By Danielle Gittleman
The second to last installment in the Twilight Saga franchise, Breaking Dawn Part 1, is definitely worth sinking your teeth into.
The story of Edward Cullen and Bella Swan picks up right where it left off. The plot closely follows the book, beginning with the wedding Twilight fans have been waiting for.
After the wedding, all events move quickly, as though they are in fast-forward. Edward and Bella’s honeymoon is interrupted when Bella finds out that she is pregnant with a baby that is only part human. Since supernatural pregnancies do not follow the rules of a normal pregnancy, Edward and Bella hastily return from their honeymoon on Isle Esme because the baby is due only a few weeks later. The baby literally drains the life from Bella, causing her health to quickly deteriorate.
Many fans were also waiting to see the infamous birth scene and how the writers of the film would execute it. Fortunately, the critical scene followed the book exactly, seeming as if the pages were lifted from the book and placed on the big screen.
Any Twilight fan can see how far these films have come since the first installment. The acting has improved and the chemistry between Robert Pattinson (Twilight) and Kristen Stewart (Twilight) has intensified. The two successfully pull the audience in, gaining an emotional response from the strongly-conveyed pain in Edward’s eyes when they fall on Bella’s suffering.
This film also allows viewers to see more into the lives of the Cullen family. The group of vampires was featured in the previous films for only a few moments at most; however, they are now present throughout the entire movie. It is intriguing to see how they are finally able to live and interact with Bella and others.
The film also goes into great detail about what it’s like to be inside one of the werewolves’ heads, exploring more of their world and their culture, such as wolf telepathy and imprinting.
This movie is worth seeing; however, viewers with weak stomachs should be warned that Breaking Dawn is the bloodiest film in the franchise. Unfortunately it is essential to understanding the plot, so viewers should be sure to watch as much as possible.
The most recent film was one of the strongest Twilight films to date. Regardless of whether you’re a fan of the novels, this film is definitely worth seeing. Luckily, the second half of the final installment is not scheduled for release until next November, so there is plenty of time to get caught up with this enchanting saga.