Breaking Dawn Party Ideas

I have racked my brain for some really great and super fun ideas for a Breaking Dawn party and I believe I have created the ultimate list!

Best/Worst Bride’s Maid Dress Contest:

Breaking Dawn is centered around Bella and Edward marrying, so why not have a Breaking Dawn party reflect their happy union? We should all be taking part and with that I present to you the Best/Worst Bride’s Maid Dress Contest. You can do one or the other or both and hand out an assortment of prizes (more on that later) to the person with the ugliest and/or prettiest outfit. Take pictures and make an album (real or Facebook) out of it to share with everyone later.

Wedding Cake Design Contest:

Another great idea for a Breaking Dawn party is to have your very own Designer Wedding Cake Cook-Off. Or perhaps Cake Wrecks Off – Twilight Style. Everybody could either bring their cake or prepare their Twilight Wedding Cake on site for more fun filled hilarity. If the idea of eating that much cake is off-putting go smaller scale and make Breaking Dawn Wedding Cupcakes.

Toast Off:

Another thing people do at weddings and you should do at your Breaking Dawn Party is toast! Grab some champagne or sparkling grape juice (depending on your age/preference) and kick off your evening by saying what Twilight or Edward Cullen has meant to you. Share how you first came into contact with Twilight and what you’ve been doing since the books ended to curb your craving. Might be a great way to introduce new, not to miss books to read after Twilight!!! What will you say to toast the happy couple?

Breaking Dawn Dance Party:

You can’t have a Breaking Dawn Wedding Party without dancing! That’s the best part! So kick off your heels, throw on the tunes and get ready to dance some of the most fun Wedding Line Dances around! Here’s a great list to get you started (check out the videos they show you how to do the line dance:)

TOP 15 WEDDING LINE DANCES:

But don’t take my word for it, try them out and have a blast!

1. Electric Boogie (Electric Slide) – Marcia Griffiths

2. Cha Cha Slide – DJ Casper

3. Cotten-Eyed Joe – Rednex

4. Cupid Shuffle – Cupid

5. Chicken Dance – various

6. Boot Scootin Boogie – Brooks and Dunn

7. Jitterbug – various

8. Macarena – Bayside Boys Mix

9. The Locomotion – Grand Funk

10. Booti Call – BLACKstreet

11. Bunny Hop – Applejacks

12. Cool Jerk – Capitols

13. Hoedown Throwdown – Miley Cyrus (Hannah Montana)

14. Watermelon Crawl – Tracy Byrd

15. Wobble – V.I.C

Party Games and Activities:

Your Breaking Dawn Party would not be completed without these fun games and activities.

Vampire Kisses:

  • You will need plastic fangs for each member of the party.
  • 1 Medium Size Apple

How to Play: You have to pass around an apple without hands, using your mouths while wearing the fangs. Every time it drops the person who dropped it has to do a 10 second chicken dance.

Arm Wrestle Emmett:

  • You will need a strong guy
  • A sturdy table

How to Play: Everyone in the party challenges the strong guy (now named Emmett) to a wrestling match. If anyone shows up Newborn strength and beats Emmett they win and get permanent bragging rights!

Note: You could set up the arm wrestling in a series of matches and hold a tournament. No strong guy needed unless wanted. ;)

Random Imprint:

  • You will need a hat
  • Papers with character names

How to Play: This is basically charades, but each two person team is going to pull two papers with character names. They will now randomly act or improv a scene from the Twilight series involving those characters or pretend those characters are in love and try to get the rest to figure out who they are.

Pillow Fight:

  • Feather pillows for everyone
  • A vacuum – lol :D

How to Play: It’s a pillow fight to act out the infamous morning after feathers scene in Breaking Dawn. Game on! First to break the pillow and make it rain feathers wins. Be careful of others and don’t hit each other too hard. Bella might be okay with bruises, but we’re not! If someone says to stop hitting them with pillows you should listen and stop.

