There is a saying that for women, the wedding is all about the dress. Sadly, that’s about all Breaking Dawn Part 1 has going for it as well.
Let’s get to the important stuff first. The gown was beautiful. Simple, glamorous, elegant, sultry. In fact, Designer Alfred Angelo has designed a replica, and it is for sale for around $800 (you’ll have to go to the website to view it). You can be sure brides everywhere are going to grab this off the shelf. The wedding scene (meaning the props) was very fairy tale-esque and Bella made a beautiful bride.
The reception, however, is where the movie began to fail, and we’re only into the first 20 minutes of the film.
It was some of the hokiest, most inane, stupid writing I’ve come across in a film in a long time. Edward’s relatives from Alaska failed to bring the tension to the table, and Bella appeared to be in pain most of the time instead of playing the happy, blushing bride.
That is until Jacob shows up. Then we see happy, OMG Bella, the Bella we want to see with Edward, the man she loves soooo much. In fact, the only other item beside the dress carrying the film forward is Taylor Lautner’s performance. He plays his scenes well, we feel his pain, his anger and his love for Bella. Too bad Kristen Stewart and Rob Pattinson left their passion for their scenes back in their trailers.
Okay, maybe that’s a bit harsh, but please. The honeymoon scene? Epic fail. I’ve seen steamier sex on soap operas. This was supposed to be a night of passion. Remember the broken bed that appeared in the movie trailers? Yeah, that was a quick 4 second scene. Seriously. Blink and you miss it. There was more passion in that very first kiss between Bella and Edward in Twilight than there was in this whole film. Again, Bella appears to be in pain, like she doesn’t want to be there. For heaven’s sake, she just married the vampire of her dreams. She should be elated. I do have to say, I would love to know where this was filmed because the house is flipping beautiful!
The scenes with Sam and the pack were good and their feelings toward Bella and the unborn child were conveyed very well. I was also very pleased with the way they handled Jacob’s imprinting.
As for the technical aspects of the film, I felt the cinematography sucked. There were several scenes that appeared to be put together by an amateur high school photography club. Come on. This is supposed to be a multi-million dollar film. Why did they cut corners? I mean, I really wanted to gag. And some of the fight scenes were so dark you couldn’t see what was going on. You just hear a lot of growling and snarling. The make-up artists, however, did a very good job with Bella as she’s going through her change.
Over all, I was disappointed in the acting. The actors appear tired…tired of playing the parts, tired of the films. Kristen and Rob seem ‘off’ with each other, which is a shame because the movie is about them, about Edward and Bella.
I will have to watch the last installment just to see how the Director puts everything together, though I can tell you I already loathe the ending (I hated the ending of the series. Such a letdown. I expected so much more tension and then it fizzled). I do look forward to the Volturi, especially if Dakota Fanning makes an appearance. I loved her role. The standoff between the wolves and the Volturi should be good, too, but I don’t see Bella growing out of her ‘pained’ self. I guess I’ll have to wait and see.
In my opinion, Eclipse remains the best of the four films. Am I glad I saw the film? Yes, sort of. I mean, I’ve come this far, why stop now. Was Breaking Dawn Part 1 worth the cost of admission? No. I don’t think so. If I’d known then what I know now, I would have probably waited for it to come out on DVD. That’s pretty sad.