Contributed By Brian Liu and Yeo Zhi Qi
Opening with the much-anticipated vampire-mortal wedding of Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), Breaking Dawn: Part 1 jumps into the thick(et) of action with a gorgeous forest wedding. As the newly-wed Mr. and Mrs. Edward Cullen leave to consummate their wedding vows, the frustrated Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) and his pack of Lycans gather to destroy what they think will be a threat to their species—the spawn of a vampire and a mortal.
As the Twilight saga unfolds, it seems to increasingly align itself to the Gossip Girl-esque genre of pop teen drama—with sharp canines and big dogs—set in (Holly)woods.
The film’s good-looking cast does its best with a mediocre script, and Lautner succeeds once again in manufacturing barrels of hormonal teenage angst through his repeated brooding and chiseled-jaw scowls. If this is your first Twilight movie, you might be slightly disoriented, but the movie is light enough for the uninitiated to follow and enjoy, if it doesn’t first maim you with its breathless campiness.
Surprisingly, I was thoroughly entertained for the most part—besides the beautiful sets, the brilliance of digital imaging enhanced Bella’s struggle and torment during her pregnancy as she transforms from pretty young thing to skin-and-bones.
Unrealistic though the plot may be, the dramatic fight scenes, peppered with suspense made the movie a gripping and intense one, without the coma-inducing sugary love scenes of the previous instalments. Campy or not, Kristen Stewart has just made drinking blood from a Styrofoam cup the next hottest thing.