Marathon Movie Watching:

You can’t beat a Twilight Saga movie marathon before hitting the theaters to see Breaking Dawn.

Make Twilight Jewelry:

Make or buy Breaking Dawn jewelry.

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Decorate Shirts:

Make or buy Breaking Dawn shirts to wear at midnight.

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Alice and Rosalie Makeovers:

Bella gets one on her wedding day, why not you? You’ll need to bring makeup, find some gifts with purchase, samples, etc. and just have fun as you prep for the main event!

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Breaking Dawn Food and Drink:

You can easily pull off any food and drink ideas that fit any of the other books but this menu is based on Breaking Dawn food and drink.

Blood Punch:
Bella drinks blood during her pregnancy to keep the baby healthy. You don’t have to go quite so far to enjoy a red beverage. Here are some ideas:

  • Fruit Punch
  • Red Gatorade
  • Red Wine
  • Tomato Juice
  • Cranberry Juice Cocktail
  • Apple/Strawberry Fanta

Breakfast for Dinner:
Bella eats a lot of breakfast (eggs especially) in Breaking Dawn so your party should host breakfast for dinner! Check out the menu:

  • Scrambled eggs
  • Pancakes/Waffles
  • Bacon
  • Toast
  • Omelets
  • Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
  • Cereal
  • Fruit Salad

And any other breakfast favorites!

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See more Twilight Party Ideas!

Movie Review: Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Heavy on Spoilers. Ye be warned!

Lines I Wish Were in Eclipse and Dearly Missed:

In order of how much I wish they were in the movie…

  • “Deal’s Off.” – Edward to Bella.
  • “But, if I had been able to take your place last night, it would not have made the top ten of the best nights of my life. Dream about that.” – Edward to Jacob.
  • “You are in trouble. Enormous trouble. Angry grizzly bears are going to look tame next to what is waiting for you at home.” – Bella to Edward’s voicemail.
  • You can hold me hostage any time you want.” – Bella to Edward.
  • “The way you regard me is ludicrous.” – Edward to Bella.
  • “Sometimes I think you like me better as a wolf.” – Jacob to Bella.
  • “I’ll be back so soon you won’t have time to miss me. Look after my heart — I’ve left it with you.” – Edward to Bella in a note.

Scenes I Wish Had Made It:

  • Jacob Black remembering how Bella looked when Edward was gone; inflicting a wounded look on Edward.
  • Alice Cullen kidnapping Bella.
  • Bella telling Jacob why she loves Edward and telling Jacob he’s such a big hypocrite.

Great New Lines Found Only in the Movie:

  • “A virgin. I like Edward a little bit more now.” – Chief Swan to himself.
  • “Let’s face it; we both know I’m hotter than you.” – Jacob Black to Edward Cullen in presence of Bella Swan.

Things the Movie Did Great:

  • Jacob’s wolf – it was very emotive.
  • Taylor Lautner had great delivery. Especially liked his, “You’d be better off dead. I rather you were.”
  • Everything Edward and Bella. Swoon. The meadow scenes, the bedroom scenes in his and hers bed, the proposal, etc. Be still my heart – please!
  • Edward’s jealousy! Fabulous and yummy. Okay, Edward in general. Robert Pattinson is great as usual.
  • The tent scene – pretty cool. It was different than how I thought it would go down but I liked it. Wish we had seen Jacob getting ripped from the sleeping bag by Edward though.
  • Kristen Stewart finally looks and sounds comfortable as Bella. The hair/makeup and wardrobe was all right; there was never a moment that I thought – that’s more Kristen than Bella as I have in the previous films.
  • The epic werewolf vs vampire fight. Fabulous!
  • Rosalie’s and Jasper’s and tribal flash backs.
  • Jasper and Alice as a couple.

Most Anti-Climatic and Most Anticipated Scene:

Bella breaking her hand against Jake’s face. It wasn’t as big a deal (the kiss, the punch, the consequences) as I thought it would be. Probably in part because of the spoiled bit between Edward and Jacob that was in a bunch of trailers as a result of the kiss and face punch.

