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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn (Part 1)

Forever is only the beginning. 

Year: 2011 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 (Scope) 
Certificate: BBFC 12A Cert – Under 12s admitted only with an adult 
Subtitles: This film is not expected to be subtitled, though this cannot be guaranteed. 
Directed by Bill Condon  
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner  
An image from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn (Part 1)

As an originally sceptical Twilight fan, I went into the cinema to see Breaking Dawn part 1 ready to be disappointed. However, gone was the gloomy Eeyore-like Bella from the previous films. Unlike any of the others, this film is one that your man may even enjoy as much as you do. Instead of following the regular framework of a vampire-teen movie, Breaking Dawn tackles the spoof head-on, littering the script with clever wit and genuine laugh-out-loud moments.

Everybody knows the story. Cold creepy vampire Edward marries small-town girl Bella in a match made in chick-lit heaven. One trip down the aisle, a guilty couple of tears later and the honeymoon begins...

The surprisingly graphic pillow-biting headboard-crushing sex scene is definitely one to enjoy, even more so than in the book. The happiness of the newlyweds, however, is short-lived as a near-impossible pregnancy forces them to rush back to Forks. The "demon" unborn child, as described by Jacob, causes a rift in both the Cullen family and the nearby wolf pack, as Jacob is forced to sever his ties to support her.

Breaking Dawn is the most gripping film yet; teaming the regular vampire/wolf clashes with the added risk of Bella's unborn child and how little they know if it. However, maturity seems to take hold and Edward and Jacob seem to reach a tentative middle ground, and for the first time in a Twilight film, I was not left groaning at their undeveloped idiocy. The ending could not have been more predictable, but that doesn't mean it didn't leave me desperate for more, checking the next release date as soon as I got home.

Louise Formby

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Screenings of this film:

2011/2012 Spring Term (35mm)
2011/2012 Spring Term (35mm)