The story begins with the wedding of Bella and Edward. Families and friends from both sides join in, which makes for a few laughs and appearances of some characters from previous films. The film quickly jumps to the honeymoon, where the long awaited PG-13 sex scene with a still-human Bella and her vamp takes place. I’ll have to again admire the message the Twilight stories sends, as I have in my Eclipse review, in regards to it’s depiction of abstinence until marriage. I’m not one for preachiness in films, so I can safely say they pull of this moral aspect with admirable quality.
The remainder of the film deals with Bella’s pregnancy and the toll it takes on her life. Back in Forks, the Cullens face new threats by the wolfpack when they hear of the pregnancy. There’s a lot of drama, a few chase scenes, but not much more. Every now and then Bella’s progressively grotesque appearance will get your attention, and a few sequences revolving around her might make you cringe, but there isn’t much more excitement. If you weren’t expecting that, you probably aren’t familiar with Twilight.
Not to restate the obvious, but there is clearly an audience for these films which can be simplified into those who love the books, and those who have no desire to read the books. Sure, there are a few in between that just love a good fairy-tale-esque fantasy romance with a few bits of action that haven’t read the books, or those book purists that despise any movie rendition, but lets talk about the big picture. Fans will likely find a lot to love with the movie because of their familiarity with its characters and events. Casual and hardcore film watchers alike who view the story with a foreign perception will find it hard to find any enjoyment with these movies.
I could probably consider myself to fall under the in-between group I mention above. I like a good romance, as I do a good fantasy, and I did enjoy some of this film. However, I felt it was too drawn out, more than likely in attempt to cash in by having the Part 2. At the end I had a feeling of “that’s it?” which isn’t the feeling one should have after a near two-hour movie. I won’t mention much about the cinematography, acting, or other attributes of the film, as you can look at any of my reviews for the previous films and they’ll all pretty much be consistent in those regards. I will just close by saying that if you like theTwilight films, you’ll enjoy this one but feel cheated out in having to wait forPart 2.
==Written by Nicolas ==
==From: Critic Nic (www.criticnic.com)==
Bella has agreed to marry Edward. As the movie begins, the wedding is approaching. Jacob is none too happy, but he is trying to cope with the news regardless. Though seemingly hesitant, the two follow through on their commitment and while on their honeymoon on a remote island off the shore of Rio de Janeiro, Edward impregnates Bella. Because it’s not a normal human child, she immediately begins showing signs of pregnancy, but she can’t nourish it or herself. It begins to kill her. Back home, they are stuck in Edward’s house with his family. The alpha male in Jacob’s group has learned of Bella’s pregnancy and plans on killing her and the vampire baby, but Jacob refuses to let Bella die and reluctantly joins forces with Edward to protect her.
As one reviewer in the UK suggested, Breaking Dawn Part 1 delivers on the drama and emotional highs we’ve come to expect from the series. In a sense, he’s right, if by drama he means melodrama and the emotion he’s talking about is laughter. With a human/vampire/werewolf love triangle, a half human-half vampire baby and a plot turn that can only be described as bestiality mixed with pedophilia, this is nothing more than a freak show narrative and one can’t help but laugh it. The movie takes itself so seriously, but the soapy acting and stone cold delivery of overly simplistic dialogue is contradictory to its desired tone, managing to provide more laughs a minute than any comedy to be released this year.
In a way, it’s almost kind of enjoyable—laughing is always fun—and those laughs are heightened by downright terrible acting from everyone involved. Pattinson, through movies like Remember Me and Water for Elephants, has proven that he has acting chops, but a performance is only as good as its material and he has nothing to work with here. Lautner, on the other hand, has never proven himself and only strengthens the argument that he’s one of the worst actors working today. He has a pretty face, tight abs, a gorgeous smile and close to no talent. In September’s incompetent thriller, Abduction, he walked into scenes so awkwardly, it looked like he was in the middle of a battle with a particularly itchy hemorrhoid. The same can be said here.
Watching Breaking Dawn Part 1 is like a reminder of what it was like back in grade school. It only alludes to difficult subject matters (despite an explicit romance scene), treating sex the same way a 12 year old boy treats a dirty word, as if the utterance of the word would make the romantically immature characters snicker. It wants to be grown up, but it’s too embarrassed to even say “sex,” much less explore it in a thoughtful manner. This is a movie that literally has nothing going for it and its abrupt ending brought on by the story being split into two parts, similar to the way the last Harry Potter films were handled, only adds to the frustration. Just like Harry Potter, this doesn’t provide a climax, but the difference is that Harry Potter gave us something to care about and look forward to. The ending of Breaking Dawn Part 1 serves only as a depressing reminder that a Part 2 is on the way.
Breaking Dawn Part 1 receives 0/5
==Written by Josh Hylton ==
==From: Josh Hylton Movies (www.joshhylton.com)==
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