(Yes, I did just slip a New Moon movie joke in there. :))

Did you miss…

Jacob practically nude near the end? Tell me what you think of those thighs! They’re like tree trunks. I bet Edward really wished he had pants on right then… tehe.

Conclusion: I need to watch this about 5 more times to pick everything apart properly.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Buy: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Dress Like a Twilight Character: Bella Swan Costumes

Bella Swan’s style is down to earth with lots of bulky jackets, plaid, long sleeve shirts, and jeans. Her colors are nearly always blue or green focused with occasional highlights in brighter hues like yellow. Here’s how you can put together your very own Bella Swan costume:

Hair:

Bella wears her lovely curly brown hair loose around her shoulders. Too keep it out of her face she makes use of headbands.

Long Brown Wig:
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Makeup:

Her makeup is very neutral and low key owing to the fact that she has a sweet clear complexion. To replicate her look take a look at this tutorial:

Brown Contacts:
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Mac Eye Shadow Wedge:
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Mac Eye Shadow Phloof:
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Benefit Silky Finish Lipstick:
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Jewelry:

Bella makes the tomboy look work by keeping distinct feminine touches. She always has an added sparkle to her appearance. Of course the best sparkle is Edward Cullen but since we can’t all have him on our arms opening night we’d best stick to Native American or South Western style jewelry.

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Jackets:

Depending on where you live, you might not want to get a Bella Swan style jacket because it will be too hot to wear. But if you live in a cold climate you should look out for a nice colorful jacket with fun textures.

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Bottoms:

Basically, Bella wears regular and skinny denim jeans to emphasis her legs. This style of jeans makes your legs look nice and long. Of course you could always raid your own closet!

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Tops:

Your top is the best bet when putting together your Bella Swan costume because it’s the most distinctive feature outside of her jackets. She rocks the plaid look and layers her tops for comfort and warmth.

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Shoes:

Converse and boots are Bella’s staples. If Alice can manage it she gets her into strappy death defying high heels.

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Boots:
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If you and a friend are going be sure to check out Dress Like Twilight Character: Alice Cullen Costume so the two of you can go in style!

Dress Like Twilight Character: Alice Cullen Costume

Everyone loves Alice Cullen. She’s the tiniest of the Cullen family and very pixie-like. Her loves include fashion, bright shiny yellow sports cars, and throwing a party. Oh and Jasper. ;) Whether you want to adapt her style to your own wardrobe full time or come up with the perfect Alice costume for a party or for Halloween, this how-to is for you.

Her Palette:

Alice is well known for dressing in an analogous color scheme. She wears a lot of blacks, grays, whites, purples, and blues. Occasionally other colors make it into her look, but this style maven uses them as highlights and regulates this flashes of color to her accessories.

Empire Waists:

Alice loves empire waists and they look fabulous on her. In Twilight, she wore a very cute gray tiered floral pattern empire waist dress and paired it with black leggings and a long sleeve black lace sweater. In New Moon she donned a cute dressy purple ensemble for Bella’s fated birthday party. If you want to feel super cute and chic adding a few empire waist dresses to your wardrobe is the way to go.

Here’s what you need to pull together an Alice Cullen costume featuring empire waists:

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2. Black Leggings:

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1. Purple Empire Waist Dress:

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2. Black Ballet Flats:

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Layering:

Alice Cullen is also known for her layering. She’ll wear a shirt, vest, and sweater get-up or long sleeves, artist smocks, and arm warmers. Part of the reasoning behind this style is to hide all her flawless skin that sparkles in sunlight. If she’s covered up there can be no oopsies from accidental shafts of light hitting her in the school cafeteria.

