Guest Author - Jamise Grace Liddell
Movie: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn-Part 1
Director: Bill Condon
Stars: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner
Rating: PG-13 for disturbing images, violence, sexuality/partial nudity and some thematic elements
Runtime: 117 min
Studio: Summit Entertainment
I highly recommend this film, but for none of the reasons you may anticipate, so diehard Twilight fans should just stop reading now; no use getting your feathers ruffled. For those who don’t mind a bit of truth, I watched The lastest Twilight installment with pure amusement.
High school vampire heart throb Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), Vampire to be and love interest to wolf and blood suckers everywhere Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and wolf boy Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) all of the usual folks are back still spewing lines in super slow motion with long pauses in between each sentence, as if teenagers can not process information quickly. As if boring the audience to death is the goal. And yet redeeming qualities do exist.
Breaking Dawn Part 1 is worth watching mainly for the interior and exterior sets and especially for the two truly amazing wedding scenes. I kept stopping the DVD take in all of the details of the wedding sets.
Granted things have improved in the land of Twilight, the sets are a tad more interesting, the cinematography digestable, the look of the films are no longer C grade. No, that is just the acting.
And after watching the film on DVD it was no surprise to learn that this Director is drinking his own kool-aid, so enthralled is he, by all things in Twilight land. You’ll have to listen to the Director’s comments that did come with this DVD. It was where I learned that Stephanie Meyer was briefly in the film as a guests at Edward and Bella’s wedding.
The movie focuses on the wedding and the honeymoon, which also features a dreamy resort setting. Bella is determined to marry, and consecrate the marriage while she is still human. However, human and vampire love is not good for Bella’s health. And much like the woes of first time teenage pregnancy, one night with her new befangled hubby, and Bella creates new life. Giving new meaning to having “a bun in the oven”!
Too bad that Bella’s bun bakes in record time and she has a “baby bump” while still on the honeymoon. As the half vampire, half human baby grows faster than a speeding bullet, Bella become ill. This is where the film misses out. They spend the rest of the movie worrying whether or not Bella is going to live. Since they incorporated the words “Part 1” into the title, you figure that leaves a BIG CLUE about Bella’s ultimate fate. I’ve never read the books, and I figured that one out!
Needless to say, all of the false drama is visually ineffective sans the obligatory fight scene between the wolf clan and the vampires which is also the most action featured in this film. Maybe Part 2 will offer more action and decorating ideas.