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The Twilight Saga: The Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011)

The Quileutes close in on expecting parents Edward and Bella, whose unborn child poses a threat to the Wolf Pack and the towns people of Forks.

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The Twilight Saga: The Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011) Reviews

The Twilight movies have devoted three episodes to Bella Swan’s clinging to her virginity despite the compelling appeal of Edward Cullen, the vampire. Now comes “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1,” in which you have to give her credit: She holds out until after her wedding. Then she and Edward fly to Brazil and a luxurious honeymoon hideaway on the beach, where the morning after her wedding night she is black and blue with bruises, the frame of the bed is broken, all of the furniture is tossed around and the draperies are shredded. Good gravy! What happened?
We have no idea. The movie doesn’t show us! Yes, the most eagerly awaited deflowering in recent movie history takes place entirely off-screen. That something momentous took place is indicated 14 days after the wedding ceremony, when Bella (Kristen Stewart) urps in the morning and discovers she is pregnant. Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) may have been dead for more than a century, but he’s still producing industrial-strength sperm. Can humans and vampires mate? What’s the blood chemistry on that? What will be in the wee one’s bottle? Milk, or the unthinkable?Despite these scientific conundrums, “Breaking Dawn – Part 1” is absorbing, if somewhat slow-paced, and has without doubt the most blood-curdling scene of live childbirth in a PG-13 movie. Probably the sight of Bella and Edward demolishing the bedroom would have tipped it over into R territory.

The first half is slow and dreamy, as wedding preparations get underway. If you recall the lore from the earlier films, you’ll know that marriage to Edward means Bella must become a vampire herself, which any groupie who has slept with Gene Simmons will understand. It’s a lovely wedding, with blossom-laden trees framing a lakeside altar. Bella’s father Charlie (Billy Burke) is not entirely happy; his toast includes genial mention that should harm befall Bella he has a gun and knows how to use it. But he puts on a brave face while propelling Bella down the aisle. Edward awaits her, looking in pain as usual.

We get shots of the smiling guests. Many are familiar from the previous movies, but others on both sides of the aisle are new to us. They fascinated me. What were they thinking? How many knew Bella was marrying a vampire? Were they cool with that? Did anyone wonder why Edward apparently possessed not a single relative older than himself?

Back again is Bella’s best friend Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner), who you recall is now a shape-shifter who turns into a wolf. Enraged by Bella’s pregnancy, he summons his pack. The wolves, it must be said, are underwhelming as a pack. They become huge ferocious beasts with sharp fangs, and hurtle at top speed through the forest, and… well, that’s about it. They’re always hurtling somewhere. Hurtle, hurtle.

Given that he had nine months to prepare for the big event, I can’t say Edward trained himself carefully for the home delivery. The sum of his medical training seems to have been a viewing of “Pulp Fiction” in which he learned about a real big needle you can plunge into someone’s chest with great results.Kristen Stewart is really pretty good here, although like almost all actresses she believes pregnant women rub their baby bumps unceasingly. I would have liked more scenes developing her thoughts about married life. Although the possibility of an abortion is hinted at, we never learn her thinking on this question: Does a vampire baby have a soul? Does it have a right to life although, technically, it’s half dead? Luckily, we must wait only until Nov. 16, 2012, when “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2” will open. It had better have the answers. If it doesn’t, Charlie Swan has a gun and he knows how to use it.

  • BY Roger Ebert  – Roger Ebert
  • Roger Ebert was the film critic of the Chicago Sun-Times from 1967 until his death in 2013. In 1975, he won the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished criticism

 

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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 (2011)

Rated PG-13 for disturbing images, violence, sexuality/partial nudity and some thematic elements

117 minutes

Cast

Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan

Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen

Taylor Lautner as Jacob Black

Billy Burke as Charlie Swan

Peter Facinelli as Dr. Carlisle Cullen

Elizabeth Reaser as Esme Cullen

Kellan Lutz as Emmett Cullen

Nikki Reed as Rosalie Hale

Jackson Rathbone as Jasper Hale

Ashley Greene as Alice Cullen

Directed by

  • Bill Condon

Screenplay by

  • Melissa Rosenberg

 

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The Twilight Saga: The Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011) Plot

A few months after the events of the previous film, it is the day of Bella Swan and Edward Cullen’s wedding. They happily exchange vows and are married. During the reception, Jacob Black, who had left town upon receiving an invitation to the wedding, returns. Bella is pleasantly surprised to see him, and they share a dance in the woods. Bella admits that she and Edward plan to consummate their marriage on their honeymoon while she is still human. Jacob becomes furious, knowing that such an act could kill her.

After the wedding, Bella and Edward travel to Isle Esme for their honeymoon, and they make love for the first time. Two weeks after the wedding, Bella vomits after waking and notices her period is late. Carlisle, Edward’s adoptive father, is told by Bella she believes she is pregnant. Edward is distraught, as it is highly unlikely a human will survive giving birth to a vampire’s baby.

Edward tells Bella Carlisle should perform an abortion; she refuses, and convinces Edward’s sister, Rosalie, to be her bodyguard. They fly back home to Forks, Washington. Jacob rushes to the Cullens’ house and finds Bella pale, underweight, and visibly pregnant. He is upset by Bella’s failing health, saying Carlisle should terminate the pregnancy as soon as possible to save her life. Bella opts to continue her pregnancy.