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2. Black Vest:

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1. Blue Shirt (Preferably Larger Than Needed):

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2. Long White Sleeve Shirt:

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5. Purple Scarf:

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Alice’s Accessories:

Looking for some of Alice’s accessories? How about her fabulous red gloves? Or cute choker necklace?

Red Gloves:

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Alice’s Choker Necklace:

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What’s great about Alice’s style is that there are sure to be several pieces already in your closet. Now that we go the clothes out of the way it’s time to see how else you can complete your Alice Cullen look.

Hair

Alice wears her hair short and spikey and usually flipped out. If you don’t have short hair, or don’t feel like cutting it, you can always go for a wig.

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Makeup

Alice goes for very pale neutral makeup to make her very fair skin. She brings life to her face with the use of soft shades of plum pink lipstick. Here’s a tutorial on how to do it:

What you need to recreate Alice’s look:

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Vampire Eyes:

Of course your Alice Cullen costume wouldn’t be complete without having those gold eyes. Go Team Vegetarian.

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Yellow Angelic Contact Lens

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Get creative and have some fun dressing up as your favorite Twilight character.

Twilight Eclipse Party Ideas: Invitations, Food, and Supplies!

Are you a Twilight fan looking to put together a blowout Eclipse party? Yes? Great! I’ve got everything covered from games to food and more. My comprehensive party guide will help you plan the perfect Twilight Eclipse movie party or Twilight Eclipse birthday party.

Making Your Twilight Eclipse Invitations:

For the DIYer I totally recommend grabbing the official fonts from Bella and Edward.

Below is an image I made with Adobe Photoshop using the ribbon from the Eclipse book cover with Edward Cullen’s Be Safe font.

It reads:

Dear Friend,

You are cordially invited to attend the Eclipse movie party hosted by Team Humans. The plans are that everybody will meet up at the movie theater several hours before the movie starts to ensure best seating. Afterward we will all head back to Chief Swan’s place and spend the night.

Movie: Eclipse
Date: June 29th, 2010 -June 30th, 2010
Time: 6 pm – 11 am
Where: Port Angeles Movie Theater

Send your R.S.V.P to my sister, Alice, as she is coordinating with all the Teams. Please indicate whether you are Human, Vampire, or Werewolf. You will need to bring at least $10 to buy your ticket. Hope to see you there!

Yours Ever,
Edward Cullen

If you like my Eclipse movie invite, you can download base invite image here. (It’s sized as a standard 8 by 11 piece of paper.) Then using the fonts you downloaded from Bella and Edward add your party text and information. Please right click to save to your desktop.

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Eclipse Party Food

I’ve got an Eclipse food idea for every Team. Check them out below:

Team Humans will love Pizza Fondue:

Ingredients

1 3/4 cups water
1 tablespoon butter
1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
2 (5.5-ounce) cans tomato juice
1 (1 3/8-ounce) packet spaghetti sauce mix
1 (8-ounce) bar mozzarella cheese
1 (8-ounce) bar sharp Cheddar cheese
1 (6-ounce) package sliced provolone cheese
1 Bakery French bread loaf

Steps

1. Set fondue pot or medium saucepan on medium heat. Combine water, butter, tomato paste, tomato juice and dry spaghetti sauce mix in fondue pot, stirring until smooth.
2. Reduce heat to low and simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, dice cheese into 1/2-inch cubes. Add cheese, in small amounts, stirring constantly until cheese is melted.
3. Cut bread into 1-inch cubes for dipping. Serve. (Makes 12 (1/2-cup) servings.)

CALORIES (per 1/12 recipe) 340kcal; FAT 18g; CHOL 50mg;
SODIUM 959mg; CARB 29g; FIBER 1g; PROTEIN 17g;
VIT A 16%; VIT C 17%; CALC 33%; IRON 9%

Team Vampires will love Frozen Party Juice. It’s to die for!

