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THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 1 (2011)

I was ready to hate this penultimate instalment in The Twilight Saga. I have read and loved the books. Watched the previous movies, but only the first movie lived up to my expectations. Breaking Dawn is also my least favourite book in this saga, as the whole vampire/human baby thing is just too weird. So, filled with low expectations I started watching and by the end realised that I had quite enjoyed the movie.

Breaking Dawn – Part 1 starts with Bella’s (Kristen Stewart) and Edward’s (Robert Pattinson) wedding. After the wedding the newlyweds head off for a honeymoon to the gorgeous private island – Isle Esme. Bella and Edward proceed to have a proper wedding night with some earth-shattering consequences from which the least is Bella’s unexpected pregnancy. A quick return to the Casa Cullen follows, where the family is divided into two camps about this miracle. Edward enlists the help of the werewolf Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) to change Bella’s mind for letting the fetus eat her inside out (totally creepy!). But soon it’s too late and Bella is involuntarily giving birth to Renesmee. Edward rushes to try to “change” Bella. By that time the werewolves have figured out that Renesmee cannot be let to “live” and Jacob sets to kill her only to imprint on her thus making her safe from the werewolves forever.

The problem with this movie is that it’s quite slow at times and nothing really happens. Breaking Dawn – Part 1, directed by Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters plus Dreamgirls), is not the worst movie in the saga and it’s beautifully shot and directed. The acting is as good as it can be. Billy Burke as Chief Swan has given strong performances in each movie. Jasper Hale (Jackson Rathbone) of the Cullen clan is supporting questionable hairstyle in this instalment.

Not as bad as feared – watchable. And there is always hope that the Part 2 will be better, right?

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