In Breaking Dawn, Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) get married, go on their honeymoon and piss off the Werewolves when Bella gets pregnant on her wedding night. I have so many problems with this film and it’s only salvation is that the last half of the movie is mildly interesting.
Before the wedding Edward confesses that he used to kill people for their blood. Bella isn’t remotely fazed by this news and shakes it off because he was killing murderers (“You probably saved more lives than you took.”) So Bella is pro-vigilante/capital punishment. On their wedding night, Bella and Edward have violent sex that leaves Bella severely bruised all over her body. But she doesn’t seem to care because she thought the sex was amazing. I’m not going to judge if she likes it rough, but I had a problem with it. I think domestic abuse is a serious problem and by rationalizing the bruises by saying “it’s okay because I know he really loves me” is not a healthy or appropriate response.
One last complaint, and I’ll move on. Abortion. (Quite a heavy topic for a movie/book aimed at pre-teens). After discovering that surprise – a vampire can apparently get a human pregnant, there is a great debate about whether or not the “fetus” should live. It’s a demon, it could kill Bella, etc etc are all reasons why Edward and others want Bella to abort the baby. But no, Bella feels a “connection” to the baby and would die for it. Oy vey.
It’s probably hard to make a movie when the source material is bad. I thought Stewart and Pattinson were okay, but I could never stand Lautner (it only took 5 seconds into the movie for him to take his shirt off). The wedding and honeymoon scenes were corny and underwhelming, but I really thought the last half was fairly interesting. A lot of good things happened at the end, and some of the characters who used to be bumps on a log stepped up and actually did something. Overall, I’ll be glad when this series is over.