Ingredients

2 c. boiling water
2 pkg. fruit flavored Jello (strawberry or cherry is good)
6 c. cold water
1/2 c. sugar
1 can frozen orange juice (sm.)
1 lg. can pineapple juice
1 qt. ginger ale

Serves 50

Steps

1. Add boiling water to Jello. Dissolve.
2. Add cold water, fruit juices and sugar.
3. Make the day before and freeze.
4. Let thaw a few hours before serving and add ginger ale.
5. Frozen cherries, strawberries, raspberries or mashed bananas may be added.

Team Werewolves will howl for Spice Cup Cakes:

Ingredients

1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups flour
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon cloves

Steps

1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
2. Cream the butter or other shortening, if butter is not used, with a spoon.
3. Gradually add the sugar, beating with a large spoon or whisk.
4. When the mixture is light and creamy, add the egg yolk which has been beaten until it is a light lemon color.
5. Sift the flour, soda and spices together and add them alternately with the milk.
6. Then fold in the stiffly beaten egg white.
7. Bake in a greased muffin pan for twenty minutes until a toothpick inserted in center of a cup cake comes out nearly (not quite) clean.

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If you like this post be sure to check out my New Moon Bash: Party Ideas, More New Moon Movie Party Ideas, Eclipse Party Game Ideas and Fresh and Fun Twilight Eclipse Party Ideas for Games, Favors, and Supplies for more Twilight party ideas.

Review: Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (with spoilers)

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I was very excited to get my Breaking Dawn in the mail from Amazon. They managed to get it to me one day before they told me that it would arrive on my doorstep and I devoured the novel, all 700+ pages, in two days, which is consistent with how I’ve read the other three that came before.

The novel did many things I did not expect, and one thing in particular that I did expect. This review will contain spoilers, so read at your own risk. Suffice it to say I give Breaking Dawn four stars.

The wedding, surprisingly takes place within the first hundred pages. I thought that it would happen at the end after Jacob did something to delay it so he could win Bella for his own. This is not the case. The wedding is lovely and Bella gets through it just fine and afterwards can’t believe how uptight she was about the whole thing.

On their honeymoon, Bella and Edward make love successfully; unfortunately the scene fades to black, which annoyed me. The morning after Bella stirs and is blissfully happy but sore, Edward is composed and staring blankly at the ceiling and ruins her buzz by killing the mood. He won’t make love to her again, claims that she’s lying when she says she’s feeling fine—no great, all because he can see how rough he was with her. Bella only recalls that he held her tighter when she wanted him to, etc. Edward is sickened by how much of her skin is covered in bruises that match his hands.

Luckily, Bella manages to break him out of his funk through the use of sexy lingerie Alice packed for her and some innocent seduction. The second and third and so on times, Edward manages to ruin furniture instead of Bella’s skin, making him extremely satisfied… Bella too.

Meanwhile, I started to think about how much food Bella was consuming and came to the conclusion before it was revealed that she was pregnant. Her pregnancy is ridiculously accelerated and Edward freaks out. Bella knowing something is up, makes plans of her own to protect the life inside her and calls Rosalie for help, making the female vampire happy for the first time with her decisions.

From here the novel switches from Bella’s point of view to Jacob’s, which made me call up my friend and ask for some spoilers because I just don’t like the werewolf. During this part of the novel we witness Bella’s pregnancy, a break in the werewolf tribe as Jacob takes partial leadership, and Bella becoming very attached to Jacob’s presence.

The pregnancy takes a lot out of Bella until they realize that because the child is part vampire Bella’s diet needs to change from human food to a liquid diet of blood. Drinking blood immediately affects Bella’s health for the better, but also that of the baby’s. Every time the child moves inside Bella it leaves bruises on her skin and potentially breaks a rib in the process.

Edward is seriously going crazy and blames himself at this point and goes as far as offering Bella to Jacob if she really wanted a child as long as she’d be willing to give their child up as it was hurting her so much. Of course Jacob thinks on the idea and manages to bring it up to Bella who denies that its children she wants so much as her and Edward’s child that she wants.

