The latest instalment in Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight saga, Breaking Dawn Part 1 sees our protagonist Bella marry her vampire soul mate Edward Cullen. The couple soon run into difficulties after their first consummated married night together, when Bella quickly falls pregnant. The creature/baby inside her grows at an accelerated rate draining Bella to the point where it is uncertain if she will survive the pregnancy. This film is the first part of the last of the Twilight films and it is difficult to say as to whether this has quite hit the mark in comparison to the series so far.
When watching the Twilight movies it is important to take them with a pinch of salt. Upon purchasing the Cinema ticket I doubt anyone is expecting to see the film as a Golden Globe nominee in the coming year. However, after having seen all of the previous films I left the cinema feeling slightly disappointed and confused.
Bella and Edward’s wedding translates beautifully on film and does not leave the fans disappointed. Kristen Stewart gives a convincing performance as pre-marital nerves kick in walking down the aisle, possibly her best performance in the series so far.
The highly documented bedroom scene is shot delicately and only let down by the embarrassing dialogue. A personal favourite was Edward’s description of the encounter as “The best night of my existence”. At this point the audience in the cinema were laughing uncontrollably. This continued throughout the film and was a major drawback.
However, after the honeymoon the film quickly becomes incredibly fragmented and confusing. Credit must be given to Lola visual effects for the incredible transformation that Kristen Stewart goes through to show her frail and emaciated state. The scene where she gives birth to her daughter Renesmee resembles a scene from Saw 3 and is quite shocking compared to the nature of the previous films so far.
Director Bill Condon includes many of the songs used from Twilight New Moon and Eclipse as subtle reminders for the dedicated fans of the series. Once again, this is appealing to many Twi-hards but these films do not welcome new fans as Breaking Dawn heavily relies upon existing knowledge of the characters and plot so far. Overall, Condon ultimately delivers a disjointed film that hopefully the final part will resolve. Fans of this series may feel a little short changed but I hope the final instalment will finish in the same vain as Catherine Hardwicke’s 2008 interpretation.