Edward and Bella:
Leg hitch, check
Romantic kissing throughout the movie, check
Tender moments from the book, check
Were they believable in the romance department, check (more so than any of the other movies, I have my opinion as to why)
Jacob and Bella:
First kiss awkward and forced like the book, check
Second kiss passionate, check
Was I shocked that second kiss was actually a couple kisses in one, yes
Look on Bella's face afterwards, priceless
If you read or listened to any interviews by the cast and filmmakers before the release, you would of heard this word used at least 10 times. It is what David Slade was hoping would be the foundation to catapult him above the first 2 directors. In the first 2 directors defense though, the previous 2 books had minimal action at best.
Was I impressed, yes. The action was brought and it was owned in the filmed. What I was disappointed in was the final battle. It truly left me wanting more. I felt as if I only got to see half of the battle, like I was Bella being removed from the danger even though I needed to part of it more.
With that, the fight training did fill my void, as I thought it was executed and even cute in parts.
One word, Xavier. I hate to say this, but his part in the movie almost makes me want to jump my Team Demetri ship, almost. He truly and utterly is the break out star in this movie.
I felt they displayed the newborn army as they should have been, primordial and raw. After all that is David Slade's specialty.
The water scene (as very zombie movie like as it was) actually did send a slight shiver of excitement through me. Well played, well played.
*BIG SIGH* What can I say, I am Team Demetri. I am seriously wanting to do a letter writing campaign to Summit, Stephanie and Melissa to include more of a story for him in Breaking Dawn. For purely selfish reasons of course.
Dakota rocked it. That girl plays evil like it is no ones business and in my book that is high on my *cool meter*.
Felix and Alec, while with limited lines, did great to portray their characters.
While I know both Jaspers and Rosalie's back stories had a lot more filmed (DVD extra's anyone) I think they brought home what was conveyed in the books.
Rosalie was spectacular with her red eyes and wedding dress despite it only being a flash. I would love of lurved to see her tear into her dear sweet fiancé.
Jasper's back story was well played, but the scene stealer was most definitely Catalina as Maria. She had a beautiful, eeriness to her that I just could not focus on anyone else in the scenes. Sorry, Jasper.
Meh. I am indifferent leaning to side of not liking. I lurv Bryce as an actress, just not in this part and most definitely not in a evil role. Too soften spoken, too angelic, and just did not bring the b****.
The banter is one of the main reasons that this book is my favorite. It had me laughing throughout. While I feel there could have been more between Jacob and Edward, the banter between Bella and Charlie was classic and epic.
Fav banter moments where at the police station when they tell Charlie they are going to FL, the sex talk and of course the tent scene.
I was talking to my friend after watching the movie and breaking down how different the vampires were dismantled in each of the movies. In Twilight (ending scene with James) they were more *fleshy*, in New Moon they were more concrete (including the dust) and in Eclipse they were more liquid molten glass. Personally, I prefer my vamps more fleshy, but this is after all Stephanie's world and in her world, they are hard as marble.
Lurved that they had more screen time, I lurved when they portrayed themselves with *hungry black eyes* and I got chill down my spine when they were all lined up getting ready to run into the final battle. Fight training showed both their strengths, there fierceness and their loving side. Kudos.
Le sigh… Summit, you have cash, you actually 90% of the cash from people on these boards, so lets use it in the hair and makeup department, please. If you can not do this in Breaking Dawn, we will fight.
Bella's wig in fight training made me cringe, look away, and then make me wanted to get up from my seat, reach through the screen and fix that broken @ss wig. No really, it did. Epic Fail.
Jasper's wig, well that fail check was in the mail with Twilight, that complain ship sailed long ago for me.
Carlisle's wig, I feel is reserved for dead politicians, just saying. Lurv the man, hate the hair.
Leah rocked the show. Bryce could of taken b**** training from her. She owned it every time she was on the screen. CGI wolves and their sounds really brought it all home for me. The part with Jacob in wolf form and Bella was a fav in the book and I thought it was well executed, especially in the CGI department. I give Taylor a big high five for enduring spandex to help Kristen with that part.
Complaints (I am a Twi-hard, of course I have them):
They ruined my favorite part in the book. It was when Edward dismantled Bella's truck and when she first see's him, he is twirling the distributor cap with a smug look on his face. That part in the book was suppose to be Edward being more smug and overall light hearted while being protective, while Bella is pissed off. Instead they just made it a really intense scene between the two, and therefore I was let down.
The wigs, see above. The length of the final battle, see above. The length of the movie could have been longer. The fact that Xavier will not be back. The minimal lines that the Volturi/Demetri had.
Overall (If you made it this far, you rock):
As many have said and I will concur, best out of the three in terms of excitement, romance, banter, and character development. I will be seeing it again tomorrow night and I never have watched a movie more than once in a theatre, so that is telling in itself.