Bella dies during birth, but luckily Edward manages to successfully turn her into a vampire while Jacob does CPR to keep the venomous blood flowing through her veins before it activates. Jacob leaves when he thinks it’s failed and goes downstairs where he intends to kill the child, now in Rosalie’s care. He never does, because once he lays eyes on their baby girl he bonds with her. This ends Jacob’s point of view in the story and switches back to Bella’s viewpoint.

The rest of the story deals with what I thought would happen to postpone the wedding—the Volturi are coming and they plan to execute the Cullen family for their Immortal Child (which is not what Edward and Bella’s child is per se, the term refers to something else). Alice and Jasper leave after Alice gives some very stern instructions to the family. The whole Western hemisphere is being herded together to witness the growth and humanity of the child.

It ends happily and Bella has amazing control on her thirst and on her special gift. I love the last few scenes between her and Edward. I am looking forward to reading the series again from Edward’s point of view, starting with Midnight Sun.

What did you think of the series ending?

Rating: 3 Stars

Become Smitten with Twilight’s Biting Appeal

I am very upset with Associated Press Movie Critic Christy Lemire’s review of Twilight. She gave the film 1.5 Stars and wrote a very unappealing look at the book’s film adaptation. I thoroughly enjoyed the film and I think the review was written to be controversial rather than an adequate depiction of the movie. I don’t know why critics try to take the fun out of something, but I am determined she was just being a sourpuss about the whole affair.

I went to the midnight premiere last night wearing one of my handmade Twilight pendants. I sat there in my seat waiting for the movie to start for nearly two hours and chatted with a nice girl who came dragging along a friend who wasn’t at all interested in the movie or books. We were both Edward fans and had similar opinions and views of the books and the waiting time was spent very pleasurably. I commend the theater for opening up seating immediately instead of making us wait outside. The one question we both asked was:

Would the movie live up to the hype?

I say it did. Sure there were some over the top segments, but it was done in accordance to the book. The slow-down filming of the scenes pushed it to the level of being too much. This mostly occurs with the introduction of the supermodel vampires – wonderfully cast and in the biology scene when Edward first gets a whiff of Bella’s pungent and lethal scent. It was unintentionally funny, and I think watching it a second time away from immature boy commentators will be thoroughly acceptable instead of slightly laughable.

Thoughts on the Casting:

Bella was perfectly cast with Kristen Stewart. She made watching the slightly awkward and shy Bella Swan very enjoyable not at all the sullen face Lemire makes her out to be. (Her hair I could kill for – gorgeous!) The sexual/romantic tension between Stewart and Robert Pattinson, playing vampire Edward Cullens, was phenomenal. Very hot kiss scenes between them (once again would be more enjoyable without the immature boys yelling across the theater… and that’s saying something because the scenes were amazing even with the commentary going on.)

The Cullens family was wonderfully cast too. I was worried with how many unknown names (at least to me) that were appearing throughout the film that it would fall short of readers’ expectations. Alice played by Ashley Greene was perky, cute, and fun. Jackson Rathbone played a seriously sexy Jasper. I loved him in the film and could watch him as often as Bella and Edward. Jasper is the newest Vegan vampire and it’s very hard for him to be around humans – hence the nearly always present expression of pain on his face.

Lemire mentioned that Rosalie only had one expression – the sneer and scowl. Well if Lemire has read the books Rosalie is the disapproving vampire. She doesn’t like Bella and all Bella ever sees her do is sneer and scowl. Rosalie does provide some good humor at the start of the flight from danger scenes.

Dr. Carlisle Cullen is also one sexy vampire. Yum. He plays the hot fatherly doctor figure very well. Of the vampires, he looks most like a vampire. The others are as pale as Bella in most instances.

The high school mortals were also amazing in their roles. The film built up their friendship quickly without much dialogue. I could easily believe that the group had been friends for years. Eric and Mike were fantastic. Jessica and Angela too. Jessica provided a lot of humor to her scenes because you can see where her thoughts were all the time based on her facial expressions.

