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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Dec 2, 2011

Review: Breaking Dawn Part 1 Strictly For 'Twilight' Fans

‘BREAKING DAWN PART 1’ is strictly for the fans (and they are legion, so the film is a huge hit) of Stephanie Meyer’s "Twilight" series. If you’re not a fan, like us, then don’t watch it as you’ll be bored. Honestly, we found the rambling and overlong movie such tedious viewing. The first hour is devoted to the wedding of Bella (Kirsten Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson) and their honeymoon in Brazil. You can feel that they’re really just stretching since this last book in the series was divided into two so they can have more income at the tills. They really take their time with each sigh, long pause, and every movement of Bella is given an additional two or three seconds to further prolong it. The padding is oh so obvious.

In this movie, they finally “do” it. Edward claims Bella’s chastity and he says “I’m hurting you”. She says “No, it’s okay” and they wreck the four-poster bed on which they’re making out. Here, undead vampires not only have orgasms, they can also make their bedmates pregnant quick. And that’s what the second half of the movie is all about: Bella’s pregnancy and giving birth with Edward himself doing the C section on her. She dies in the process, but the last frame of the film shows her opening her eyes again to indicate that yes, she’s still alive, and the “Twilight” saga goes on.

The director, Bill Condon, used to do better films like “God and Monsters” and “Dreamgirls”, but he doesn’t bring in anything significantly better in this film compared to his three “Twilight” predecessors. This is unexplainable since the franchise itself is much bigger than any of the filmmakers who handled it. Bella remains to be the most immature, sullen always depressed-looking heroine we’ve seen on screen. Honestly, what do Edward and Jacob see in her, what with Kristen Stewart sleepwalking through her role looking like a real corpse in the final scenes of this movie?

We surmise she and her leading men will have no career outside of this series, just like the Harry Potter leads and Elijah Wood and Viggo Mortensen after the “Lord of the Rings” series. Stewart, Pattinson and Lautner tried having their own films (“Welcome to the Rileys” and “Runaways” for Stewart, “Remember Me” and “Water for Elephants” for Pattinson) but they all bombed at the tills, especially Lautner’s “Abduction”. But they already made millions for the “Twilight” movies so we guess they should already be happy with that.

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