The TWILIGHT Saga – Breaking Dawn Part 1
With Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Peter Facinelli, Jackson Rathbone, Ashley Greene, Billy Burke, Sarah Clarke, Gil Birmingham
Written by Melissa Rosenberg (based on the novel by Stephenie Meyer)
Directed by Bill Condon
And here we go again.
Like Harry Potter's final installment, Twilight's Breaking Dawn also split its conclusion into two chapters. Like any soap opera worth its salt, at some stage someone has to fall pregnant, the romantic rival pissed off.
Here the three basic acts are drawn out into the opener of Edward and Bella's wedding, then their honeymoon, and finally the baby's arrival.
Falling pregnant at a highly increased rate, the child is threatening Bella's life, and Jacob again threatens Edward's because he put her in that position. Their initial happiness is crushed because of the life-threatening pregnancy, shadowed by Jacob's continued disapproval and anger. The wolf pack also stand together to destroy the new abomination.
While indirectly relaying a positive no-sex-before-marriage message, it inadvertently nullifies it with pro-vampire sex (and in effect necrophilia!) that could lead to your body being destroyed by vamp-spawn.
Some of the particularly stupid scenes include the wolves talking to each other like a Disney movie, and the whole glitter-in-the-sunlight thing seems to have been forgotten... and during some scenes the characters' whispering drops to a level where you have to keep pushing the volume. Bad news for the supporting cast is that here they get little screen-time with focus squarely on Bella's declining state, Edward's moping and Jacob's anger. Bella's emaciated, anorexic look however, is very well executed.
By far the most laborious of the series, but with rabid fans highly invested in these characters, they will be fully absorbed into the situation, having waited years for the two leads to get it on (!).
Extra feature consists of a commentary track.
3 / C
- Paul Blom