After seeing the 90-second tease of the final ‘Breaking Dawn – Part 2′ trailer (which you can watch here), Amy and I (Kimmy) both were thinking about the added action that is on display. How did they change things up to add a battle when there isn’t one in the novel? Remember, this is just a trailer, so this whole collection of awesome fight moves could just be a short look into a possible future by Alice in the movie.
Bella is kicking alright, but is it real or a vision? We started hearing rumors of a battle when “Breaking Dawn” was still filming, but how much of it is real and how much is Alice’s vision? If Bella is concentrating and using her shield would Edward really be picking her up and swinging her around to kick someone in the head? If it is real then it is taking quite a departure from the book, and I don’t know how I feel about that. Yes, the battle that is not a battle in the book is anti-climactic, but I still can remember reading the book the first time and wondering how it was going to go down and worried about whom would not survive. A battle would have added some excitement, but characters would have had to die. Some Cullen’s and their allies would have to have been destroyed. If Bella’s kicking people in the head and the two sides are charging at each other, then just like on the Enterprise “shields are down!” and when shields are down someone is dying. Maybe that’s the reason for new covens. Was the thinking,” let’s create French and Japanese covens to be ‘red shirts’ because we can’t kill off characters from the book because they survive in the book…well except Irina.” But really, if there was a battle there would have to be casualties on both sides. The vampires all knew it in the book and we know it too. So I’m sticking with the kick has to be a vision…or a radical departure from the book.
As for the rest of the trailer, for those of us who attended Comic Con 2012 there was a lot that was familiar. Almost everything in the first 20 seconds of the trailer is from the first 10 minutes of the film. Bella taking down the mountain lion had me squeezing at Comic Con and I bounced in my seat during the trailer. I always imagined what it would be like for one of the female vampires to take down a large animal and it was awesome to see on screen.
Renesmee is still too big. Mackenzie Foy is adorable, but Renesmee should be the size of a toddler not a ten year old by the end of this story. I do love when she is standing between Bella and Edward in the field and she glances over toward wolf Jake. Jane (Dakota Fanning) looks great. The Amazonians and the Romanians playing in the trees = squee. Irina and the Volturi is an important plot point that we never actually see in the book, but now I’m excited to see what Aro and Caius say to her in response to the confession. Garrett holding Kate after Irina is destroyed – heartbreaking!
Earth shattering. Chases. Battles. It all looks remarkable, but what is the story we know, what is Alice’s vision and what is a complete departure from the book? Does it make you excited for November 16?
Fans have long been speculating about how filmmakers would deal with the lack of an epic battle in ‘Breaking Dawn,’ since the book builds up a ton of tension in anticipation for a huge fight between vampires from all over the world – only to be released by a long discussion with their opponent – not an actual physical battle. This disappointed some readers, but movie-goers had been thinking that the lack of a battle would hurt the film even more due to lack of action. Movie-goers love action, and it makes the film exciting. You wouldn’t want it getting stagnant right where we were supposed to be on the edge of our seats.
Today, however, after seeing the 90-second teaser that was released by MTV, fans have been rest assured that there is definitely going to be some major vampire butt-kicking going on in this movie. I have a theory on how they are going to pull this off – the extra covens! Quite a while ago it was revealed that Stephenie Meyer approved a change where a French and Japanese coven were added, but people didn’t know their placement in the plot.
Last year at the premiere of ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1,’ we spoke to the French coven vampires about their characters in ‘Part 2’ and how their movie-made roles fit into the plot of the novel. “Melissa Rosenberg and Stephenie Meyer added the French coven to the second film to add a new component to the story – there may be a twist in the film, and we might be a part of it,” revealed Janelle Froehlich, who plays Yvette. Amadou Ly, who plays Henri, told us, “The French coven [come into play] in the movie where the stakes are very high.” However, when we asked them if their characters have any ties with other specific vampires, Janelle sneakily mentioned that we’ll have to wait to find out “which team” they are on. Which, by deduction, makes me think they are a member of the Volturi’s team, against the Cullens. In the book, all the covens mentioned were on the Cullen’s side – the Volturi had their witnesses, but many were nomads, and there were no specific covens mentioned. I’m expecting that the Japanese and French covens were added to increase the stakes against the protagonists in the finale, and also make it so they could add a fight scene with characters that were made to be killed off – so we won’t have to lose many characters that weren’t meant to die. Who knows, though, they could have just thrown caution to the wind and changed the whole ending! Or the few seconds of fighting we see in the trailer are just that, a few seconds of Alice’s vision in the movie. Maybe we’re being tricked into thinking they are changing the ending at all. Bella’s kick at the end of the trailer sure was badass, wasn’t it?