Home > Movies > THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 1 – Movie Review


Upfront, I’d like to address that the Twilight films are not made for me; I’m not a fan of the series, nor am I the target audience.  That being said, a successful film, pandering to any demographic, needs to convey its thoughts and ideas in an interesting way, making the film enjoyable to watch.  The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1, the fourth installment in the Twilight series, doesn’t do this in the slightest.

The film continues to follow the ongoing love of brooding vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and brooding human Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), this film marking the start of their marriage.  The two go on a honeymoon in the tropical islands, however Bella gets impregnated with a demonic, vampire fetus, slowing feeding off her from the inside.  Then, scowling werewolf Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) gets involved, trying to prevent the demonic baby from harming Bella, while simultaneously acting angry towards the vampire clan, who has had an ongoing feud with the werewolves.

To put it bluntly, this film is a mess.  The storyline is almost nonexistent, due to its lack of important events that actually progress the story in any way.  The film shows them getting married, going on their honeymoon, Bella getting pregnant, and her struggling with this.  That’s it.  And due to the fact that the film is nearly 2 hours, the film is annoyingly repetitive, containing countless scenes that don’t enhance the story in any way.  Before the 30-minute mark, I counted around 8 to 9 scenes that took place solely for Edward and Bella to kiss passionately, whether it be at their wedding, at a square in Rio de Janeiro, or at their honeymoon house in the tropics.  Lazy writing at its finest.

Also, Edward, Bella, and Jacob have no depth to them as characters.  They have no human connection or morsel of feeling for the viewer to relate to, resulting in many emotional scenes falling flat.  There are a lot “intense” conversations that take place, all inflated by so much forced emotional weight and so many hammy one-liners, that nobody can take them seriously.

This could all be somewhat forgivable, however, if the film were aware of how ludicrous it is, realizing that the concept of a demonic, vampire baby is about as serious as a demon from The Evil Dead.  The biggest problem, though, is that the film is dead serious in every action it makes, causing any non-Twilight fan viewer, like myself, to have an overall dull, moviegoing experience.


  1. Lisa Lynette
    November 19, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    I disagree! I thought it was pretty good!! Not every movie is supposed to make sense, it’s a science fiction movie! I really enjoyed it! It’s creative

    • November 19, 2011 at 4:38 pm

      Thanks for the comment, although I find it a little hard to believe that some stories don’t need to make sense, especially sci-fi movies. Even fantasy, science fiction, or movies that aren’t realistic still need to make sense; that’s what makes them enjoyable to watch and actually count as storytelling. And it’s not that Twilight didn’t make any sense, it’s that barely anything interesting happened.


  2. March 23, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    I agree with you Jordan. This movie, as its predecessors, is just really corny, cheesy and lacks any sort of interest. The movie comes off as vapid and there really is no storyline to it. One moment where this film really failed was the part where the wolves talked — it was more comedic than dramatic. The only real scene that I enjoyed throughout the entire two hours was the ending scene where there’s a close up on Bella’s eyes; it interestingly shot and the sound worked well with that scene, but that’s the only nice thing I can say about the film.


    PS: hope all is well

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