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Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1
Written by Sandra Fitzpatrick   
Thursday, 24 November 2011 18:34

Breaking Dawn Part 1It’s the day most girls dream about all their lives - the day that grants every wannabe princess her happily-ever-after, the day that turns normally sweet-natured women into Bridezilla’s. Imagine it – walking step by step down the aisle resplendent in virginal white toward the man of your dreams! His loving gaze; his sparkling, cold white flesh; his fangs…

Yes, that’s right. Every girl, and disturbingly their mothers’, new fantasy has become to walk down the aisle with a controlling, vegetarian bloodsucker while wearing a Team Edward nightshirt. Love it or hate it, the Twihards have been waiting years for this moment and now Breaking Dawn Part 1 is finally here. But was the honeymoon worth the wait?

Wedding jittersBreaking Dawn can’t beat The Deer Hunter for longest wedding sequence in a movie ever, but it probably comes close. Once Beldward (yeah, I went there!) officially tie the knot with all their families (human and not-so-human) in attendance it’s off to their own private island to make it official. For most girls’ their first time consists of a few awkward moments, a lot of confusion and if you’re lucky some minor earth shaking. Bella’s first time results in a room full of feathers, a cracked bed-frame, and the mattress on the floor! Is it just me or is someone setting expectations a little high?

But back to the movie! I don’t want to give away any major spoilers here, but I’m sure by now anybody who wants to know what happens does already. Bella finds out that the impossible has happened and she is pregnant with a potentially murderous little demon seed. But this being a good Christian story (ahem), she is going to make like Madonna in “Pappa Don’t Preach” and keep her baby, despite the fact that it might kill her.

Just your typical human-vampire married couple.The rest of the film really is mostly about the pregnancy, which does NOT look fun, and the ongoing struggle between Team Edward and Team Jacob. Jacob has grown from an awkward puppy into the rightful leader of his pack, but he really wants nothing to do with them. He teeter-totters between wanting to protect Bella and wanting to rip Edward to a bloody pulp and eat his century old heart – nothing new here!

It hasn’t gotten the greatest reception from critics, but I’m not really surprised since these are movies most film snobs love to hate. I’m not a fan of Kristen Stewart, but I have to say that at least in Breaking Dawn Bella shows that she has some sort of backbone. For once she stops her slack-jawed mooning over Edward long enough to make a few decisions for her self, even if it means alienating him. Go Bella! I’ve read the books, and I have to say Breaking Dawn was my favorite for this reason. It also had the most stuff happening that I really didn’t expect at that point in the series.

Think of Breaking Dawn as the Royal Wedding. Those who want to see it are going to see it; those who hate it will probably be forced to watch it anyway. Either way you will probably see this movie at one point or another… I guess you might as well decide to appreciate it for the guilty pleasure it kind of is.


Directed by Bill Codon (The Others), Starring Kristen Stewart, Rober Pattinson, Taylor Lautner.

The sex scene between Edward and Bella had to be heavily edited to take the film from an R to a PG-13 rating.

Twilight auther Stephenie Meyer has a cameo as a guest during the wedding scene.