I wanted to write this straight after i'd first seen the film, but in the excitement i'd missed half of the details i wanted to comment on, so now after three viewings i think i can safely say i can give an honest opinion on it!
Like basically everyone else on here, i was in awe of it to begin with - the wedding, the honeymoon, the entire pregnancy, the wolves, the birth scene, the soundtrack, just the whole film blew me away, and was the complete opposite of what i was expecting. I thought due to the age rating it was going to toe the line, but it pushed all the boundaries, making for an emotional film throughout.
Starting with the wedding, i thought it was portrayed brilliantly. Bella's nervousness perhaps went a little far as she was walking with Charlie, but i think that the song playing (turning page - sleeping at last) made the entire scene beautiful, and when she caught sight of Edward, and gained that fierce determination to reach him was so powerful, and i know i wasn't the only one in the cinema that cried as she walked towards him! The iron and wine song was so perfectly placed it just tied together the whole series and was truly incredible. I didn't expect to be so emotional so early in the film! And for all those people that say kristen never smiles, she barely stops throughout the entire wedding, and afterwards too! The whole scene was just perfect, and to see the bella and edward that we've fallen in love with finally happy was amazing.
The honeymoon! Where to start! This has to be my second favourite part of the film (the birth scene and transformation takes first place!), and i love that we got to see them both relax and enjoy themselves like a normal couple. I don't think i need to comment on the sex scene, it was perfect, and i'm so so so glad they didn't skip over it like the book. Bella's memories of it in the morning are so beautifully done, and i love the way she tries to convince Edward how happy she is. And the song placement of llovera by mia maestro creates such an amazing atmosphere. Then followed by Edward trying to tire out Bella, this whole section was brilliant and funny, especially when Bella tries to seduce Edward with Alice's lingerie. And when Bella finds out she's pregnant, its so chilling the way that Edward reacts.
Throughout the pregnancy, the film becomes darker and darker, as Bella becomes more gaunt and ill, which was difficult to watch as her bones begun to stick out and her bones begun breaking. But it was so well done, and i think bill condon was brave by not skipping over this and taking the easier way out - i think the depth of her illness made the film far more tragic (in a good way).
I thought the wolves talking scene was a bit dodgy to be honest. They have some weird effect on their voice to make it sound like they were speaking under water or something, and i just think the overall scene was a little strange, however i did like the way Jacob overpowered Sam, and the bit afterwards with Seth and Jacob was a bit more lighthearted than the rest of the film, and i think it was needed to make that contrast!
I think the final twenty minutes of the film was just a constant craze of action that i definitely wasn't expecting. I'm glad they kept in the name choosing for the baby, although i still cringe at the thought of 'EJ' haha, i definitely prefer Renesmee! Then of course, Bella drops the cup and everything is ruined. The entire birth scene was pretty horrifying, from the blood everywhere, to Bella's screaming. I found it pretty hard to watch, but at the same time i'm so happy with how it was done. I think if they'd done it in any lighter form, it wouldn't have done justice to the book and wouldn't half portrayed Bella's struggle enough. Rosalie's clear desperation to get the baby out leads her to stab the scalpel into Bella's stomach, and the blurry vision is confusing but amazing to watch, you really feel like you're experiencing her pain. Then of course Renesmee is born, and Bella essentially dies on the operating table, leading to Edward's horribly emtional attempts at reviving her. I cried so much at this bit, the way he's whispering at her to come back before he bites her is heartbreaking, and although i know that some people found it a bit strange, i really liked the way the camera goes inside Bella's blood and we see the venom taking over her body.
Then we see Jacob's decision to kill Renesmee, and then the imprint. The baby looked a little creepy in Rosalie's arms because of its eyes, but i think the whole sequence of her ahead life was slightly strange. I liked the parts with Mackenzie Foy, because obviously in the book we see Renesmee as a child so we can all relate to that. But i think the parts with Renesmee as an older girl was a little weird, mainly because the actress was very clearly wearing a wig, and despite her likeness to Mackenzie, i found it a little strange, and i think they should have just stuck to a younger actress. I also think it spoils the next film slightly for those who haven't read the books, as it shows that Renesmee grows up whereas the whole point of the next film is going to be apart whether she will survive or not against the Volturi.
Bella's transformation to a vampire is amazing. I don't really know how to describe it, except that she's going to be one beautiful vampire! her pearly white skin is perfect, and i loved her hair colour and the way her lips and eyes changed and how her back mended itself. And when she opened her eyes, it was such a brilliant end to the film it made me cry all over again.
So that's my review, it was genuinely one of the best films i've ever seen and i plan to see it loads more times before it finishes showing in the cinemas! Hope you enjoyed reading it :)