The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 – Movie Review

Breakind Dawn Part 1

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1

Starring: Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Ashley Greene, Dakota Fanning, Jackson Rathbone, Nikki Reed, Kellan Lutz, Billy Burke, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Xavier Samuel

Directed by Bill Condon

Rated: PG-13
Run Time: 117 mins
Genre: Drama/ Romance
3.75 frames out of 5

For Twi-Hards… it’s the most wonderful time of the year….

In the 4th installment of the Twilight Series, Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson) are getting married. In a wedding that could rival any royal, Bella and Edward vow their undying love and adoration for each other until the end of time. For those who have not read the book, the first half of the film is both of them on their honeymoon and first month or so of wedding bliss.

Or is it? At the end of Eclipse, Edward only promised to change Bella if she married him. Looks like the time table on that promise was moved up, as Bella got knocked up.

Back at home, Jacob (Taylor Lautner) is distraught that he lost Bella to Edward and now that’s she’s on honeymoon… who wants to think about all that sparkly vampire sex? For a werewolf, that’s his personal hell. When he hears that Bella is back he rushed over to the Cullen’s home to see if she had been transformed. What he finds is not what he was expecting and now they all have to find a way to save Bella before the baby kills her.


I have to admit that Breaking Dawn is my favorite book out of the series. As for the films, I really haven’t been a fan due to the abundance of bad acting and Katherine Hardwicke’s poor start of the series. With that said, I really enjoyed Part 1 of the film. They did get a few things right (one would hope so this far into the series) like the wedding looked great, the transformation scene was well done and they ended it at a perfect spot. They didn’t deviate too far away from the book, (a total relief) and only had a few added scenes for added story enhancement which worked well. Alice’s hairstyle is different in this film, which should have been done in the first film as it is closer to what was described in Twilight. For Team Edward fans, the Honeymoon scenes will please you but felt a little uncomfortable to watch in some spots due to it being so intimate, so I caution letting tweens watch. There is no shown nudity but the way it is cut, looks pretty steamy.

Things to watch for: Great transformation effects for Bella; Stay during the credits as there is a bonus scene setting up Part 2.

Who should see this movie: Team Edward or Team Jacob Fans, Twi-Hards, Twi- Moms, Tweens or anyone resembling a tw- prefix in their demographic.

See it in the Theater or Rent it on DVD: Do I really have to answer? If you are a fan, you are already there.

About Lisa Minzey

Lisa Minzey is Editor in Chief of The Reel She has written for Phoenix Film Foundation, an online contributor for and is known to write a screenplay or 12. She's worked in Hollywood in various forms, but her first love is writing. She currently resides in Los Angeles.

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