The Twilight Saga: ‘Breaking Dawn – Part 1’ (2011)

Well, “Breaking Dawn: Part 2″ releases at the end of the week, so I thought it would be a fantastical idea to set up a Preparation Kit to get ready for the film. I want to make it known that I have seen all four of the previous movies before, and that while I remember them being meh, I strictly remember saying “I’ve seen worse”. I have, however, only seen each film once and never reviewed a single one (this was before I reviewed everything I watched). Anyways, for those of you at home that are unaware of the order of films, it goes something like this:

The Twilight Saga:

  1. Twilight
  2. New Moon
  3. Eclipse
  4. Breaking Dawn: Part 1
  5. Breaking Dawn: Part 2

The last time we left off Bella (Kristin Stewart), she was escaping the clutches of the evil Victoria whats-her-face, who had been tracking her for, well, the entire series. So what else does the series have? Well, Bella’s movements are still being closely tracked by the Volturi, who plan to kill her if she isn’t changed soon. We’ll get to that in a minute, but first, it’s marriage time.

Yes indeed, it is finally time for these two to get married. Even though Bella swore she wouldn’t fall prey to a piece of paper in the previous film. So don’t be surprised to see a bunch of lovey-dovey stuff. After the obvious happens, Bella realizes she is pregnant, only, the baby is growing at an incredible rate, killing Bella inside out. So then the film becomes a question of whether to abort the baby before it kills Bella, or to change her into a vampire and hope for the best with the baby. I think we all know where this is going, the entire series has been warming up to the idea of her turning.

As I mentioned above, the Volturi are still in the overall story arc, but they aren’t mentioned once in this film, nor even shown other than a few flashbacks. I am guessing that they are saving that for the second, and final part of the series. This time around, it was all about imminent demise.

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As an overall, this is one of the most boring films in the series.  I’ll say that it is more exciting then “Twilight“, but only the final hour of the film.  They could have seriously made the same movie if they decided to make it an hour and a half instead of two hours, but nooo, all of the movies have to be around two hours don’t they?

Here’s the thing people, with these movies, each one has a different conflict.  It took me a minute to figure it out. It’s not Man versus Man, and it’s not Man vs. Self, no this movie is the Man vs. Nature conflict. Bella is battling against a force of nature that is sure to kill her, no doubt about it, and she must find a way to escape that fate. When you stop thinking about the fact that there was no main antagonist in this film like there was in the last film, you will realize that they actually got the conflict right in this, it was just about getting to the point.  The pacing is a lot slower than the others in the beginning, as it focuses a lot on the relationship, which is normally fine, but this specific occasion, it focuses way too deeply and not only the audience gets bored, but apparently the filmmakers do as well, as Bella and Edward end up having their own chess and checkers montages. The real story, and the importance of the story doesn’t come until at least fifty minutes into the movie, with only half of the film remaining after that.

This time, we ventured back to how it was in “New Moon” when it came to the visuals department. There was plenty of creativity at work here, with appropriate cinematics of a dream-like state. For me, that is a plus, but I must say that yes, I had my issues with it. I really think in the end it is either a love or hate film. The acting was the same as the last, maybe even a little worse, as the characters didn’t bring much new to the table. Anyone watching this may get the “dawning* feeling that maybe we’re getting tired of seeing these characters unless they do something new instead of the same-old.

I can now make a more accurate comparison in regards to every “Twilight” film that has been released thus far. I have to say that this  film, while having the interesting baby concept, is the worst and underwritten film in the series. They had that golden idea, but they took way too long to get to the point. A movie should never take more than half the time to get to the point, and they never have done that in this series before. That being said, that’s only the writing. I did, however like the idea with the baby. Yeah we know this is a part one, so they aren’t going to kill off Bella. If they will turn her into a vampire or not is anyone’s best guess (unless they read the book).

So it’s time people. Saturday afternoon, I am going to ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2‘ in theaters. I have no idea where it will go. RottenTomatoes has it surprisingly high…so far. I guess we’ll see how it goes. Keep an eye out for the next review.

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