Book-vs-Movie: Breaking Dawn
Book Release: August 2, 2008
Movie Release: November 18, 2011
I will be the first to admit that I am a total Twihard. I inhaled the books and have enjoyed all of the movies. So this will be an extremely thorough review!
Loved the opening scene of the movie how Jacob took off after receiving the wedding invitation. This is really what makes these movies: seeing things from others point of view. In the book we only get to see things from Bella’s perspective. Unfortunately we do not get to see Bella in her ‘tank’ of a car that Edward buys for her.
Edward tells Bella about his past and how he’s killed people. In the books, we learn this early on in the series. I was surprised that they actually included it in this movie. Edward tells Bella about his past in her bedroom, when Emmett and Jasper show up for Edward’s ‘bachelor party.’ I was so glad that they included this because it was such a cute part of the book.
When everyone shows up at the Cullen’s house for the wedding, Charlie’s notices the graduation caps hanging on the wall. Renee says it’s creative and Charlie says it’s just weird. Gotta love Charlie : ) Even Stephenie Meyer had a cameo during the wedding scene!
The commentary of all of their high school friends was hilarious. Talking about how all of the Cullen ‘family members’ (vampires) look stunning, how Jessica thinks Bella is pregnant, and everyone telling Alice that the entire wedding wasn’t over the top when it really was.
I loved how during the wedding vows they played Iron and Wine, the song from ‘Twilight’ when they had their first dance during the prom. They even had an extremely long kiss on the alter like in the book.
I didn’t like how during the reception when meeting Bella, Irina freaks out because there are werewolves at the wedding and one of them killed Laurent. She gets visibly upset and walks away. I understand that they’re setting up the next movie, but for such a short scene, I don’t think it was necessary.
Some of the speeches during the reception were just awkward. Besides Emmett and Charlie, I didn’t care for any of the others.
Edward lead Bella away from the reception because he knows Jacob is in the woods, just like in the book. They share a dance and then Jacob freaks out because he finds out Bella is going to have a ‘normal honeymoon.’
When they leave for their honeymoon, Bella has no idea where she’s going just like in the book. They fly to Rio, then get on a speedboat and head to Isle Esme!
Edward and Bella are very affectionate and it’s nice to see for a change. Edward isn’t as cold and standoff-ish like the previous films. It makes you believe that they’re a real couple getting married and going on their honeymoon.
During this first part of this movie, there were a lot of music montage pieces that I felt were really unnecessary. It caused the movie to move slower than it really should have. I’m guessing this is because of the directors style.
Once they arrive at Isle Esme, there is an awkward moment between the two of them when Bella asks her a few ‘human minutes.’ Then she goes into the bathroom brushes her teeth, combs her hair, and shaves her legs. Bella goes through the bags that Alice packed and realized that there’s no bathing suit… just lingerie. That is when Bella gains her confidence and walks to the beach in her towel. This plays out pretty exact to the book.
The scene of Edward and Bella skinning dipping and then later in bed are pretty hot and heavy. Woot woot! Edward breaks the headboard in mid-thrust, and Bella wakes up surrounded by feathers and the room a wreck.
Bella is in the bathroom remembering all the great moments of the night before, when Edward walks in and ruins it by showing her all the bruises he gave her.
He feels terrible and totally deflates her good mood. This part of the movie pretty much plays out word for word from the book. Bella tells Edward to cheer up, they both agree it was the best night of their lives, and then Edward stops all of Bella’s attempts at seducing him. They play games, walk around the island, and do everything to avoid the bedroom. Then Bella begins to have vivid dreams (although we all know where they’re coming from!).
Bella wakes up to a note that Edward has gone out hunting. Bella makes herself some chicken and halfway through runs to the bathroom to throw up. She reaches into her bag for some Pepto Bismal when she notices a box of tampons. She then realizes that her period is late and is confused because she believed she couldn’t get pregnant. Then she goes to the mirror and notices her stomach is larger, then feels something move inside of her.
At that moment Alice calls. When reading the book, we know that she called because she stopped seeing Bella’s future; they do not mention this in the movie. Carlisle gets on the phone and Bella tells him that she believes she’s pregnant. Edward then gets on the phone and talks to Carlisle and arranges a flight home immediately. While Edward is packing, Bella sneaks away with her phone and calls Rosalie. This entire scene was also taken directly from the book.
What we do not see in the book but hear about, is Jacob at home eating dinner with his father and Charlie. Charlie tells Jacob that Bella is sick and extending their honeymoon. Jacob takes off and goes directly to the Cullens’. Rosalie gives Jacob a hard time about getting close to Bella. Then Bella stands up and Jacob sees her bruising stomach. All of the scenes with Carlisle talking with Bella about the possibilities of what the baby is and the tests they perform is removed from the movie, and spoken with Jacob in the room in about a minute. This was a great choice to do for the movie.
