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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1

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A grim reaper…

Let’s get right to the talking points. The headboard-breaking wedding night? Bit of an anticlimax. Bedward’s nuptials? Surprisingly good fun. Jacob’s shirt? Off within the first three minutes.

Otherwise, this action-light, occasionally bonkers penultimate chapter suffers from the issues you’ve come to expect – leaden dialogue, unintentional comedy – and some new ones to boot as director Bill Condon struggles to navigate the choppy narrative waters of Stephenie Meyer’s last, weirdest, most divisive novel.

So mopey mortal Bella (Stewart) is finally getting hitched to sparkly vampire soulmate Edward (Pattinson), and we follow her struggles with assorted aspects of the day, from sky-high heels (relatable) to the prospect of dying in order to be with her paramour for eternity (less so).

After a spot of dancing and an enjoyably awkward speech montage, the pair set sail for a desert island and get down to some long-awaited business – which, naturally given what franchise we’re in, doesn’t end well.

Stewart, confusingly, plays Bella as miserable and conflicted throughout the honeymoon phase – there’s an unintentional LOL as she asks Edward with her sourest face, “Why can’t you see how perfectly happy I am?” – and it’s only once she discovers she’s pregnant with a deadly hybrid vampire child that she perks up

Despite Pattinson and Stewart’s chemistry, the central relationship plays like a sad, destructive charade.

Still, you’ll be longing for more of them once the focus shifts to Bella’s spurned werewolf admirer Jacob (Lautner) and his stupendously dull pack of pals. The scene in which the wolves have a chat is comfortably the film’s worst, and their third act dominance ensures that the psychological horror of Bella’s Alien-esque plight goes totally unexplored.

An emotionally confused, narratively incoherent and oddly joyless affair centred on an 18-year-old girl voluntarily destroying herself from the inside out, this might work as a standalone horror piece with a stronger directorial hand. As a so-called epic love story, it leaves a bad taste in the mouth.

Verdict:

Flat performances, dodgy plotting and rubbish talking wolves aside, this is a weirdly grim addition to the supposedly tween-friendly franchise, less fairy tale than misjudged horror show.

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    • FBDHolloway

      Nov 17th 2011, 14:11

      I just don't understand... but... surely... he's dead... he has no blood pumping through his veins... how can he... I mean... it's not possible for him to get a... how can he father a child, he's a corpse? Maybe not the most pressing of matters for the narrative of a childrens movie but I would have thought it to be a pretty insurmountable problem for a writer...

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    • FBLRoy

      Nov 17th 2011, 14:12

      5

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    • MikeyRix

      Nov 17th 2011, 15:00

      @FBDHolloway Either that or ol' Edward is walking around with a permanent erection.

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    • 7amandapanda7

      Nov 17th 2011, 19:39

      I'll assume they left wolf boy's peado tendencies for the next 1 then??

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    • willow138

      Nov 17th 2011, 20:07

      @FBDHolloway i have thought this for years since Buffy bumped uglies with Angel. ITS NOT POSSIBLE lol

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    • writerdave87

      Nov 18th 2011, 16:00

      It's because Stephanie Mayer is a disturbed Mormon who has a thing about sex before marriage/ sex after marriage leading to children. She's essentially disturbed.

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    • Psybolt

      Nov 20th 2011, 16:00

      So your people's problem is not that it is a vampire and a werewolf, but it is a vampire who can have sex? Vampires having sex is not possible, but the very existence of vampires... that's perfectly fine. It's made up,people! Fiction. Geez... get with it. Everything doesn't have to be explained. I'm not even a Twilight fan so you making me defend it makes me unhappy.

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    • JamieTSB

      Nov 21st 2011, 11:19

      When can we nominate the movie for Comedy of the Year, it was hilarious from start to finish. I don't think I have ever seen such a clever parody of a teen angst movie in my life. I am still sn****ring a day after watching it.

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    • BoomStick

      Nov 21st 2011, 16:31

      @Psybolt - I think the problem we all have with vampires having sex is that it inherently disregards the rules in which the creation operates in. Nobody is debating their existence in the real world, but they are commenting on the poor writing/understanding of the creator. People's suspension of disbelief is more often than not remarkably generous - give them an idea, and a set of rules in which the idea can operate and adapt and you can spin a believable yarn about anything. Aliens/Vampires/Paul Walker etc etc. When the creator then disregards the boundaries and rules that they have established in order to advance a plot or get themselves out of a corner then the writer is disrespecting their story and their audience which in itself is insulting. I'm pretty thick skinned so insults don't bother me - but when a writer/filmmaker flouts their own logic, well that p**ses me off to no end

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    • Igrayne

      Nov 27th 2011, 19:39

      A group of sad vampire emos have a kid or they do not who cares, a turd is still a turd and these films are big king kong steamers.

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