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

Strictly for Twi-hard fans! 

[Rating: 3.5]     

Director: Bill Condon 

Cast & Crew: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Dakota Fanning, Taylor Lautner, Ashley Greene, Michael Sheen, Jackson Rathbone

Writer: Stephenie Meyer, Melissa Rosenberg

Synopsis: Based on the novel written by Stephenie Meyer who has created incredible characters, the movie The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn (Part – 1) is a great story. The movie follows the events of the previous movie where Bella and Edward Cullen get married, leaving behind a heartbroken Jacob. When Bella faces an unexpected situation, she does what it takes to undergo the ultimate transformation and fight the final battle to save her love. This part of the movie shows the completion of Bella and Edward`s incomplete relationship, with their incredible love followed by their wedding. It has also captured some spectacular moments shared by a couple where Bella gives birth to their baby. Directed by Bill Condon and screenplayed by Melissa Rosenberg the movie is a blend of amazing emotions and expressions with a powerful starcast which will be an absolute treat to watch.


“I know how this ends,” Jacob (Taylor Lautner) snaps at Bella (Kristen Stewart) in the gory romantic-vampire themed penultimate movie, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part  1”, “and I’m not sticking around to watch!”.   

Twi-hard fans will sternly disagree. It’s no wonder then that Hollywood prefers two-part films of their worshiped novels, though both parts being incomplete in their individual standing. The first does the heavy lifting of introducing new characters, new conflicts and subplots; and just when you reach the climax… see you next year! Whether its bloodsuckers or English wizards, diehard fans are ever willing to lap up every detail of their beloved characters come to life.   

And this movie dishes out exactly what the fans ordered. Drool! The opening scene has a six-pack ab flexing shirtless Jacob Black, now branded a loser in his pack, take-off on his bike. The next half hour is spent on a resplendent dreamy white wedding with trailing tendrils in the midst of the woods and Bella in a peekaboo lace gown, fantasy come to life. Then there’s the lusty honeymoon action on a remote island off Rio de Janeiro where Bella finally loses her chastity belt to the coy yet traditional Edward. They unite in unholy matrimony (and frankly it’s more creepy than sexy). After all the skinny-dipping and bedpost tearing, Edward recedes his bruising advances to Mrs. Cullen and there’s a long dull period of two honeymoon weeks with insipid background music.       


So far in the series Bella’s beaten, bitten, bruised, driven to suicidal depression and nearly murdered, but the true horror is yet to come. She’s impregnated with a half-human –half-vampire fetus that’s rapidly growing within her. Suddenly it’s clear that loony Bella likes being devoured (on the outside and inside) as she fights with all logic and those around her to prove ‘true love’ by birthing a damnation that threatens her very existence. Instead of the healthy motherly glow she’s flaunts deathly hollow cheeks and is transformed into an emaciated corpse. You feel for Edward as he sulks over not even getting “the choice” and has to stand around every day watching his wife die slowly.  

Of course there are battles with werewolves (appearing of a poorer CGI quality than the previous editions), plenty of blood drinking and excruciatingly gory birth (that may put off many from even normal births) but it’s all as the well-read fan expected. There are plenty of unexpected laughs packed in which breaks the monotony of the soap opera close-ups and the swoony drawn out scenes.             

Although the star cast is good, they aren’t as brilliant as the Potter series entourage. Kristen Stewart sleepwalks through most of the movie. Robert Pattinson is even more dashing and heroic than the previous three editions. Lautner does little besides flexing his pecs and snorting.  

This cliffhanger end leaves one hopeful for the final installment where there’ll be more action.    

You know what it’s about and it’s no surprise. Gruesome madness, just as you read it.    

Avneet Ghai

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  1. shilpa

    November 28, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    thanks for saying something positive and good atleast for robert pattinson.

  2. mac

    December 2, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    still its not boring

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