battle was amusing.
But of course, the battle scenes were really cool although I could have injected some better effects on it had I been it’s battle choreographer.
Is this really the end of the Twilight saga? I kind of imagined that another series would probably be spinned off about Renesmee and how she’d mature. But the arrival of the last witness near the end of the movie, that latin(?) guy who was supposed to be the first half-human, half-vampire born of a human-vampire couple sort of spoiled the possibility. But with Stefanie Meyer, imaginative as she is, you could never tell.
If you’re a Twilight fan, and haven’t seen this last episode yet, well…get the hell out of that chair and go watch the movie, now!
*Actually, the other night.
The movie ‘New Moon‘ written by Stephenie Meyer is yet to come, so I of course am not gonna ruin anybody’s forthcoming movie experience by telling the story here. The novel was published way back in 2006, so a lot of people definitely have read it already. When my wife handed me a paperback edition of ‘New Moon‘ a few days ago, I debated with myself whether to read it or not. But November (the New Moon’s scheduled movie release) is still way too far in the future and the temptation to read is overwhelming. I yielded on the second day. I can imagine Carlisle shaking his head in dismay; but I can also see Jasper smiling in understanding.
After reading the book, I went back to view the teaser clip in youtube. Of course, like most movie versions of any story, they have to make little revisions to some portions that could be made more dramatic. And it is evident in this particular New Moon clip. I like the revision in the scene where Bella (Edward’s beloved human) was about to be Laurent’s dinner. I have yet to see the rest of the movie, so I could not tell how the revelation of Jacob’s new secret to Bella was handled. The clip implied that it was revealed to Bella just a little too early (or was it?). Then again, you can’t blame the director or the scriptwriter for that. After all, it’s not easy to condense a story that spans senior high school into a mere 2 audio-visual hours.
Inspite of the almost always overcast weather of Forks, Washington, Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight did not fully whet my appetite for a regular vampire movie setting. I have seen and read all of Anne Rice’s vampire chronicles and also seen the Underworld saga series. So henceforth, for every vampire movie I watch, I always expect to see at least a few scenes of the cold, ancient, grim and dark interiors of vampire abodes. Twilight did not offer such a scene. But considering that this vampire family is not the regular human-blood-sucking type, it’s understandable and proper that they should live in a modern and all too regular human-architectured residence.
In New Moon, however, Stephenie Meyer finally shows us some old school vampire scenes and I am itching to see how the director and his designers will render a ‘regular vampire abode’ and how the ancient ones would look. Darn, I can’t wait. Can they possible hurry it up a bit and release it sooner?
Some sources in the internet say that digital versions of Stephenie Meyer’s novels are available. This saga is told in 4 books in the following order:
- Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1)
- New Moon (The Twilight Saga, Book 2)
- Eclipse (The Twilight Saga, Book 3)
- Breaking Dawn (The Twilight Saga, Book 4)
Even if I get signed copies of ‘Eclipse’ and ‘Breaking Dawn’ from Stephenie Meyer herself right now, I vow to never touch them until after I’ve seen ‘New Moon’. How’s that for self control Dr. Cullen?
The Official New Moon Trailer: