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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BY Rebecca-Barry Flicks Writer
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
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 muzazmum nobody
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