Like “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” before it, we suspect that the splitting point between Parts 1 and 2 will be a well-guarded secret. It’s likely, however, that the first movie will end around the start of Book Three: the dividing line between Bella’s human and vampire life.
We can already visualize the possibilities. Bella reaches for the cup of blood, unleashes a bloodcurdling scream and the screen goes blank! Or, Edward delivers the baby, turns to Bella, murmurs, “Renesmee” (signifying that the baby is not the boy Bella dreamed of, but a girl) and the screen goes blank! Or perhaps Bella endures the burning transformation, her heart dramatically stops beating, she opens her vampire eyes for the first time…and the screen goes blank! You get the picture.
Another dramatic breaking point could be slightly later, once Bella is happily settled into her new vampire existence. Alice foresees that the Volturi will come to destroy Renesmee and the Cullen clan, understandably causing mass panic. When Jacob arrives and asks what’s wrong, Bella gravely tells him, “It’s over. We’ve all been sentenced to die.” And, er, you guessed it—the screen goes blank. This scenario wouldn’t leave as much plot for the final movie, however the real action in “Breaking Dawn” begins after this moment.
Wherever Part 1 ends, there are some moments that we cannot wait to see interpreted by Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner and the gang. Firstly, Bella’s wedding dress is sure to be a showstopper. We know that it’s inspired by early 20th century styles, made of thin satin and cut in an inverted calla lily shape that gently hugs Bella’s body. Countless designers have come up with their visions, and we have a feeling it’ll be as unique as Bella’s ring.
Of course, after three movies full of seriously sensual kissing scenes, we’re eagerly anticipating Bella and Edward’s feather-filled honeymoon, especially since the first official movie still hints at this climactic moment.
The La Push pack’s mind communication also presents an interesting challenge. A lot of the werewolf plot in “Breaking Dawn” occurs while the Quileutes are in wolf form, communicating via thoughts. It will be interesting to see how screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg and director Bill Condon decide to show these moments onscreen.
Two other complex aspects of translating the book to screen are creating vampire Bella and Renesmee. “New Moon” offers a glimpse of post-transformation Bella, so we have high expectations for KStew’s ability to alter her voice, expressions and composure to convincingly portray a vampire. As well, we know that 9-year-old Mackenzie Foy has been cast as Renesmee, but how on earth will she be convincingly transformed into a baby? Well, we’ll just have to wait until November 2011—or 2012—to find out.
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