I fell victim to the Twilight series of books a while back, and therefore feel obligated to see the corresponding films – not to mention the fact that I have a slight teeny-bopper side that actually anticipates these poorly made and acted films. Luckily I can confidently say these movies get better each time a new installment is released. As we all know, Kristen Stewart is probably the worst actress ever – having but one facial expression. Well good news everyone, she actually has some shining moments in this first half of the last book in the Twilight series.
The movie progresses from Bella and Edwards’s extravagant wedding to the honeymoon where they finally, actually have the bed-breaking sex we have all been waiting for. Unfortunately the passion didn’t over shadow its awkwardness. Bella still makes abnormal sounds and it’s just kind of creepy. You can’t help but giggle a bit. It’s just not as realistic as it could have been, but at the same time, I believe it will be well received, especially by younger fans who only fantasize about moments like that.
Nevertheless, the surprise is Bella ends up pregnant, carrying a half-human half-vampire child that is literally killing her from the inside out. Edward and Jacob both struggle with how the baby may end up killing Bella before birth, while Bella who is egged on by Rosalie (Nikki Reed) to continue on with the pregnancy, insists she will at least try and have their baby.
Bella becomes so sick looking it’s disturbing, but she actually performs in this state quite well, given that she does always look somewhat in pain – but at least this time it’s to her advantage.
Other characters also get more time to shine in this movie than ever before. One being Rosalie, who has always yearned for a child herself, who continues to support Bella in her decision to continue on despite the risks. Her role while being somewhat of an antagonist lets her as an actress shine brighter than ever before.
The actual birth scene is dramatic. It’s a true depiction of the book and it’s a lot bloodier than you would have expected.
If I had to change anything, it would be adding more about Jacob into this movie. His adventures in the book are left almost completely out of the film, and they are important points in which shouldn’t have been overlooked. Otherwise, the movie did a pretty good job of representing the book and it definitely was better than the first two movies. Luckily with these films, the more the hype and popularity these films gain, the higher the film budget which results in better movies overall.
Of course there will be haters of this film. No it’s not Oscar worthy and no, no one ever expected it to be. It’s simply a popular book series made into movies for the fans to enjoy and that’s exactly what Breaking Dawn part 1 did. It also sets up perfectly for the final film, leaving you excited for what will become of Bella and Edward and the rest of the Twilight clan.
GIA Rating: 7/10
Run Time: 117 minutes
MPAA Rating: PG-13