Twilight hype is at its highest again, which means it’s time for a review. Nina and Hayden bring you a dual review of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1.
At last, the army of die-hard Twilight fans were rewarded for their long wait on November 18th, as Breaking Dawn Part 1 premiered at midnight on the big screens across the country. I had the opportunity to be in the middle of it all, as the movie theater eventually filled with Twilight fans of all ages and the level of excitement was rising by the second. After the endless chain of previews (The Hunger Games earned a serious round of applause) the auditorium finally grew dark, drawing some happy squealing from the audience.
Directed by Bill Condon, this installment features some of the pivotal moments all the fans were dying to see – like the wedding of Edward and Bella, the honeymoon, and Bella’s pregnancy. The wedding is visually beautiful but has some pretty awkward acting from both Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. The problem is that the awkwardness never really goes away, even though I found Kristen Stewart’s acting somewhat improved from all the previous installments.
It’s been increasingly hard to take the Twilight movies seriously, but I must admit, Breaking Dawn Part 1 outdid all the previous installments in the too-cheesy-not-to-laugh department. Still, some parts stood out, like the scene where the members of the wolf pack communicate with each other using their thoughts while in their wolf forms. To me, the only highlights of the movie were scenes featuring Jacob (Taylor Lautner) and the wolf pack, since they seemed to be the most realistic and with the least amount of over-acting. Also, some of the last scenes were done in a great way, with the slightly unnerving last shot of the movie standing out the most.
A must-see for the fans but not really worth it for all those indifferent about the series.
The latest installment in the wildly popular Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn Part 1, turns out to be one of the year’s worst films, plagued by painfully bad acting and poor execution by director Bill Condon. This film will leave most viewers groaning and pleading for the series to end.
Bella Swan and Edward Cullen are preparing to get married. The werewolf, Jacob Black, is angry and heartbroken. But once Edward and Bella actually do get married, things get complicated. Bella gets pregnant on their honeymoon, and it soon becomes evident that the vampire child she is bearing is killing her fast. Edward and Jacob must put aside their differences in order to save Bella and her unborn child.
As in previous Twilight installments, the acting here is pathetic. Kristen Stewart, known to Twihards as Bella Swan, cannot carry a film, which poses a serious problem because she is the protagonist of the series. Any attempt at emotion she makes just comes off as a grimace or a pained expression, an expression I’m sure is shared among audience members while watching her onscreen. Robert Pattinson, who portrays Edward Cullen, does not do any better, and his performance here brings nothing to the film. Taylor Lautner, the teen heartthrob who plays Jacob Black, comes off as downright annoying, which is sad because he is one of the more interesting characters in the franchise.
The first hour of the film is painfully boring, mainly consisting of incessant whining, arguing, and long, drawn out love scenes that ultimately add nothing to the movie. On top of that, the movie is much longer than it needs to be. The second half of the film proves to be much more interesting, with tension building between the werewolves and vampires. While this does not completely save the film, it definitely keeps it from being absolutely unbearable.
While the movie ends strongly and transitions smoothly into next year’s Breaking Dawn: Part 2, it still suffers from an unnecessarily long runtime, terrible acting, and an incredibly slow first hour. Unless you are a diehard Twilight fan, this is a movie you will probably want to skip.
1 out of 5 stars