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Breaking Dawn (Part 1) Movie Review

Posted by Sandy Caetano | Tuesday November 22, 201115 comments

Rating: 4/5 stars
Breaking Dawn, the first half of the final chapter in Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight Saga, has finally hit theaters. Though most fans have not been happy about the final book being split into two films, they will definitely be pleased with the outcome of this film.

That being said, this isn’t a film for critics. We all know how they feel about the Twilight Saga movies, they’ve made that quite clear. This series was created for the fans - mostly teenage girls though women of all ages have also fallen in love with the story of Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson).

So long as fans keep loving Twilight, that’s all that matters. They don’t care what critics think or write, they’re still going to watch it regardless of how badly it’s reviewed.

It’s not an original idea, it’s another version on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, two star-crossed lovers wanting to be together at all costs. But Meyer’s take works. When you take two genres, such as romance and horror and put them together it’s a recipe for success, which makes for great storytelling.

Directed by Bill Condon (known for “Gods and Monsters”, “Chicago”, and “Dream Girls”), Breaking Dawn - Part 1 has a different feel to it. It’s not a play by play of every detail that occurs in the book. The minute it began, it moved rather quickly. Nothing dragged on.

The wedding scene was the perfect over-the-top fairytale wedding put together by the one and only lovable Alice Cullen (Ashley Greene). It’s everything the books and the previous films have been building towards. We certainly can’t forget Bella’s vision of her in her wedding gown standing on top of a pile of bloodied family and friends.

The infamous romantic honeymoon was set on a secluded island just off of Brazil, and the PG-13 sex scene was short but intense with the morning after resulting in broken furniture and feathers everywhere.

The pregnancy and birth scenes were as vivid as it was depicted in the book. Bella looked like a walking corpse, due to the half human/vampire baby she was carrying that was sucking the life out of her. The CGI on Bella was very realistic. The birth was also quite intense with Edward ripping Bella’s stomach open to pull the baby out as she lay there dying.

Overall, Breaking Dawn - Part 1 was the perfect lead up to the final installment in the Twilight Saga. If you’ve read the book you know what to expect, but if you want to experience the film what are you waiting for?

What did you think of this film?

*images courtesy of Entertainment One
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on May 12, 2012  DawnMackie  3,667 said:

Loved this movie I think it was one of the closest to the book! Can't wait to see pt 2!!!

on November 27, 2011  Sofi said:

I have a friend who went to the midnight showing, and said that she ended up laughing at the serious parts.

on November 25, 2011  sammcam  2,557 said:

I absolutely love Twilight. The books were so amazing, BUT the movies were kind of a let down. I can actually admit that Breaking Dawn part 1, was definately the best movie of the twilight series so far, and basically the only actually good one.

For those of you who haven't seen it, i strongly recommend you go! Not to mention, Jacob takes his shirt off within the first 5 minutes, haha.

on November 24, 2011  Keeks  3,717 said:

I admit it Im a nerd, I wanna see it ;)

on November 24, 2011  PDladybug  2,868 said:

I haven't watched it yet, but from this article, it sounds intriguing.

on November 24, 2011  Suelyn  2,249 said:

I'm not in to twilight, but still want to know what happen hehe.

on November 23, 2011  Lynn hall  3,007 said:

I havent watched this yet but plan to next week! Im really excited to see it and have heard alot of great feedback!!!!

on November 23, 2011  TammyK  1,073 said:

After reading this review, it makes me want to watch the movie! I was a fan of the books but the movies were just okay to me. This one sounds like it'll be pretty epic!

on November 22, 2011  beachbabe  4,164 said:

I'm really not into Twilight... but I'm actually interested in seeing this!

I'd be willing to bet the farm that her dress will be replicated, wanted, and demanded for many weddings!

on November 22, 2011  AlexJC  50 said:

Replica of dress: http://jezebel.com/5861842/you-can-now-buy-bella-swans-wedding-dress-for-799

I didn't think I would like it but I kind of do- it's very vintage-y which I love!

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