I enjoyed the movie and I’m very choosy. Actually I don’t see many films and while I’m likely missing some that I’d like, I don’t see many that I don’t like.
The locations are beautiful as is true of the first three films. The fact that I hadn’t read the book made the ending a delightful surprise that I didn’t see coming and that was enjoyable. I tried to read the books and simply couldn’t bear them although I’m happy for the success of other people. By now I barely recall the first three films although I noticed that it’s no longer amusing to despise the acting of some of the cast now that some of their real life human pain has skirted near the edges of my awareness.
Viewing BD pt 1 was not enjoyable for me. The cinematography while Bella was giving birth gave me vertigo and whatever technology and makeup they used to make her appear so thin was all too realistic as almost anyone who’s watched a loved one die of a terminal illness would know.
This is what I liked: That Charlie Swann now has love and companionship. The beginning of the credits when they showed the names of the actors along with their images including those from the previous films. That Bella the Vampire is way more likable than she was as that annoying wishy-washy human. And the way they show that Renesme communicates differently. O.K., she isn’t human but there are many different ways humans communicate even though some ways are validated and valued more.
It was an extremely busy week and the bit of time I spent in the theater got me far away from everything which is something I expect from a film even though I might barely recall it a month later.