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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1: Review

Posted 21/11/2011

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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1
Usually a wedding scene in a movie signifies a ‘happily ever after’ ending. But in ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1,’ the nuptials are just the beginning of the story—and of the tribulations that befall newlyweds Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson).

In this first installment of the series’ final chapter, the star-crossed lovebirds finally tie the knot and consummate their love…then face a surprise supernatural pregnancy that might cost Bella her life. (It’s like the scariest ‘Teen Mom’ episode ever!) And once the wolf pack gets word that the vampire/human couple is expecting what could be a bloodthirsty demon, it’s up to Jacob (Taylor Lautner) to protect the mother-to-be from their preemptive strike.

‘Twilight’ fans will be enchanted by the wedding and honeymoon scenes, and gripped by Bella’s gradual transformation from a glowing bride to a gaunt shell of herself—who indulges the vilest pregnancy craving ever. Those who've somehow never seen a ‘Twilight’ movie or read the books (all three of you out there) are advised to brush up via DVD before catching this one, so as to grasp the emotional nuances of ‘Breaking Dawn’—and make the final scene, leading into Part 2 and the series finale, that much more exciting!

Upsides:
- The moment we’ve all been waiting for: Edward! Bella! Wedding!
- Lautner’s ever-passionate Jacob infuses the movie with adrenaline; even with his true love married and expecting a baby—with a vampire, no less!--he’s willing to risk everything for her.

Downside:
- If you’re hoping to convert a newcomer into a diehard Twihard, this isn’t the film to start with. We launch into the action without much backstory, so first-time series viewers may not pick up on how all the characters are connected.

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