Bella’s father and mother were similarly excellent choices, though I agree with Lemire’s comment on the bad cop style mustache for Billy Burke.

Jacob and the rest of the Quileute Tribe were done well. I have never been a Jacob fan by any stretch of the imagination but I enjoyed him in this movie. I did hear on the way out of the theaters that some girls were switching loyalties to Edward. I thought Jacob was pretty cute – apparently they didn’t agree.

Casting gets a 5 out of 5.

Thoughts on Special Effects:

Lemire says Twilight was a low budget film. I don’t know what that means, or how much Twilight ran on so I can’t really comment on money to visual effects and ask something like where did all the money go?

Edward’s flying through the trees reminded me of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. It was more choppy than the Chinese film and harder to get behind. This goes very much into the over the top area. The meadow sequence was perfectly acceptable. I also enjoyed his second run through the trees and climbing up them with Bella on his back. That was easier to believe in a way. Sort of Spider-Manish. I also liked his pet name for her in spider monkey. Much better than sweetheart, baby, luv, honey, sexy, etc. we hear most of the time. It’s unique and therefore special.

The ballet studio sequence was wonderful. I can only imagine how hard it was to edit out all the camera and extra people and I’ve seen the behind the scenes look at the ballet studio and what they were doing. It was amazing! I liked it a lot and I sure most moviegoers will too.

Back to the meadow – Edward as his sparkly vampire self could have passed easily any sunny day in San Francisco as a Queen with glitter decorating his whole body. I could see the diamond comment, but it wasn’t as noticeable or excessive as the books made it out to be. If all vampires looked like that in the sun they should just move to California and nobody would notice or look twice.

Ending:

The ending was great with prom. Jacob showed up but didn’t get to dance with Bella. I’m so vindictive that I giggled on the inside at this, striking up a point for Edward. Very possessive returning to Bella’s side when he spies the soon to be werewolf.

The gazebo reminded me of a lot of dancing sequences in other high school films… for instance A Cinderella Story. But I loved how he picked her up and had her dance with him. As they were dancing the other couples noticeably left the gazebo giving Edward and Bella a few private moments at the end. The parting words were sweet and the moment sizzling even as it was tender.

Overall I give this movie 4.5 Stars. A must see for any Twilight fan and a chance for non-Twihards to become smitten with Twilight and its biting appeal.

Final Eclipse Trailer is Here! Take a Look:

This trailer focuses more on the deaths, killings, suspense and mystery side of Eclipse instead of the love triangle. It appears to balance the escalating tensions and threat of Victoria more than the book did, which is good. Boys might even like it… just a little. ;)

10 Things I Love about the Final Trailer:

  1. We see snow! I am of the opinion this must be the tent scene and the final confrontation between Edward, Seth, Bella, and Victoria. I can’t wait for the tent scene, how about you?
  2. Seattle looks creepy and a bit otherworldly. It’s a good solid introduction to the city and world outside of Forks. Too bad it’s making for the murder capital of the US.
  3. We get to see more of the newborn army. Hurrah! Lots and lots of them – can you feel the hairs on the back of your neck rising?
  4. Jane and her guard as they come into Washington to observe the goingons. From what little we see it clears up some loose ends from the book on if the Volturi liasions arrived early and did nothing in hopes of the Newborn Army clearing up their little Cullen problem. What do you think?
  5. Edward pushes a tree over. Haha. :)
  6. Victoria’s red hair is the brightest color in the whole trailer, have you noticed? It’s kind of cool. If it was a little less orange and a little more red red it would look like blood.
  7. The newborns climbing out of the water. Very ghoulish.
  8. We see Bella’s ring! Now where’s all the yummy groping?
  9. We see three of the wolves coming out of the forest… stalking… getting ready to fight.
  10. Wolves pouncing on newborns… poor newborns.

What did you like from the new trailer?

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