‘Breaking Dawn Part I’ is a dud
In looking back over my reviews of previous movies in the Twilight series, a pattern emerged. I liked the first film, Twilight. but was disappointed by the bland sequel New Moon. Eclipse was next and was my favorite film of the series, bringing tons of action as well as emotional depth to the story.
So it has been good, bad, good ... and, unfortunately, the pattern continues as Breaking Dawn, Part I, despite the vampire wedding of the year, is hands down the worst film in the series to date. It is mostly tedious and toothless and feels at numerous moments more like a Saturday Night Live spoof that a proper continuation of the series.
Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson) get married, but not before Bella has a really bad dream about her upcoming nuptials. The wedding comes off without a hitch — although with a bit of werewolf tension around the edges, then it’s off to Rio and a beautiful romantic island honeymoon.
For Twilight fans, the consummation of the honeymoon has been a highly anticipated cinematic moment that was carefully crafted to retain the coveted PG-13 rating.
However, the honeymoon bliss is short circuited by Edward’s continued reluctance to turn his ladylove into a bloodsucker and by Bella’s sudden abdominal pain. Bella is carrying a fetus, but is it a child to be loved or Rosemary’s Baby?
The whole demon child plot could have been interesting, but in the hands of the usually competent Bill Condon with a perhaps unredeemable screenplay by Melissa Rosenberg, it lands with a thud. Mostly everybody is sitting around waiting for the baby/demon to be born while the Cullens keep an eye out for the werewolf clan waiting to pounce when the moment is right.
What we have is no action, bad line readings of terrible dialogue and a series of cringe-worthy moments that evoke laughter, in particular when Jacob (Taylor Lautner) makes eye contact with the new baby.
Twihards, don’t rip my head off for saying this, but I enjoyed your reaction to the final Twilight movie, Breaking Dawn, Part II more than the actual movie, although it was a major improvement over the SNL spoof that was Breaking Dawn Part I.
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