The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1

(2011)

The penultimate chapter in the Twilight saga which sees Edward (Robert Pattinson) and Bella (Kristen Stewart) finally tie the knot. While Stephenie Meyer’s Breaking Dawn book was the last in the series, it's been split into two parts for the movies - this is the first.

After their secluded honeymoon off the coast of Brazil, the newlyweds find turmoil in the form of an unexpected pregnancy. The half-human half-vampire grows at an alarming rate, with the birth threatening to end Bella’s life. Fearing the worse for their people, The Quileute and The Volturi seek to destroy the unborn being. Meanwhile, the pregnancy brings an unexpected development for Jacob (Taylor Lautner)...

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Aside from the fact that the fourth instalment in the Twilight film series sounds like a description of flatulence, Breaking Dawn is the worst Twilight film to date. The story is weak, the script embarrassing and the action, when there is any, completely silly. Twilight has never been the most high-brow phenomenon but what the first three films had in spades – erotic tension – falls as limp as a cold vampire appendage.... More

It’s not entirely the fault of the filmmakers, who want to remain faithful to Stephenie Meyer’s source material. Of course fans want to see Bella and Edward get married and then get down to the business of what people are expected to do on their wedding night (Bella, should you really be shaving your legs now?). But spending a third of the movie on honeymoon with the newly consummated couple is about as exciting as watching a game of chess. Guess what else they do on honeymoon? They play chess.

The fallout from this dreamy act, which has the same effect as Mulder and Scully getting it on, is the prospect of a vampire baby who may or may not slowly kill Bella from the inside. Note the word ‘slowly’. There’s little else in the drawn-out finale to explore here, other than Jacob’s obvious disgust and his loyalty to Bella which puts him at odds with his wolverine family.

It’s not entirely without merit. There are funny wedding speeches, a couple of sexy bits, blood smoothies and a climax reminiscent of Alien. But where the original films made up for their shortfalls with edgy cinematography, Bill Condon’s direction is as flat as the plot. Hurry up and get to the final film would you? This one’s a bit whiffy.Hide


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BY BigDave nobody

I have to say out of the other episodes this film has brought forth this was by far the most slowly paced.. I wouldn't say I am a fan of the series but the were watchable.. this movie was so ponderous, that I wondered if they would ever get to the end or depict something happening at all..


BY IMHO nobody

A movie very rarely matches up to the book it is based on, and this holds for Breaking Dawn Part 1. The wedding was quite lovely, the birth was very messy and the wolf/vampire fight near the end was, I think, one of the highlights. The wolves "talking" didn't really work and some of the lines were pretty naff. I'm not sure if portrayal of the "change" process really worked unless you had some idea of how the book described it, but then again I have yet to come up with a... More better way of showing it.

I was a little surprised that they split the book where they did - I thought it would have gone on a bit further as there is a natural break a couple of chapters further on in the book, however leaving it where they did does provide a good start for the next movie.

Overall, it was okay. It is not my favourite of the Twilight movies to date. I will watch it again, but quite possibly not until it comes out on DVD. I am very keen to see what they do with Part 2 though. Roll on Nov 2012!Hide


BY foxygirl nobody

I enjoyed this edition of the Twilight saga, it was close to the book version, considering how much detail there was in the book. When it came to the end though, I thought that it didnt seem long enough. There seemed to be a big lead up, then - the end. But I guess they have to leave something for next time. I look forward to the next movie, but will be sorry to see the series end.


BY CSBright superstar

best twilight yet awsome i loved it


BY muzazmum nobody

i thought this movie was great - i wasn't expecting much given the reviews but then i thought when have they given any of the twilight saga a good review? Yeah initially i thought not much of a story you know they get married, have a honeymoon and then have a baby - not so exciting on paper but i think they did well with the material (i'm sure the author ever intended her story to be split into two parts). I thought the filmind was good, yeah the talking wolves were a bit weird and so was... More morphing that child's face onto the baby. But i thought rob pattinson and kristen stewart were very good and convincing. I really really really liked the part at the beginning when edward had red eyes - thought they could have developed that backstory more, but on the whole a great movie. Yahoo can't wait till the next!Hide


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The Press Reviews

24% of critics recommend.
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  • It may be impossible for anyone but existing fans to take this seriously, but for the unconverted, it's still a legitimately engaging, gape-worthy nutso spectacle. Full Review

  • Absorbing, if somewhat slow-paced, and has without doubt the most blood-curdling scene of live childbirth in a PG-13 movie. Full Review

  • The acting's better than it's ever been, but with the best will in the world, this can't get past the fact that the story's demented. Full Review

  • The film is like a crab cake with three or four bits of crab surrounded by loads of bland stuffing... Full Review

  • The latest and best of the movies about a girl, her vampire and their impossible, ridiculously appealing - yes, I surrendered - love story. Full Review

  • Flat performances, dodgy plotting and rubbish talking wolves aside, this is a weirdly grim addition to the supposedly tween-friendly franchise, less fairy tale than misjudged horror show. Full Review

  • Disappointing that a story so pregnant with dramatic possibilities should wind up feeling like such an unconsummated opportunity. Full Review

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