BREAKING DAWN REVIEW

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Breaking Dawn: Part 1

Inasmuch as I've loved the Harry Potter series, the Twilight Saga has always been one of my guilty pleasures. And so, when the movie premiered last Friday (midnight), I was one of those who lined up in haste to watch the sought after sequel to last year's "Eclipse." But, the question still resounds, was it worth it?

I've read several movie critiques about the movie most of which were not good. However, I share this blog to see the movie on a different light coming from a member of the clerical state:

First, I would like to give ample credit to the author Stephenie Meyer for laying out a clear position on abortion. Regardless, of whether it is indeed possible for a human and vampire to procreate that's out of the question. The fact that the author presented Bella Swan as a mother-to-be who's very determined to keep the child even if [she] could endanger her life, was something that's interesting to note. For the young audience, it should be a wake up call and a driving force to put life of great value and to NEVER, in any way, think that it's just a matter of CHOICE to keep the child or not. Life is a universal value. The truth that LIFE must be protected is ABSOLUTE as it is a clear expression of LOVE in its truest sense. To put an end to life through abortion intrinsically violates such truth. Bella could have chosen not to keep the child in her womb given the circumstances, but as a mature mother-to-be, she would do everything in her capacity to keep [her]. Doubtful of what kind of a being would come out of her womb, she kept an open mind to save the life of her child.

Second, writers critiqued Stephenie Meyer for having violated the standard vampire behavior for making it possible for a vampire to impregnate a human (See link below for reference). But come to think of it, this is a work of fiction, right? The mind works amazingly with imagination and creativity. I think the author intends to be original as she puts it into writing negating the vampire stereotypes (or "standard" as you please). More importantly, though I may be imposing my own interpretation on this regard, she intends to create artistically the power of a trinity. WIth all my Catholic biases, I see a "Jesus image" coming into play. Renesmee (Bella and Edward's child's name after Renee and Esme), who though female, signifies Christ as Savior; and Edward and Bella as the Father and Holy Spirit irrespectively. In the end, the GOOD will prevail and darkness will be overshadowed by LIGHT. Through that the balance is realized like the yin and yang in order to resolve the conflict.

But then again, was it worth it? I think that it all depends on which angle you would evaluate the film. Amidst the critiques both good and bad, the giggles, the rivalry between team Jacob and Edward, and the gasps of audiences between scenes, I was drawn to focus on the LIGHT. I am for certain that I found Jesus implied in the very words of the author who's power is waiting to be unleashed.

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Maria Cecilia 5 years ago from Philippines

Not really a fan of this series but I am becoming curious with this Breaking Dawn...reading your reviews plus the link you posted, I can say it has a very courageous wild imagination, and we can never question the writer when it comes to her own creativity...hope to see more reviews from you, and if you happened to write review for the first few series just share the link with me thanks


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giopski 5 years ago from Oakland, California Author

@maria cecilia. Thanks for your comment. I'm a movie goer myself and I try to give reviews as much as I could this being one of them though I haven't posted most of them. Let's just be careful how we watch movies especially if we are Catholics or even Christians, let us try to see them in a different light according to the very words of Christ. You have a lovely weekend.


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giopski 5 years ago from Oakland, California Author

@gabsdoc. You're very welcome. I do hope that a lot of people would evaluate things that they watch in movie theaters and see it in a different perspective. Happy holiday ahead of you.


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glenn wallace 5 years ago

Interesting take, with the possible Jesus interpretation of the book/film. Honestly, before your hub, I hadn't really seen it that way, but knowing Meyers background I think you have a valid way of looking at it.


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giopski 5 years ago from Oakland, California Author

@glenn. Thanks for the comment. I am not so sure about Stephanie's religious background but I do believe that such image is present in the movie. Last year's "Eclipse" promotes sexual abstinence until marriage so I think this is just but a logical consequence that the author would not opt for abortion. Life is always of significant value. You have good one Glenn!


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Maria Cecilia 5 years ago from Philippines

Giopsski, I watched Breaking Dawn and it looks promising to me, I mean, do I need to watch the previous so that I can understand this better.. anyway I think this is good and I am curious as to what will happen to Bella after going back to life as vampire I guess?please share more insights I am interested.


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giopski 4 years ago from Oakland, California Author

@Maria Cecilia. I'm glad that you liked the movie. We'll in my own opinion you really have to watch the previous movies since they come as a series or in parts. I would love to tell you more about the next one but I think it would be best for you to see it yourself than giving you a spoiler. Lol You take care! I would love to make reviews later on for some other parts of the Twilight Saga but for now this is what I can offer. Thanks again.


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Maria Cecilia 4 years ago from Philippines

I suggest you make a review of the previous right away.. very clever not to tell me in advance hahaha, anyway I will find a way.. thanks


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Maria Cecilia 4 years ago from Philippines

Hello I watched the first three movie of this and they were simple than I expected but I like them... I have questions though, like are vampires I mean vampire to vampire union can never create a child?am i correct Edward collins' mother is not the wife of of his Doctor dad?there are more questions but I still need to analyze them. I will try to guess to the scenario in the part II, will the vampire encounter problem with bella as a new born? for sure she will crave blood?their son? what power will he have as half human half vampire? what will they feed him? LOL enough for now..


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giopski 4 years ago from Oakland, California Author

@Maria Cecilia. There are several vampire nuances that I myself cannot decipher. Most of them, have stories of their own as to how they've met. Logically, it's hard to say if they could bear a child since they're already dead but in the case of Bella and Edward, I guess, Stephenie wanted to be original vis a vis vampire authors. I would advise you to read the novels though for a more profound understanding. Till then.


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Maria Cecilia 4 years ago from Philippines

oh too stingy in sharing info.. joke, I have that in mind reading the novels for more profound understanding...


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Maria Cecilia 4 years ago from Philippines

Giopski hi just want to update you on how far have i gone..LOL I read Breaking Dawn Book already so I knew the ending now... and you know what I will be reading the firt three book Twilight, New Moon and Eclipse, well it's my bad habit to read the book after watching the movies or vice versa... thanks for visiting my other hub

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