Twlight: Breaking Dawn (Part 1) Review

In Movies on November 23, 2011 at 4:38 pm

by:  Immanuel Baldwin

Who says falling in love with a vampire isn’t possible?

The Twilight Saga defies all who would dare think to ask this question. Thankfully, it’s almost over. The Twilight Saga series is coming to an end and all the men across the globe can go back to having normal relationships. A series devoted to the teens and tweens got a major revamp. Those little vampires are back and aren’t so young and adorable anymore. The story thus far is Kirsten Stewart (The Runaways, Adventureland) plays a character named Bella Swan. For reasons discussed in the first film, she had to move to Forks Washington with her dad Charlie Swan played by Billy Burke (Drive Angry, Red Riding Hood) to begin a new, pressure-free life.  In this lonesome hole-in-the-ground town, she falls in love with the perfect guy, Edward Cullen played by Robert Pattinson (Water for Elephants’, Remember Me). She later finds out that he’s a vampire and had been living for many years. To accompany this fairytale of sorts she finds out that all the characters that she read stories about where also not figments of imagination.  The two fall madly in love and plan to be destined to each other.


In the saga’s newest installment Breaking Dawn, the love birds finalize the deal and marry each other. A crowd full of human and vampire guests watch as she and her dad walk down the aisle, and get handed to Edward. The two seal the deal and storm off to their honeymoon. Not Florida, not Alaska, not even Europe; the couple honeymooned in an unknown private island located somewhere off the coast of Brazil. When the two settle into their modern beach oasis, they must cope with being married finally. Needless to say the sexual tension does rise to dangerous levels, as every night ended with the destruction of the bedroom. Literally.  With a few hiccups in the lovemaking process, and Edward’s sensitivity towards Bella’s fragility, they do manage to have a passionate time.  Amongst all of the fun Bella gets unnaturally pregnant and sick.  When they arrive back stateside, the action heats up as the local werewolf tribe led by Sam played by Chaske Spencer (Skins) doesn’t want a little vampire running around. The rivalry heightens and some of the wolf pack breaks off to help Bella pull through. Meanwhile the Cullen’s (Jasper, Alice, Esme, Emmet, Rosalie, and Carlisle) find out that Bella is indeed pregnant with a boy or girl, but point out that she would be dead by the time she was suppose to deliver.  The only way was to kill the baby, which Bella didn’t want to do. She was determined all the way till the end and it ended up taking Bella’s life. Everyone is now scrambled, Bella is dead, and the wolves begin their assault on the outnumbered Cullen family.  Edward no longer has reason to exist and tries to get his venom into Bella; Jacob upset is ready to kill the little girl that Edward and Bella had brought into the world. He instead imprints on her. All this ends with the resurrection of Bella in a new and reformed self. All to be explained in part II of Breaking Dawn.

I’m sure since “Twilight Breaking Dawn” leaped onto Hollywood’s radar, everything has been amplified. The talent performed on a more personal level this time around.  Kristen Stewart infamously known as the actress with no emotion blows up the silver screen. With scorching emotions such as: fear, doubt, happiness, and desire, proving she can show out and is working towards the best of them. Rob Pattinson fits right into his role again as Mr. Perfect, his performance only completing Kristen’s, making the relationship between them seem everlasting.  Taylor Lautner (Abduction, Valintine’s Day), still with much to learn came back as Jacob Black, the hot headed wolf that can’t keep his shirt on. He really is ,in the most basic of forms, the anti-antagonist to Bella’s emotions. This specifically makes the love triangle between Bella, Himself, and Edward a more intense feat.  All the other cast members that they brought in at times didn’t seem as unbalanced as they once did because everyone fits where they should.  It’s super rewarding, for a change.

This may not have been the likely directorial switch for the saga but Director Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, Gods and Monsters) worked with what he had and made something fantastic out of it,starting off with an original R rated concept and going back to “fix it” for all to see. Bill Condon did an excellent job keeping those iconic moments intact, mixing live action with precise visual effects elements. He decoded the writings of Stephanie Meyer and screenplay of Melissa Rosenberg to the tee,  doing it all while keeping that PG-13 rating.Condon knew where he wanted to see the long overdue ending go, and did so without looking back.

Seeing the first Twilight and even the last one, Eclipse, the style has changed dramatically.  As a whole the film is very visual and aesthetically pleasing.  The vivid wedding sequences lightily pursued a warm and embracing feeling. The dramatic and slow fall off kept the audience entangled in a dark story that was no longer about love, but about the conflict and resolve to come. The newly found cinematic design made sure that the camera was always in the heart of situation but keeping an abstract point of view.

Yes, the film has its dork moments, and by dork moments I mean Disney talking animal scenes, but I mean what movie doesn’t? I really enjoyed going to see this movie. Although not a hardcore fan, these films interest me because of the story of love at first sight and how complex you can make that statement.  Of course I don’t think this film is Oscar-worthy, but there are definitely some original concepts here. I think Twilight as a saga, but specifically Breaking Dawn should be given more credit than people and other critics give it. Look back to see where the series started and where it is now.  It’s impressive.

Altogether, Twilight: Breaking Dawn’s talent, production value, effects, and overall cinematic style are the movies strong points. Story and character development are things the film needed to improve on. But these aren’t deal breakers; it would just be nice to see the story make a full circle with the character’s journeys, showing a feeling of somewhat overcoming their present situations. The film was an experience, and as a Cinephile I was well satisfied. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn was indeed a different film, but it was successful in its pursuit to be different. Fans should be more than impressed just as I was.


3.5 Out of 4


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