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‘Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1′ Reviews

November 19, 2011 by staff 

‘Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1′ Reviews, Part 1: Sparkly Eyes and Chests With The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, the saga is the same as it ever was. Ordinary teen Bella (Kristen Stewart) is still undyingly devoted to Edward (Robert Pattinson), her demure vampire protector, while poor Jacob (Taylor Lautner), a rebuffed shape-shifting werewolf, broods in the periphery.

Of course, its mostly-female fans are still similarly dedicated — understandably, from someone who waited in line for Star Wars — to these movies, based on Stephenie Meyer’s wildly popular young adult novels, because Summit’s lucrative adaptations continue to be made exclusively for “Twi-hards.”

Oscar winner Bill Condon, the fourth director for the fourth movie, is keenly aware of his audience and realizes a sequel that will excite and placate anyone who considers themselves a member of either Team Edward or Team Jacob. Condon directed both halves of Meyer’s final novel (split for obvious economic reasons) and, to his credit, the supernatural world of vampires and werewolves clashing in lush landscapes looks gorgeous on screen.

After three ordeals, including one where a distraught Edward threatened to sparkle Italy with his bare chest, he and Bella are ready to settle down (at the ripe old age of 18). Condon contributes by making everything seem perfect. Their idyllic traditional wedding includes a slow pan of the bride’s dress and a 360 shot of their first kiss (as husband and wife) that will melt hearts. Swooping aerial views of their honeymoon show moonlit beaches on a secluded island off the coast of Brazil. Their first time is passionate and wild, and in the morning feathers from the bedding float around her. It’s all so romantic and perfect.

However, the word perfect has always been relative…

Part 2: Ghastly Imagery and Writing (contains spoilers)

By perfectly adhering to nearly every word of Meyer’s book, Breaking Dawn – Part 1 is just that, a partial, disjointed story.

One so perfectly ridiculous, that a post-wedding plot involves a passionate romp in the sack that leaves Bella physically bruised, a skeletal Bella drinking Styrofoam cups of her own blood to satiate the resulting demon fetus, a telepathic pack of CGI wolves that wrestle with super-powered vampires, and a forlorn teen boy falling summarily in love with an infant.

Mined from the vampire legends of Anne Rice, forbidden love of William Shakespeare, and the chaste purity of her Mormon faith, Meyer’s Twilight series has always been an amalgam of influences. But beyond those borrowed pieces is where vampires suddenly sparkle in the sun or fall madly in love, and universal teen experiences like school crushes, first loves, devastating break-ups, and complicated relationships become part of fantasies about hunky boys who fight over her.

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