Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 1: An Unintentionally Comedic, Romantic Fantasy

Posted on Friday, 30th December 2011 @ 11:30 AM by Text Size A | A | A

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As usual, the Twilight Saga did not fail to entertain… but not in the way it was intended to.

The fourth addition to the Twilight movie series was unable to successfully evoke the deep feelings felt by Kristen Stewart’s character, Bella, in the book, towards her marriage and pregnancy.

Apart from Robert Pattinson’s always convincing portrayal of love-struck Edward Cullen, the actors in the Twilight Saga disappoint. If one looks past the hype surrounding the films and their own interest in the books, it wouldn’t be difficult to separate the love for the novels from the weak performances of Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner in particular throughout the movie. It is unfortunate that the supporting actors in this film are actually far more capable of bringing their written characters to life on-screen than two of the three leading stars. The parts of Rosalie Hale and Charlie Swan, played by Nikki Reed and Billy Burke, were able to keep me interested for the few minutes they appeared. It seems that Breaking Dawn Part 1 focused solely on the development of the over-hyped honeymoon sex scene between Bella and Edward to keep their target audience interested, rather than creating a genuinely good movie that stayed true to the novel. I think it’s impossible to deny that the film would garner little attention if it were not based on a best-seller and filled with an attractive cast.

If Kristen Stewart were removed from the film, it would be easier to overlook the strikingly average performance of Taylor Lautner. Kristen Stewart is always expected to deliver the same face and stammer to convey every emotion, however, her new-found inability to convince me that she was genuinely in love with Edward throughout the most recent film, was so horrible that I could do nothing but laugh. In case anyone is in a rage right now, go back to the theatre and look at the screen and notice that Bella does not smile once from the beginning of the movie straight through her wedding. HOWEVER, when Jacob shows up, just before she SPRINTS towards him, the smile that spreads across her face is unmistakable.

From that point on, Bella continuously shatters the idea of true love that her relationship with Edward was meant to symbolize. From her initial reluctance and eventual, lack of enthusiasm towards her own marriage, straight down to her tearful response to the idea of not being able to have sex with her dangerous and indestructable vampire husband, seeing as it could KILL her, my jaw dropped for the worst. Her performance continued to confirm my beliefs that this film focused more on sex than love. If not for Robert Pattinson playing alongside Stewart, trying his hardest to bring meaning to their relationship, no one could convince me that Bella and Edward were anything more than an infatuated couple destined to end with Bella leaving him for Jacob, had I not read the book.

Besides Kristen Stewart’s portrayal of Bella as an indecisive teenager, enthralled by the idea of being in a relationship with a vampire an eventually becoming one, Taylor Lautner also struggled to try and show Jacob as a more mature character as he rose to leader of his wolf-pack. But I do believe in giving credit where it is due, so it would be unfair to say that Taylor Lautner’s acting hasn’t improved since his appearance in the first movie, putting his ability way beyond that of Kristen Stewart, but far beneath that of Robert Pattinson.

Despite my disappointment with the film, I did enjoy myself as I laughed continuously as this injustice to Stephanie Meyer’s work played on the big screen, so I wouldn’t go as far in my criticism as to say it was not worth the $7 I paid to see it. Perhaps Breaking Dawn Part 2 will recognize that no matter what the movie is like, everyone will run to the theatres to see it, so they can focus less on building hype and more on training their actors to deliver believable performances.



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