Hey TwiCrackers! I'm back from LA and (somewhat) caught up on sleep. I took hundreds of pictures and I will eventually find the hours needed to upload and edit them, but for now I'll just give you what I know you really want: a spoiler-free review of Breaking Dawn Part 2.
Let's start with the basics.
- Wardrobe, makeup, and hair: the best yet BY FAR. Everyone finally looks really, really good. Bella in particular looks beautiful and natural, and Edward has good hair and no lipstick! Jasper, Rosalie, Alice, and Emmett also look good. Carlisle looks less plastic and Esme looks lovely.
- The "feel" of the movie is very much like BD1, although the pace of this one is lightening fast. I felt like we were through the vast majority of the (rest of the) book in the first hour. No slow, lingering gazes or half-minute breaks between lines here. This movie moves and it was almost a little too fast for me, but I'm glad that they packed so much into it.
- The cottage is awesome, the scenery during the "battle" scene is beautiful and very... visually dynamic (see what I did there?). All of the scenery was spot-on and not nearly as faux-snow-y as Eclipse.
- Edward and Renesmee MELTED MY HEART. Mackenzie as Renesmee was incredible. She brought so much life to a character who, for me, never really jumped off the page. I loved her in this role.
- Michael Sheen steals the show as Aro. He is so freaking creepy and really scared me! He did a great job, despite the Michael Jackson outfit. His Aro is nightmare-worthy.
- How Bella's gift - and Alec's - are presented is perfect. I wondered how they'd show them, and although they were a little different than I pictured, they were done well.
- All of the foreign vampires: loved, loved, LOVED them. They were just as I pictured and the cast did a great job of bringing them to life. Favorites were Benjamin (FAVORITE), Garrett, and the Amazons.
- Not so much a movie note, but when "A Thousand Years" played at the premiere, all of the fans sang along. It was a moment I will never forget. It felt like we were saying goodbye to Twilight and telling the cast that we will never forget them.
I really can't say much more without giving away the farm here. I'm seeing it again tomorrow night and I'll reserve my overall score for after I've seen it a second time. Most people I've talked to loved it, and only one or two didn't like it. I'm still processing.
Final words of wisdom: take tissues. And I mean that for you criers, but also those of you who rarely cry. I ruined a scarf by ugly crying into it. And I was surrounded by tears and gasping sobs too, so it wasn't just me.
Once you've seen it, let us hear your thoughts!