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Friday, November 18, 2011

entertainme: "the twilight saga: breaking dawn"

When I got the invitation to the “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part I” screening I knew the exact person I was going to invite as my guest-my friend Sara who is the biggest “Twilight” fan I know and just came back from the premiere in Los Angeles. In fact when I was interviewing the cast at Comic-Con before their first film opened, Sara was the one I called to preview my questions. So, it was only fitting that when I knew I was reviewing the film that Sara should get a say as well.

So stay tuned. Here is my review followed by guest reviewer, Sara’s take on “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part I.”

I have to be honest and say that up until last weekend I hadn’t seen the last two “Twilight” films. I had stopped reviewing films for awhile and missed these movies. This weekend though I watched “New Moon” and “Eclipse” so I wouldn’t be completely confused when I saw “Breaking Dawn.” I grew up on John Hughes movies but I liked the story of Bella, the girl torn between Jake (a wolf) and Edward (a vampire.) It was teen angst on steroids and blood.

“Breaking Dawn” however was different. When we last saw Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson) Edward had proposed, Bella accepted and they had set a wedding date. Meeting them again in this film, Bella and Edward seem more mature (however gaping the roughly 100 year age difference between the two.) This film is funnier, more romantic and a movie that can truly stand on its own. The three previous films could be seen as movies based on blockbuster teen books, but “Breaking Dawn” is truly a film for the masses, not just the Twihards. There is a wedding, passion (i.e. the honeymoon first sex scenes), anger, joy, excitement, war, wolves, and of course vampires.

Perhaps it’s director Bill Condon (“Dreamgirls”) who gave this film a more wide-ranging appeal or maybe it’s the fact that the material is a little lighter (a wedding and a baby after all). Whatever the combination, it is a winning one that will not only delight the already existing “Twilight” saga fan but it will also attract moviegoers who may not have thought of themselves as fans. They will now.

Bonus: The soundtrack featuring Bruno Mars' "It Will Rain" is phenomenal. Download it today here.
Introducing Sara Kosokoff, The Happygirl Experiment’s guest reviewer

The Happygirl: So Sara we saw "Breaking Dawn" tonight. What did you think?

Sara Kosokoff: I loved this movie! I think this might be my favorite of all of them so far.

HG: How did this film compare to the others?

SK: You can tell the quality is much better, the makeup, special effects , the hair. Also, it is nice to see Bella and Edward so happy and carefree. Well, at least for the first part of the movie!

HG: You are the biggest "Twilight" fan I know starting from way back when. I remember when I was covering the "Twilight" red carpet at Comic-Con and I called you to help me out. You pretty much saved me there.

SK: You showed me a list of questions you were going to ask the cast. I nixed all of them, they had been asked a million times already and the fans want to hear something different. I gave you some questions you could ask them that I thought you would get some interesting answers from. Then, during Comic Con, you called me saying you were in a room with the cast, and you asked me  “So, who is the tall British guy, who is the girl with the red hair?. . .” That was funny.... Then you told me to watch the Live Feed. I was at my desk at work (trying to hide that I was watching this!) when all of a sudden I saw you with your microphone, and you were talking to Robert Pattinson. I turned up my volume on my computer and then....YOU ASKED HIM MY QUESTION!!! I almost fell out my chair. The question was something about what was the link to romance and vampires and he said something about that it was sexy to bite someone's neck. I seriously ran down the hallway yelling, I must of looked like a crazy person at work!

HG: You just went to the premiere in L.A. and you met Rob Pattinson. Did it fulfill every dream?

SK: Pretty much! It was my goal to see Rob up close, and to get a pic. It was a stressful 5 days to get to the red carpet but totally worth it when he was standing in front of me, asking "Hey, how are you?" I kind of forgot to remember how to speak! His eyes are really green, by the way. He is so good with his fans, he tries to get to every person and not leave anyone out. I am still bummed I didn't get a pic with Kristen though but who knows? I didn't think I would ever get to see Rob and that happened, so my fingers are crossed!

HG: What do you love about the "Twilight" films?

SK: I just love that they are so relatable. I mean, most girl's don't fall in love with a vampire and have a werewolf as a best friend, but at some point, you have that rush of first love and Stephenie Meyer can tell that story so well. It also helps to have Robert Pattinson cast as the lead. You can thank Kristen Stewart for that one. He tried out for the role cause he wanted to be in a movie with her and she insisted that he was the only person that can play Edward. And she was right.

HG: You obviously read "Breaking Dawn." How similar or different was the film to the book? I know the big love scene was something fans were excited about. Was it was awesome as you expected?

SK: Well, this is only the first part of the book, and it is pretty similar so far. I think the honeymoon was better in the movie than the book, since the book was fade to black and let's just say they show a bit more than that in the movie! I was satisfied with everything. The wedding was beautiful and the birth was terrifying! Now we have to wait a whole year for “Breaking Dawn Part II.”

HG: So rating this movie, 1 to 5 this movie would be a . . .?

SK: I would give this a solid 4.5. Honestly, this was not my favorite book in the series but it is my favorite movie so far!

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