I am **so grateful** I didn't read any spoilers at all. I followed Obava's lead and kept my purity ring on. I'm so glad I did since I can't remember ever being so emotionally stunned in a movie as when I saw Aro holding up Carlisle's head. I thought 'Stephenie's getting her wish', as she mentioned in her rant after MS was leaked, and some of the Cullens will be killed off. I then started thinking, "but Esme can't live without Carlisle!" I was doubly horrified for Alice when Jasper bit it. Everything was happening so fast and I was feeling so awful, I never stopped to think, 'this is a vision'. (I had loathed the end of PotC3 when Will & Elizabeth were separated and thought 'it's happening again!') I sat in horror watching character after character getting killed. It never occurred to me it was a vision since Alice had removed her hand from Aro's before she donkey-kicked his ass across the field, which started it all.
For the first time in the series, I saw the movie twice in one day. I watched it alone for the first time yesterday morning but called Mr. Seattle as soon as the movie was over, asking him to not read anything on FB so he'd miss spoilers. I immediately bought tix for last night and brought him that time. Obava had told me it was going to be a snot fest so I had tissues in hand the first time around and teared up at the ending when they showed the whole cast. When Mr. Seattle was with me, I watched him cry at the end, literally wiping tears away when he saw Alice's vision of grown up Renesmee hugging Bella. When they showed the pages turning, I started bawling like a baby. Hubby put his arms around me and squeezed me tight. I'm sure everyone behind us found it weird that this (not quite?) middle aged couple was crying over all this.
I'm sad for you guys who read spoilers. That was such an amazing epic twist that played very well to both sides, while keeping true to the book. I didn't feel it was a cop out at all. Instead I thought Michael Sheen did a great job expressing his fear of dying and quieting Caius from instigating the fight. Also, during the vision, I LOVED Marcus' quiet, peaceful "finally", as he spread his arms wide before being ripped apart. I always felt sympathy for his sad character. (hmmm....did I keep Marcus and Caius' names straight?
From the beginning all the novels and the movies have been such an emotional rollercoaster for me and to have Summit play that awesome trick, just kept the rollercoaster going right up to the end. I had wondered what the twist might be at the end and told Mr. Seattle it would be cool to see Stephenie typing away at the last pages of the book and I got my wish with the turning of the pages of the novel, and highlighting "forever". I felt it was one last love letter to the fans who fueled this whole thing and I was immensely grateful. I plan to see it a few more times and as usual, I'll watch in on my birthday next month.
And yes, Aro's fantastically crazy clown laugh had me cracking up loudly, in an otherwise quiet theater. And GARRETT??? Oh YUM! Please make a spin off movie with him!