The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn (part 1)
- Starring: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner
- Directed by: Bill Condon
- Synopsis: In the highly anticipated next chapter of the blockbuster ‘The Twilight Saga’, the newfound married bliss of Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) is cut short when a series of betrayals and misfortunes threatens to destroy their world.
The fourth film of the series, Breaking Dawn (pt 1) continues the story where the previous films left off. With a teenage girl high on emotions and rushing to be married, yet still not certain of her feelings between the pale immortal boy and the angry wolf boy! (Okay, I jest, but that’s not too far from accurate!)
*For those that read my page regularly, you already know my distaste for the would-be acting of Kristen Stewart and her open-mouthed, wide-eyed stare! I will, however, attempt to put that aside for this review! 😉
First of all, if you are not a Twilight fan…and if you haven’t read the book…then this film is definitely not for you! That is evident in the very slow-paced and boring first hour of the film. Twi-hards and Wolf-boys will undoubtedly appreciate the direction the film takes to slowly take in the moments that they have waited for through the previous films, but the pace and the story itself does absolutely nothing to grab audiences other than the faithful readers of the novels.
Interestingly enough, it was the most boring wedding scene in a film that drew zero emotional attachment and care from this movie goer. (I tried to buy into the beautiful ceremony, but there was nothing there. Heartless? hmm. Call it what you will…I call it a Snoozefest and a Laughterfest)!
SNOOZEFEST– Aside from a yawn of a wedding, laughable honeymoon/lovescene, and subsequent pregnancy, the other boring portions of this film:
- Bella’s continued
innocentteasing of Jacob.
- Explanation of certain things, i.e. raised animosity between Jacob and Rosalie.
- Any believable acting (incessant lashing out of Jacob, Edward’s passiveness/moodiness, Bella’s baby-delivering, Bella’s dad).
- Tease at action, but very little.
- Vampires fighting Werewolves = No BLOOD afterwards???!! How is that?!
LAUGHTERFEST– Some moments of laughter for myself in this film:
- Jacob losing his shirt within the very first 10 seconds of the movie.
- Reference to Jasper’s indiscretion in Eclipse
- Jacob telling Bella that she looks “Terrible.”
- How all the Cullens seem to have nothing else to do but stand in the same room together staring at Bella in every scene.
- CGI of the werewolves.
- Bella’s lopside-headed baby=strangest (& possibly ugliest) baby I ever saw! 😉 jk
Okay, okay, I will stop at this point. You get where I’m going with this. The film really IS made for those that read the books and can have an appreciation of all it is trying to do, while, at the same time, be willing to overlook such things as the list I made. It is part of the reason the film maintained the #1 spot for 2 weekends in a row so far and just hit $500M worldwide (with a budget of $110M)…IMPRESSIVE!
So much still remained unexplained or tossed to the wind in considering that true fans would already know what was going on. The film sacrifices better substance for an hour’s worth of hopeful emotional moments, love songs, and PG rated honeymoon scenes of swimming, playing chess, and baby-making.
I must say, that one of the strengths of this series is actor/character continuation! With the exception of 1 character in Eclipse (Victoria), all of the characters continue to be portrayed by the same actor. This must be commended and adds great strength to a series. (It is part of the reason I enjoy the Underworld series).
Thanks for reading!
Enjoy if you wish…or don’t enjoy! Happy Watching!
–TheSp1der’s Score: 1 out of 5 stars for “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn (pt 1)”