Summit Entertainment just announced the playlist on the soundtrack for “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1” movie. The number one fan response on the movie’s Facebook page is, “What! No Muse?” Moviegoers like me who have read Stephenie Meyer’s final book in the “Twilight” series probably understand why the movie of “Breaking Dawn” part 1 doesn’t have any Muse songs in it. Let me explain.
Muse is a power band. Their music is perfect for the baseball scene in “Twilight” because it is all about vampire power: how vampires need thunder to cover up the loud cracking sounds they make when they hit baseballs. It celebrates how high vampires can jump and how fast vampires can run. Stephenie Meyer herself says in the outtakes on the “Twilight” CD that Muse set the perfect mood for her to write this scene and so she was thrilled they agreed to be in the “Twilight” soundtrack.
Part 1 of Breaking Dawn is not about vampire power. It is about a wedding and a honeymoon — and human frailty. If you have not read the book and you don’t want to spoil the movie, then you should stop reading right now.
Director Bill Condon has leaked already that this next “Twilight” movie turns into a horror film. Those of us who have read the book know why. “Breaking Dawn” is about how dangerous it is for human Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) to be married to vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson). The primary danger is not that Edward will drink Bella’s blood. It is that Edward will lose control and crush Bella, much as in the old joke about Superman crushing Lois Lane.
At least, Edward thinks crushing Bella is the primary danger. He agonizes over it until about a week after Edward and Bella consummate their marriage, when it becomes clear that Bella has conceived a half-vampire baby, Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy, but she doesn’t appear until part 2). Edward is so afraid his vampire spawn is going to kill his wife that he becomes desperate, but selfless Bella wants to keep the baby. Therein lies the conflict in this movie.
The first half of the novel, “Breaking Dawn,” is about how tragic Edward and Bella’s love is. It’s about desperation and loss and heartbreak. It’s about a possible war between the wolf pack and the vampires, because the wolf pack fear Bella and Edward’s vampire spawn. It’s about Jacob choosing between his ties to the pack and his love for Bella. It’s about the agony of Edward’s part in his wife’s impending death.
A power band like Muse just does not set the right mood for the horror movie that ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1’ morphs into. Here are the songs on the soundtrack:
1. “Endtapes” by The Joy Formidable
2. “Love Will Take You” by Angus & Julia Stone
3. “It Will Rain” by Bruno Mars
4. “Turning Page” by Sleeping at Last
5. “From Now On” by The Features
6. “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri
7. “Neighbors” by Theophilus London
8. “I Didn’t Mean It” by Teh Belle Brigade
9. “Sister Rosetta” by Noisettes
10. “Northern Lights” by Cider Sky
11. The Wedding Version of “Flightless Bird, American Mouth” by Iron & Wine
12. “Requiem on Water” by Imperial Mammoth
13. “Cold” by Aqualung & Lucy Schwartz
14. “Llovera” by Mia Maestro
15. “Love Death Birth” by Carter Burwell