the twilight saga: breaking dawn part one review

This is it, the moment we’ve all been waiting for. This is the moment when Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) say “I Do”. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part One showcases what I am calling the third Wedding of The Year (behind the Royal Wedding and the now infamous Kardashian wedding).

Twi-hards across the world have been waiting for this since the first book in the series was released back in 2005 (boy those six years have gone by quickly). Twilight has “done a Harry Potter” and divided the final book in the series into two parts, planning to release them 12 months apart.

Part One starts off with the impending wedding of Bella and Edward, with Jacob (Taylor Lautner) running away when he receives an invitation to the event. Alice (Ashley Greene) is busy decorating the outdoors surrounding the Cullen house for the wedding and Bella and Edward see each other briefly the night before.

Without going into too much detail, the wedding itself is stunning and Bella looks absolutely beautiful in her Carolina Herrera dress (that costs an estimate $35,000), although I preferred the dress she wore in the dream she had the night before the wedding. Stephenie Meyer, the author of the series, can be seen as a guest during the ceremony.

Skip through the awkward speeches and Jacob turning up at the reception and freaking out when he finds out Bella and Edward plan to “do the deed” and the newlywed’s go to Isle Esme, a private island just off the coast of Brazil, for their honeymoon. They then have sex and Edward breaks the bed frame. Because Bella has a few bruises, Edward refuses to have sex with her again until she becomes a vampire and the rest of the honeymoon is spent playing chess with Bella throwing herself at Edward.

After two weeks, Bella discovers that she’s pregnant and the foetus is growing at an alarming rate. Edward tries to convince Bella to get rid of the baby, but she enlists the help of Rosalie (Nikki Reed) to make sure no one harms the baby.

To cut a long and drawn out story short, Jacob finds out and the wolves freak out and want to kill the baby so Jacob detaches himself from the pack and Seth (Booboo Stewart) and Leah (Julia Jones) Clearwater break off with him and try to protect the Cullens. After a horrific birth, a baby girl is born, called Renesmee and Jacob imprints on her, meaning the rest of the wolves can’t hurt her. They think Bella is dead but she wakes up as a vampire.

While I do love Twilight, this movie left a lot to be desired for me. It was unnecessarily drawn out, with so much added to the movie (like the massive fight with between the wolves and the Cullen’s at the end). I feel it easily could have been done in one film.

People who had seen it before me assured me that it was close to the book but I didn’t think so, for one thing, no one ever thought that Bella had died. I was also told that the sex scene was quite graphic and that the birth scene was horrible. The sex scene was extremely tame and while the birth scene wasn’t lovely viewing, it was nowhere near as bad as what was described in the book.

People also described it as the best film of the series, but I still prefer Eclipse.

Twi-hards will love the film, but newcomers to the series will probably wonder what all the fuss is about. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed the movie, but I definitely feel as though it could have been done better than it was.

On the plus side, the make-up job with Kristen Stewart was unbelievably good when she was pregnant. She genuinely looked ill and perfectly fit the description given in the book. I was also happy with where and how they ended it. I had previously predicted that they would end when Bella opens her eyes when they are red, signifying that she is now a vampire.

It’s definitely not the worst movie I’ve seen and it’s still worth watching.

Monique gives it 3.5 stars!


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