Posted on 11/26/12 08:23 PM
Breaking Dawn is the last book of Stephenie Meyer's novel series of the Twilight Saga. It tells us about the life of Bella Swan and Edward Cullen about the beginning of their lives together. It also features one of the most memorable moments of the story: the wedding between the two lovers and Bella's pregnancy.
The film starts out with Bella (Kristen Stewart) and the Cullens making preparations for her wedding. Including the Cullens, her friends from school and her parents also attend the wedding. Even Jacob (Taylor Lautner), who has gradually come to accept that she has chosen Edward over him, attended.
But things become hectic on their honeymoon. Because of his vampire strength, he causes pain to Bella whenever they have sex. Bella also becomes pregnant. Since there was a serious danger to Bella's life because of her still being a human, there were only two choices to take for her to survive. It was either to get an abortion, or Edward must turn Bella into a vampire. Despite her impending terrible fate, Bella chooses to keep the baby.
Meanwhile, Jacob, torn between his love for Bella and his loyalty to the other werewolves, has to choose whose side he's on. The Cullens do what they can to keep Bella alive, but Edward will have to make a critical decision when it comes the time that Bella gives birth to their child.
Although the love story was never that great, Breaking Dawn Part I has at least brought in its good moments. Witnessing the wedding between Edward and Bella is one of the few decent things about their romance. But of course, the script does create plenty of problems with its cheesy dialogue. The visuals were at least better than in its predecessors. The CGI even makes the suffering that Bella goes through with her pregnancy look believable.
Some people point out a pro-life message in this movie. For me, I'm not so sure about that. While I'm very pro-life, the fact that Bella says that it's her decision of what to do with her body kind of dispels that message. While it was more relevant with Juno, this one may be a little controversial with some people due to the fact that Bella's baby wasn't completely human. But I'm in no way saying that she should have gotten rid of the child despite her possible death, because abortion is murder of the worst kind.
The acting, while slightly better, is not something to marvel at. Since Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart have been dating, it appears that the chemistry is gradually getting better. Kristen Stewart also does really good in showing the struggles her character goes through as her baby's growth develops. Taylor Lautner is becoming more comfortable with being Jacob. But the rest of the characters for the most part are just there helping Bella get through her pregnancy, and don't really do anything important.
While at least more bearable than the previous films, there's not much to convice the haters.