2011 saw Twilight Saga fever sweep the globe once again as Breaking Dawn - Part 1 kicked off the penultimate instalment of the very popular franchise.
Now I am a big fan of the books and to say that I have loathed the big screen adaptations would be a massive understatement - so I wasn’t holding my breath for a great cinematic experience this time around.
It pains me greatly so see such gripping novels, and they are good, transformed into this derivative form of entertainment.
I have never agreed with the casting of both Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson and it’s hard to believe that these two are actually dating as they have ZERO chemistry - and that has been a major problem for me through out the entire franchise.
The main problem is nothing happens in this movie - the birth scene really does spice things up a little but to only produce thirty minutes of interest from an entire movie is a bit of a poor show.
It’s hard to believe that a movie full of blood sucking vampire and flesh shredding werewolves, who are enemies I should point out, could be so dull.
There is no air of menace that a pregnant Bella is ever under threat from the prowling werewolves and the whole thing just lazily plods along a super pedestrian pace - why this has been split into two movies is anyone’s guess.
I did like the birth scene however I thought that for a 12A it was rather daring and in your face - I would love to have seen what they would have done if the movie had had a 15 rating.
In the book Bella’s pregnancy is a real battle of wills between the soon to be mother and Edward; Bella wants to have her child not matter what the cost while Edward is afraid of losing his wife.
This isn’t explored in anywhere near enough detail and this could have been a really interesting, character developing aspect of the film.
The Cullen’s are as uninteresting as ever and the only character that you want to see more of is Charlie - who really does get a laugh from every line that he delivers.
Breaking Dawn - Part 1 is bloodless, toothless, sexless and emotionless - really the first hour is brutally painful to sit though; thank god the series is almost coming to a close.
FemaleFirst Helen Earnshaw