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Published on November 18th, 2011 | by Kelly Sater


Movie Review: ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1′

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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 is the best film of the series, but is it enough to get Twi-hard fans to the end?

Spoiler Alert

Breaking Dawn, Part 1 marks the beginning of the end Twi-hard fans. The film is the best so far in the series. They successfully captured Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward’s (Robert Pattinson) love, but with small missteps and a questionable pregnancy it lost steam.

The moment fans have been anxiously waiting for was the wedding of Bella and Edward. The gorgeous and over the top ceremony was one even a Kardashian could envy. The nuptials were romantic and sweet. Bella’s dress was a beautiful long sleeved lace-detailed gown that got well-deserved screen time. The speech portion was light hearted and entertaining with Jessica (Anna Kendircks) stealing the show. She referred to Edward as “the hair”. She may have been poking fun of the actor more than the character.

Bella and Edward’s honeymoon on Isle Esme was just as beautiful and romantic as the ceremony. Their first time together was sweet. Even though Edward broke the bed with his desire, the love scene was not too over the top and they managed to capture the sweetness of their relationship.

All seemed to be going well in Twilight land until the unbelievable and almost laughable pregnancy. When reading the book it is easy to get swept away by the story and not question a 14-day-old fetus that kicks. However, in the film it was hard to suspend ones disbelief.

What Worked:
The special effects were much more successful in Breaking Dawn than in the past. The wolves looked more like animals than cartoon characters and the special effects make-up helped to make Bella look emaciated and sickly. The acting was also much better. Bella and Edward seemed more natural together, which is a far cry from their past interactions filled with forced longing sighs. Stewart and Pattinson’s off-screen relationship seemed to help the film. Another aspect of the movie that worked was the way it conveyed abstract ideas like “imprinting”. The birthing scene was also successful. It may have been intense and almost science fiction, but no one could rip their eyes from the screen.

What Fell Short:
The wolf pack left something to be desired in this installment. Their human interactions were filled with angry scowls and their interactions as wolves just sounded like they were barking at one another. The over the top score in the background didn’t help. Twilight movies are known for their angst filled soundtracks but the original music just felt loud and out of place. It was fighting the scene rather than complementing it.

One specific issue with Breaking Dawn was the fact that it broke the book into two movies. The book would have been too long to make into one movie but it was not enough to make two. Therefore, Part 1 suffered. The creative team forced small issues into larger epic moments to give the movie more conflict. The script also did not foreshadow anything in regards to Part 2. That would not be so bad if Part 2 was coming out in three or six months, but it will be a full year until the final installment.

Breaking Dawn was the best Twilight film so far. If it weren’t for the small issues that took the viewer out of the moment it would have been much better. This is a good starting off point for the final installment – with some of the best action yet to come. Too bad it’s going to be a long year.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner
Directed by: Bill Condon
Writers: Melissa Rosenberg (screenplay), Stephenie Meyer (novel)
Studio: Summit Entertainment
Release Date: November 18, 2011


6.5 / 10

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