The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Pt. 1 (PG-13) C-
“Twilight” movies have dominated the box office, and the hearts and minds of female fans, for the past three years - with “Twi-Hards” packing theaters representing either “Team Edward” or “Team Jacob“. After seeing “Eclipse” last year I proclaimed myself a member of “Team I Can’t Understand What All the Fuss is About”. Now, after seeing “Breaking Dawn Pt. 1”, the first half of the series finale, I’m now a member of “Team Man, that was Boring”.
Everyone who cares has to know the plot of this one by now:
- Bella and Edward get married - and Jacob isn’t happy.
- Bella and Edward go on their honeymoon - and Jacob isn’t happy.
- Bella discovers she’s having a baby - and Jacob REALLY isn’t happy.
- There are complications with the pregnancy (you think? she’s having a baby vampire!) - and EVERYBODY’s not happy.
And, of course, the vampires and werewolves still hate each other - so no one will be happy until all the others are dead.
Here’s the main problem with the movie: - it suffers from “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” syndrome. In order to make these books into two films, the first parts had to be streeeetched-out, with long, dull periods with nothing going on. The wedding and the reception section takes forever. Then the honeymoon section goes on and on. I started to really understand what’s it like to be a vampire as these parts of the film just wouldn’t die.
After that things pick-up a little bit, but the film also turns pretty gruesome.However, I should mentioned that Taylor Lautner fans don’t have to wait too long for what most of them go to the “Twilight” movies for: 10-seconds in Lautner takes his shirt off.
As for the performances, no one can expect any type of real acting in these films, but Lautner does stand-out as the angry, yet “friend to the end” Jacob. In fact, he is actually the pivotal character in the story.
The make-up is pretty good, especially with Kristen Stewart, and the dramatic changes she goes through during her pregnancy. There are only a few action scenes and, as usual, there are intentionally fast and blurry so you can’t really appreciate the battles.
“Breaking Dawn Pt. 1” is rated PG-13 for language, violence, adult content and disturbing images and situations. Even if your kid sister, who’s 10, read the book, she, or anyone else younger than 13, should not watch this movie. I’m guessing “Twi-Hards” will enjoy it but anyone else will…because it’s so drawn-out…find it very difficult to sink their teeth into.
On The Official Kid Critic Report Card, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Pt. 1” gets a C-. Here’s hoping “Pt. 2” follows the “Harry Potter/Deathly Hallows” trend and is filled with exciting action scenes and dramatic, climactic moments. We’ll find-out next November. But, just like the “Potter” finale, this would have been better as one, long film.
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