The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1
By Wilson Morales
If you have seen the previous three films and have read the books, then you go into ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1,’ already hooked in from the start. Nothing has changed in terms of the pacing or direction. Even with a big name like ‘Gods and Monsters’ director Bill Condon at the helm, what you get is more of the same. For some, it’s frustration and for others, it’s a pleasurable experience. Following the path that Warner Bros. took with the ‘Harry Potter’ franchise by splitting the last book into two films, Summit Entertainment going for broke on this part of the film by concentrating mostly on the two of the three leads for an extended period of time.
If there was ever a franchise that plays like a TV soap opera with a climatic ending that leaves the audience wanting more and having to wait for the next “episode,” it’s this one.
The main focus of the film focuses heavily on the wedding between human Bella (played by Kristen Stewart) and her vampire Edward (played by Robert Pattinson). Although both characters are under the physical age of 20, Edward, who’s actually centuries older that Bella, has been waiting a long time to be with his loved one. Bella’s parents (played by Billy Burke and Sarah Clarke) are just happy to see their daughter be happy, but Charlie does have his reservations. So does, Jacob Black (played by Taylor Lautner), who’s had this unrequited love for Bella for what seems like eons. As the common enemy who transforms as a werewolf when angry, both Jacob and Edward have come to a truce for the moment, but Jacob knows what lies ahead once Bella consummates the marriage and becomes part of the vampire family.
As the wedding unfolds, and we get the long awaited honeymoon, which is decked out and designed as if the house was ready for a Pottery Barn layout, Edward and Bella finally give in to their lust in a PG rated scene that fans have been waiting for. As they tour around the island, Edward tries to hold back from sleeping with his wife due the bruises he inflicted on the first go. While it’s noble to be patient, it only took one try to get Bella pregnant and have the all Cullen clan in panic mode as no one knows what to make of this blessed or tragic event.
The second half of the film shifts dramatically as Bella’s appearance starts to look bleak as death nears. Apparently, the birth of the baby is not a healthy thing in vampire world and the Cullen and the werewolves know it. With Jacobs help in more ways that one can imagine, Bella’s determined to have the baby, despite it’s consequences.
Based on the books by Stephanie Meyer, screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg carefully lays out the dialogue in the same pace as the previous films, but Condon allows other actors to do more in the second half that gives them their own identity and not make it just the Kristen-Robert-Taylor show.
At this point, all the regulars in the film are comfortable in their parts as if they were meeting weekly on a TV series. Stewart is growing as is her character. Both seem older and bolder and willing to chances on where life is going. Pattison is more resigned than his previous films. Outside of dressing very well on camera, most of what he does comes from his expressions. It’s good to see that Condon has given Booboo Stewart and Julia Jones a little more to do than look like props in the film.
If one is just getting into the series, it certainly requires patience to get involved with the plot. For the fans who’ve been there from the start, the film is critic-proof, for the soap opera setting is enough to keep them entertained and wanting more.