The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part One

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Wed Nov 16 2011

So, the time has come: vampire Edward (Robert Pattinson) can finally take the virtue of human bride Bella (Kristen Stewart). And yes, the first in the final two-parter is all about sex: about the risky wedding night and the subsequent pregnancy that puts Bella’s life in danger, pitting werewolves against vampires in the process.

But before that, something much nicer happens: Bella and Edward smile. A lot. The usually doleful duo marry in an idyllic ceremony in the woods, her stunning dress likely to spawn as many imitators as Kate Middleton’s. Family and friends gather to celebrate and Anna Kendrick gets a chance to make her usual wisecracks (‘Who else gets married at 18?’, muses her cynical character Jessica, convinced the bride is pregnant). This marriage is the moment romantic Twi-hards have been waiting for and they’re well served.

The Brazilian honeymoon’s equally decorative and, of course, features another key moment: the consummation. As they embrace in the sea under the moonlight (naked!) there’s undeniable chemistry between the real-life couple. But the bedroom scenes border on the ridiculous as Edward grips the headboard, breaking the bed with his super-vampire strength. Bella’s insistence that she doesn’t mind the bruises is downright masochistic.

Events from here revolve around the baby that’s crushing Bella from the inside: a dark plotline that leads to much melodrama but also the franchise’s most suspenseful scenes. Even if you know the outcome, it’s gripping stuff and Stewart sure is good at looking life-threateningly ill. There are tender moments between the expectant parents and the character of lovesick Jacob still adds interest, despite Taylor Lautner’s limited range.

Blending serious fantasy-drama themes with soapy dialogue, cartoony-looking vampires and wolves whose thoughts we can hear, this remains a strange hybrid of genres. But as ever, it’s hard to separate the films from the fandom. As a stand-alone movie it’s a mixed bag. But it progresses the story of beloved characters with a reverence for the source material that will doubtlessly please Twi-hards, ushering in a finale that promises to be darker still.
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Fri Nov 18, 2011

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117 mins

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Grow up

If you like this film you seriously need to take a look at yourself and grow up.

John

The ultimate CHICK FLICK. To be avoided. Spent 3/4 of the film wonderin what it was all about. Go see something else unless you're with a girl.

kym

absolutely fantastic!!! love the books and iv loved the movies although i did find eclipse a bit of a let down , this movie is everything us twihards have been waiting for ,ive seen this movie 21 times and im off to see it again for the 22nd , id recommend this film to all fans of twilight and girls who like a bit of romance , pure escapisim .

kym

absolutely fantastic!!! love the books and iv loved the movies although i did find eclipse a bit of a let down , this movie is everything us twihards have been waiting for ,ive seen this movie 21 times and im off to see it again for the 22nd , id recommend this film to all fans of twilight and girls who like a bit of romance , pure escapisim .

Never mind

This film looks like wickead don and don chick film by all the comments mentioned actually might watch it today cause its a bad man film cool and its my birthday im 12th aswell is that to young!

Never mind

This film looks like wickead don and don chick film by all the comments mentioned actually might watch it today cause its a bad man film cool and its my birthday im 12th aswell is that to young!

silly but enjoyed it

Actually quite enjoyed this, despite the ridiculously cheesey dialogue, and Kristen Stewart's one facial expression. Taylor Lautner was fine, and it was Pattinson who made me cringe this time around. I used to think he was pouting because of his fangs, but he didn't seem to have fangs and he was still pouting. The vampires were a bit disappointing, but the wolves were fun. It was a bit silly, but enjoyable.

moema

very poor film,not much going on, boring,... so sad because I really liked the ones before. If wants for my daughter I would never go.

peter

i loved this film i think everyone should go and see it it is amazing !!!! i would go and see it over and over again if i could but i am not made of money i cant wait for part 2 is all i can say !!!!!!1

peter

i loved this film i think everyone should go and see it it is amazing !!!! i would go and see it over and over again if i could but i am not made of money i cant wait for part 2 is all i can say !!!!!!1

isabella

this is an amzing film its a bit rude in some parts but it is amazing i loved it and if you twilight mad fans are wondering whether to see it or not deffinetaly go its truly fabolous !!!!!!!!!!!! xx

isabella

this is an amzing film its a bit rude in some parts but it is amazing i loved it and if you twilight mad fans are wondering whether to see it or not deffinetaly go its truly fabolous !!!!!!!!!!!! xx

jordan

wow the film was amazing and would pay to watch this ver and over again :)

jordan

wow the film was amazing and would pay to watch this ver and over again :)

Paul

Made for teen girls rather than adults, and close to the plot lines in the original book. Be sure not to leave during the credits as some surprise film comes at the end to set up Partt 2. Grist for teen girls, cheese for adults

Evie

Being a closet Twilight fan i saw the first three films twice in the cinema but this is the first one I really don't want to see again. It lacks excitement and humour and there's too many characters. If the series was ever going to drop the ball it was going to be on this part of the story. Twihards should maybe lower their expectations and be prepared for some mouth gapingly bizarre scenes in the second half. It hasn't deterred me from wanting to see the final film as the leads are still likeable but I hope to god its better than this

Ian

Its the sound of barrels being scraped. Surely the most cynical piece of marketing rip offs ever as the Twilight "franchise" desperately seeks another dip into the purses of angst riddent teenage girls by stretching what could easily be covered in one film into two marketing and sales opportunities. The film is very slow and very little happens and what does is mixed with over stretched filler scenes to desperately try to pad out what is little more than a 45 minute film into something more than twice as long so to leave enough for a second installment next year. The film can be summed up as follows. Edward and Bella are to get married. Jake is moody takes his top off for no apparent reason. First box ticked. Bella doesn't like the glam wedding shoes and prefers her emo trainers. Second box ticked for all moody emo girls as it shows you can be miserable, never smile and generally be sulky and still get the rich good looking guy. They get married in an incedibly over the top forest scene. All the time moody nightmares pad out the flimsy plot to fill time. They go on honeymoon to Rio. Yet more padding of time. Over long gratuitous shots of Pattison in very little. Another box ticked. You get the story, or what little there is of it. It really is that dull. A true example of style over substance.