Reviewed by: Thaisha Geiger
|Featuring:||Kristen Stewart … Bella Swan
Nikki Reed … Rosalie Hale
Robert Pattinson … Edward Cullen
Dakota Fanning … Jane
Anna Kendrick … Jessica Stanley
Taylor Lautner … Jacob Black
Kellan Lutz … Emmett Cullen
Ashley Greene … Alice Cullen
Michael Sheen … Aro
Jamie Campbell Bower … Caius
Maggie Grace … Irina
Billy Burke … Charlie Swan
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|Director:||Bill Condon—“Kinsey” (2004), “Dreamgirls” (2006), “Gods and Monsters” (1998), “Mr. Holmes” (2015)|
TSBD Canada Productions
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“Forever is only the beginning.”
Based on the final book of the Twilight series, “Breaking Dawn Part 1” is likely the most anticipated installment. Broken up into two movies, Bella and Edward finally marry and celebrate their honeymoon. However, their getaway in the tropical paradise soon crashes to a halt when Bella discovers she’s pregnant with a baby that isn’t exactly human.
Though some might feel that the movie is a bit slow, much is accomplished. I’d have to say that the movie has the best acting in the series. Kristen Stewart plays her best portrayal of Bella yet, adding a lot more emotion and depth of the newlywed who soon faces death. Though CGI effects are better used, and Condon’s direction is appreciated, this film is exclusively for the Twihard fans and doesn’t answer any questions for newcomers. Some might also be disappointed in how condensed Jacob’s role is.
In a refreshing change from the latest plethora of romantic releases, most of the sexual content is between husband and wife. While it’s my job to list all possibly objectionable content, I have tried to keep it spoilers minimal, but some slight spoilers are still present in the following paragraphs.
This film has less profanity than the previous installments. In all, I counted about four uses: 3 hells and 1 d_mn. Bella asks Edward if his bachelor party will have strippers or whether or not he’s a virgin. Right before the wedding, a guest predicts that Bella is pregnant and will be showing.
During the wedding, several of the female guests wear very low-cut dresses. Bella’s wedding dress during a dream sequence is low-cut, as well. However, her real wedding dress is very modest in the front, but has a low dip in the back. Near the end of her wedding, Bella slow dances very closely with Jacob.
In the intimate scenes, Bella’s bare back is shown on several occasions; at one time, the side of her breast is briefly shown. On the first night, she takes off her towel and walks into the ocean; she and Edward then embrace and kiss in the water. Afterwards, Edward is on top of her in the bed, and they kiss. Bella wakes up to a broken bed and bruises on her body. However, during her flashbacks of the night before, Edward is only shown crushing a wall and gently kissing Bella as they sat on the bed. When Edward refuses to sleep with her again, she tries to tempt him by wearing negligees. After waking up from a dream, Bella pleads with her husband, and they soon begin to kiss again. In another scene, she also swims in either white undergarments or a bikini (I wasn’t sure which). She is also shown wearing very short shorts in a couple of scenes.
Besides the birth, there’s some amount of blood in the film. During a flashback, a vampire is shown briefly biting one victim, while his other victims are only shown collapsing. Bella has a nightmare where her wedding dress is soaked in blood and all her loved ones are in one massive, bloody heap. There are a couple of brief wolf fights, but no blood during these scenes.
During her pregnancy, Bella dwindles to mere skin and bones, and some of her bones are shown snapping when she makes a sudden move. In trying to get nutrition, she ends up drinking blood through a straw and stating that it tastes great. The birth scene is less graphic than in the book. Bella’s stomach is shown being cut into. However, during the majority of the caesarian birth, the camera zooms in on her face as she screams. Despite this, one can still hear the procedure. Afterwards, Bella gets stabbed in the heart with a metal syringe. Out of desperation, Edward bites her all over her body. Her lifeless, bloody body is often zoomed in on as they try to resuscitate her.
The movie has a strong pro-life theme interwoven throughout the plot. Yes, this is a fantasy novel where the baby isn’t exactly human, but similar comparisons are made. Though her pregnancy is literally killing her, Bella still chooses to have the baby. Despite having nearly all her loved ones against her decision and calling her baby derogatory names, Bella stands firm.
While the other Twilight movies exemplified a somewhat obsessive relationship between Bella and Edward, this latest installment tones it down and shows a married couple and family who genuinely care for one another. The film is clearly not made for anyone other than the already established fans. If you do decide to go see it, make sure to stay for the end credits.
Violence: Moderate / Profanity: Mild / Sex/Nudity: Heavy
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