Edward talks to Jacob and begs him to talk to her to try and keep her alive. In the book, Edward goes even further and says that if Bella wants a baby that badly Jacob can get her pregnant. They definitely did not put that in the movie!
Jacob gets frustrated when Bella won’t listen to him, and takes off in wolf form. He meets up with the rest of the wolf pack and they all see that Bella is still human, but pregnant with a ‘beast.’ Sam says that they will attack the Cullens and Jacob defies him. Jacob says he will not follow anyone but himself, and takes off on his own. Seth and Leah follow him, and give Jacob a hard time about being alpha. When he asks them to do things, they joke “Is that an order, alpha?” This scene takes place with all of the actors in wolf form, which came out pretty cool. It was also extremely true to the book, which was great.
Jacob goes into the Cullen’s house and tells them what Sam has planned. The Cullen’s and Jacob’s new pack all agree to protect Bella. Just like in the book, Esme brings the wolves sandwiches and clothes.
Insert some more music montages of Bella’s health getting worse, Edward and Carlisle researching vampire children, Jacob protecting the house… yawn.
Carlisle tells Bella that ‘the fetus’ is killing her and it will not stop. Bella hasn’t eaten and can’t get any nutrition. They do a much better job of showing Edward furious with Bella about her choices than they do in the book. Robert Pattinson does a wonderful job of showing Edward’s emotions.
Jacob is sitting with Bella thinking about how ‘the fetus’ wants something to “sink it’s teeth into,” when Edward gets the idea to feed Bella blood. The look on Jacob’s face when Bella is drinking blood from a straw is hilarious. Then Edward begins to ‘hear’ the baby thoughts.
When Carlisle, Esme and Emmett go out to hunt and collect more blood bags that Bella is going through, they run into the wolfpack and begin to fight until the Cullen’s are able to run away. Once they leave, Bella goes to grab the cup of blood and the baby breaks her spine.
The birth scene is similar, but different to the book. I haven’t reread the book in about a year, so I could be off with some of the following comparisons.
Rosalie cuts Bella’s stomach with a scalpel, which I don’t remember happening in the book; Edward bites through Bella’s stomach to get the baby out. Then Alice has to drag Rosalie from the room because the human blood is making her thirsty.
That leaves Jacob and Edward in the room with Renesmee. This doesn’t happen in the book because Jacob doesn’t imprint at this moment. In the book, Renesmee is rushed right out of the room.
Then Bella dies and Jacob begins CPR. Edward stabs Bella in the heart with a needle full of his venom. Jacob is so angry that he leaves the house crying and all of the wolf pack believes that she died in childbirth.
Edward continues to bite Bella to help spread the venom even faster, which I don’t remember happening in the book either.
Then there is an awesome cut scene, which is probably what caused people to have seizures, where Bella is lying still on the table, but a CGI scene of Bella’s veins coming back to life. She’s thrashing around on the table screaming, when the scene cuts back to her body still again. It was an awesome way to show the pain and burning that a vampire being turned goes through.
Another awesome scene was when Jacob goes back into the house and imprints on Renesmee. He freezes and can’t take his eyes off her. He pictures her entire life as she’s growing up, and talks over the images saying how he would do anything and be anyone she needed to be. He falls to his knees because the feeling is too strong.
Sam’s wolf pack shows up to the Cullen household and begins a fight with Edward, Alice and Jasper. They continue to fight, but the Cullen’s are outnumbered. Then Emmett, Esme, and Carlisle return to help in the fight. I don’t remember this fight scene happening in the book.
We then see Bella in a blue dress lying on the hospital table slowly coming back to life. Her bite marks are healing, her spine reforms, her hair curls, and skin turns pale white. Her life flashes before her eyes with clips from previous movies, and they play “Bella’s Lullaby” from the first movie.
All of the Cullen’s and Jacob are around the table waiting watching Bella. In the book we know this is because Alice told everyone that she can now see Bella again and that she will be waking up soon.
I couldn’t wait until the end of this movie, not because it was terrible, but because I wanted to know how they would split the book. I’ve talked about it with many people, and I was exactly right! We see Bella lying on the hospital table, then the camera focuses on her closed eyes, which open and are blood red.
Hope everyone stayed after the credits to watch the extra scene! A human enters the Volturi lair and hands Aro an envelope from the Cullen’s alerting them they’ve added a new member to their coven. They talk about how they’re increasing their numbers, and how the Cullen’s have something that Aro wants.
I cannot wait until the next film, and I really hope that they don’t cut a lot out. The one story line in particular that I really hope is left in is the J. Jenks story line. Meyer does a great job with this, and I would love to see this on screen. I’m also curious to see how Renesmee will be portrayed.
The one thing I’m most excited for? The Volturi are back! I absolutely love Michael Sheen as Aro, and cannot wait for the big Cullen/Volturi battle.
Did you read Breaking Dawn and also see the movie? Do you agree or disagree with my review? Let me know!