The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1
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The highly anticipated fourth instalment of The Twilight Saga, directed by Academy Award winner Bill Condon, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 reveals the mysteries of this romantic epic that has entranced millions.
In The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 , Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson), plus those they love, must deal with the chain of consequences brought on by a marriage, honeymoon, and the tumultuous birth of a child... which brings an unforeseen and shocking development for Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner).
With more of the romance, passion, intrigue and action that made Twilight, The Twilight Saga: New Moon and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse worldwide blockbusters, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1, based on Stephenie Meyer's bestselling book series, begins the conclusion of the tale of vampire love, boundless friendship, acceptance, and finding your true self.
Actors Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Dakota Fanning, Ashley Greene, Jackson Rathbone, Anna Kendrick, Nikki Reed, Kellan Lutz, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Billy Burke, Christian Serratos, Rami Malek & Sarah ClarkeDirector Bill CondonCertificate 12 years and overYear 2011Languages English
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 delivers strongly for the rabid fan base who have catapulted the young adult novel series and subsequent movie adaptations to the worldwide phenomenon that it's become, but it alienates a broader audience with a lack of any real action. Similar to the tone of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, the first film of the two-part Twilight conclusion is heavy on romance, love, and turmoil but light on fight scenes and gruesome battles. The movie doesn't waste any time getting to the goods and opens with Bella and Edward's much-hyped wedding scene. It works--the vows are efficient and first-time franchise director Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) moves the party along quickly and amusingly with a well-edited toast scene and some surprisingly moving moments between Bella and her father, cast standout Billy Burke. The honeymoon plays as a slightly awkward soft-focus made-for-TV movie, with a lot of long moments spent staring in the mirror and some love scenes that feel at once overly intimate and completely passionless. It's a relief when Bella retches on a bite of chicken she's cooked herself and quickly concludes she's pregnant with a potentially demonic baby. From bliss to horror, the Cullens return to Forks, where Bella spends the second half of the movie wasting away and Edward and Jacob are aligned in their anger and frustration over her decision. Throw in some over-the-top scenes with Jacob and his pack--including a strange showdown where the wolves communicate in their canine form by having a passionate nonverbal fight in their minds (a plot point that works much better in print, it's portrayed in the film via aggressive voice-over)--and the film overshoots intensity and goes straight to silly. The birth scene is horrific, but not as gruesome as in the book, and by the end, Bella has of course survived, though is much altered. The final scene features a delightfully campy Michael Sheen as Volturi leader Aro and makes it clear that the action and fun in Breaking Dawn, Part 1 is ready to start. Fans will just have to wait until Part 2 to get it. --Kira Canny
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It is beautifully shot, with an obviously huge budget (with all the dream sequences and CGI), but incredibly slow. And I can enjoy a subtle, slowly developing plot, but the emotions here are all openly stated - there is no subtext beneath the evident.
Basically we spend a quarter of the film watching a girl prepare for her wedding, another quarter on an idyllic honeymoon, before there is any plot development at all.
Then we watch, very slowly, a young woman dying because the pregnancy is killing her but she wants to carry her baby to term, despite the opposition of those closest to her. This latter half is a dilemma that does sadly occur in real life, and has been the subject of several "Illness of the week" films. But here the dilemma is not explored, we just watch the CGI effects.
If you love these characters so much that you want to watch every minutiae of their lives, then this is very beautifully shot. But as a normal sequel to the the earlier films, then there is far too little in this one. It could reasonably have been covered in 20 minutes. And definitely do not start this film without seeing the previous ones: it depends entirely on the audience bonding with the characters in the the previous ones.
As the fourth movie in the quintet, this one got a bit of a critical so-so rating at the time of release, but I think - regarded as part of the cycle - it does it`s job in advancing the narrative very well; I don`t think there is any need for analysis given the overall success most people would concede the movie-version saga to be.
The DVD release provides a good sharp transfer with subtitles in English and a couple of extras – a director`s commentary and some premiere night footage.
A decent film in the series and required viewing as part of the Twilight saga.
Not going to say much about the cast, as enough has already been written elsewhere about the acting skills, or lack thereof, of this collection of actors. I like Robert Pattinson as an actor, though, which helps.
It looks beautiful, it has flashes of humour which made me laugh out loud at the cinema and the more graphic scenes in the book are handled well and effectively. SPOILER ALERT: The transformation scene was, I thought, particularly well done and the special effects spot-on.
Was a bit disappointed with the soundtrack, as the first three films have outstanding music; the collection of songs used in part 4 isn't to my taste, but the score is, as ever, evocative and beautiful. Using themes from the first three films, woven into the new melodies, links the four films together extremely well.
All together, a reasonable addition to the collection, and the final scenes whetted my appetite for Breaking Dawn 2.
Very very slow to get going and when it does nothing much happens, nowhere near enough emphasis on why Bella is suffering so much and not enough time was spent on her turning moments.
The special effects as expected were great especially the ones when Bella is pregnant but having been a huge fan of the Twilight saga since the first book was released I was left really disappointed with this film, also the vampire characters are not getting better looking but worse looking with every film that is released, seriously look back at all the characters in the first film then look at this one??? What is going on!!! I understand they are aging in reality but come on!
I wouldn't recommend this film but if you like me have bought the others then yeah get it, at least your collection won't look out of place with one missing.