Yes, the long-awaited The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1. I know what you’re thinking. Before you think it though, here it goes. Breaking Dawn Part 1 is actually enjoyable. That’s right, I said it, enjoyable. If you know exactly what you are getting you will not be disappointed. This is different than a lot of movies recently racing towards the Oscars that were a bit, ahem, disappointing. I won’t name names, though, cough cough The Descendants, Moneyball, Beginners and The Tree of Life. Even The Help. I mean, good? Yes, definitely. The best we’ve ever seen? I don’t think so. Many of the movies seem to be coming up short.
I read a couple of reviews of Breaking Dawn, including the one in the L.A. Times, and I was expecting the worst. This is from a fan of the Twilight series, both books and movies. Okay, not a die-hard wait in line for the premiere or wear a t-shirt or admit out loud (oh wait, too late) fan or anything. I probably would have fallen asleep during the midnight premiere. Not even Harry Potter could keep me up I think. Gasp, a Stanford student who likes Twilight and admits it? The series is silly and a fantasy of course. But that’s just it, it’s an escape. I mean when you have to deal with guys not even offering to pick up the check anymore Edward and Jacob seem like a dream. Also, amidst many vampire series, mostly lame, Stephenie Meyer did something right (make the characters likable).
So the reviews were harsh of course but to tell the truth Breaking Dawn personally was the only movie this holiday season so far that was fun to watch and without high expectations. The movie covers the wedding, honeymoon (finally but don’t get your hopes up too much, this is still PG-13 after all), Bella’s pregnancy (spoiler alert, sorry) and birth (world’s fastest pregnancy) and ends with her transformation into a vampire (spoiler alert but come on you should have seen that one coming). Part 2 is up next but Part 1 was like an entire lifetime consolidated into one movie.
Breaking Dawn still doesn’t top the first Twilight movie with its sort of indie innocence before all the mega-fame and budgets. However, Breaking Dawn is better and more faithful to the series than Eclipse, focusing more on the romance than the violence. Actually, when I read the Breaking Dawn book in high school (hiding it under the desk from people who literally cringed when they saw it) I wondered how they would make it into a movie, especially with the birth scene. Bill Condon (director of Dreamgirls) did a nice job. The actors, Kristen Stewart (a strong actress anyway), Taylor Lautner, and Robert Pattinson do the best they can with the material they are given and try to do as little winking at the camera as possible, so for that I applaud them. Pattinson especially is much better in this movie and even gives Edward somewhat of a backbone. Bella and Edward’s wedding is a highlight with its beautiful décor and wedding dress (vampires really do have good taste).
Just let go of the questions (like how can a vampire get someone pregnant and the whole verging on creepy imprinting thing), sit back, and go with it.