Review: Breaking Dawn Part 1

*Contains some spoilers – you have been warned!*

Picture the world three years ago. Very few people had heard of Bella Swan, very few girls fancied Edward Cullen and Taylor Lautner was merely a prepubescent boy whose one noticeable role was in a horrendous follow up to Cheaper by the Dozen. It doesn’t feel right, does it?

That’s because these days, due to the phenomenon of Stephenie Meyer’s book series, the world is full of ‘twihards’ and vamp fans who can’t wait to take another bite out of the popular Twilight franchise. And the latest instalment, Breaking Dawn, is perhaps the most eagerly anticipated of the bunch.

Twilight follows teenage girl Bella Swan and her vampire love interest Edward Cullen as they embark on a relationship. Breaking Dawn, the last in the series, explores their marriage and the beginning of their eternal life together.

The story so far is that the unlikely (albeit gorgeous) pair have fallen deeply in love, fought off some deadly enemies and – despite attempting a ‘break’ – have decided that they can’t live without one another. Breaking Dawn begins with the build up to Bella and Edward’s wedding. Both are as nervous as each other because, although Bella has asked to be turned into a vampire after the ceremony, she has also requested a ‘human’ honeymoon with lots of time in the bedroom. With Edward an almost indestructible vampire this, obviously, causes some complications and Bella becomes pregnant. The rest of the film follows their struggle during the pregnancy and leads up to the graphic birth.

If you’ve read the book you will no doubt be pleased with the film because every scene is true to it. The wedding scene is beautiful and is like something you might see in a Midsummer Night’s Dream, the honeymoon shots are delicate and addictive and the birth scene is… just as disgusting as you might imagine it.

The birth scene was shot with an equal amount of gore and distress but it managed to avoid being un-watchable. During shooting the baby was apparently covered in jelly and cream cheese to create realism and it certainly worked. The vampire cesarean will have you grabbing your face in disgust and the CGI used to create Bella’s malnutrition is frighteningly realistic.

Director Bill Condon has no doubt created the best Twilight film to date. He has managed to perfectly capture the excitement of the final book, create some of the most romantic scenes between Bella and Edward and he’s also ensured Jacob and the wolf pack’s relationship is fully covered. Some of the best scenes include the wolf pack’s fight and Jacob and Bella’s bittersweet wedding dance.

In short Breaking Dawn is a must see for any Twilight fan and has made the wait for the final chapter almost unbearable.


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