Screening Room – THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 1

 

(KTSF by Sean Au)

The cinematic courtship between the vampire and the mortal has brought them to the altar.

Between the vampire and the werewolf, Bella (Kristen Stewart) has spoken. Just 18 years old, she will be meeting Edward (Robert Pattinson) in the wedding that would be the envy of many wedding planners. Bella does have jitters, not for choosing whom to marry, but it would be soon that she has to turn into a vampire. This worry, however, dissipates when the groom takes her to a private Brazilian island.

In what must be the fastest pregnancy on screen, less those in horror alien movies, Bella discovers in just two weeks that she has a vampire-hybrid child within her. At the rate the fetus is growing, she could be killed by the pregnancy, but Bella has chosen to keep the baby…

BREAKING DAWN is the last book in the series but has been divided into two parts in the cinematic adaptation. What this means is that the slow and dreamy pace can be further sustained in the last two TWILIGHT movies. Essentially, the first hour is devoted entirely to the wedding, and the second hour winds up the tension with the impending dangers from the pregnancy, leading to the birth of the baby.

Kristen Stewart returns with her woman-in-distress portrayal, though played with much sensitivity and texture. The much talked about giving birth scene is also not as bloody as one would expect. Maybe this critic has been desensitized by onscreen violence over the years, but the film definitely keeps within the limits of its PG-13 rating.

What is lacking is a clearer understanding of why Bella decides to keep the baby despite knowing that it might kill her. This is perhaps the biggest drawback of this TWILIGHT installment – something fans of the series probably would not mind.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.

Video courtesy of Summit Entertainment.

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