Jacob storms out of the Cullens’ residence, shapeshifting and arranges a meeting in the woods with his packmates regarding Bella’s pregnancy. Sam believes the baby will not be able to control its craving for human blood once it is born. He thinks they should kill Bella to ensure that her unborn child does not harm anyone. Jacob does not want any harm to come to Bella because he still has feelings for her and she has done nothing wrong. Sam believes if they do not kill Bella, her unborn child will. Disagreement over this issue causes Jacob and a few other wolves to disperse from Sam’s pack to form their own.

As Bella’s pregnancy progresses, her health declines rapidly. However, a snide comment from Jacob makes her realize the baby is craving blood. When she begins drinking human blood obtained by Carlisle from the hospital, her health improves. Bella’s pregnancy continues to progress at an alarming rate; as a half-vampire, the fetus’s development is far more accelerated than that of a human fetus. Edward’s dislike for the baby dissolves as he notices he can read the baby’s thoughts.

Bella is sharing her ideas about baby names with Edward and Jacob when she collapses. Edward, Jacob, and Rosalie begin performing an emergency cesarean section, as Carlisle is out obtaining blood. The procedure is excruciatingly painful for Bella, and she falls unconscious. Following the procedure, Bella wakes up and sees her healthy newborn daughter. After she chooses Renesmee (a combination of her mother’s name and Edward’s mother’s name) as the baby’s name, Bella’s heart stops.

Jacob desperately attempts CPR. Edward injects Bella’s heart with his venom in an attempt to transform her into a vampire, but his action appears to be futile as Bella remains lifeless. Panicked, Edward begins chest compressions. A distraught Jacob decides to kill Renesmee, as he believes she was the cause of Bella’s death; however, when they look into each other’s eyes, he imprints on her. The imprint prevents the werewolves from killing Renesmee, as their most absolute law is not to harm anyone who has been imprinted on.

Bella is cleaned and dressed. Over the course of two days, her injuries heal and her figure returns to normal. Finally, the transformation is complete; her eyes open, and they are blood-red. Bella has become a vampire.

In a post-credits scene, the Volturi’s secretary, Bianca, delivers a message from Carlisle. Aro reads the message, which basically states about Bella and Edward’s wedding and Bella’s transformation into a vampire. Aro has Bianca killed by Demetri and Felix for spelling Carlisle’s name without an ‘s’. The two other Volturi banter about how Carlisle is growing his coven and that the Volturis’ dispute with the Cullens is over. However, Aro disagrees, saying they still have something he wants.

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The Twilight Saga: The Breaking Dawn Part 1  (2011) Box office

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 grossed $281,287,133 in North America and $430,884,723 in other countries, bringing its worldwide total to $712,171,856.It earned a franchise-best $291.0 million on its worldwide opening weekend, marking the tenth-largest worldwide opening of all time.It reached $500 million worldwide in 12 days, a record time for the franchise.It ranks as the fourth-highest-grossing film of 2011 worldwide and the second-highest-grossing film of the franchise.The film is also currently the fiftieth-highest-grossing film of all time.

 

North America 

Breaking Dawn – Part 1 (which opened on November 18, 2011 in 4,061 theaters) was projected to reap at least $140 million in its opening weekend.The film earned $30.25 million in midnight showings, which was the second-highest midnight gross ever, at the time, behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 ($43.5 million) as well as the highest midnight gross of the franchise, until it was surpassed by The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2s gross of $30.4 million.On its opening day, the movie topped the box office with $71.6 million (including midnight showings), which is the fifth-highest openingand single-daygross of all time.

On its opening weekend, Breaking Dawn – Part 1 claimed first place with $138.1 million, which was the second-highest opening weekend of the film series, at the time, behind New Moon ($142.8 million),as well as the fourth-highest November opening ever behind The Hunger Games: Catching FireNew Moon, and Breaking Dawn – Part 2.It is also the tenth-highest opening weekend of all time.The movie also had the second-best opening weekend of 2011 in North America behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 ($169.2 million).

It retained first place on its second three-day weekend, declining 70% to $41.9 million, and earned $61.8 million over the five-day Thanksgiving weekend.Breaking Dawn – Part 1 remained No. 1 for a third weekend, marking the best third-weekend gross for a Twilight film ($16.5 million)and the second film of 2011 to top the weekend box office three times, along with The Help.Closing on February 23, 2012, with $281.3 miilion, it is the third-highest-grossing movie of 2011.It is also the fourth-highest-grossing film in the series, only ahead of the first film ($192.8 million).

 

Markets outside North America 

The film earned $8.9 million in its first two days from five markets.By the end of its first weekend, it earned $152.9 million at about 9,950 locations in 54 markets, which was a new franchise high. Its biggest debut was in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Malta with £13,910,877 ($22.0 million), which was a new high for the series. It was also huge in many European and Latin American countries.

It remained in first place at the box office outside North America for three consecutive weekends.With $423.8 million, it is the highest-grossing film of the franchiseand the sixth-highest-grossing film of 2011.Its highest-grossing region after North America is the UK, Ireland, and Malta ($48.8 million), followed by Brazil ($35.0 million) and Germany ($33.1 million).

 

 

The Twilight Saga: The Breaking Dawn Part 1 Critical reception

The Breaking Dawn – Part 1 received generally negative reviews from critics. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes reports that 25% of critics (of the 207 counted reviews) gave the film a positive review with an average rating of 4.35/10, and the site’s consensus reads, “Slow, joyless, and loaded with unintentionally humorous moments, Breaking Dawn Part 1 may satisfy the Twilight faithful, but it’s strictly for fans of the franchise.” The review site Metacritic gave the film a 45 out of 100, based on reviews from 36 critics.

It is the lowest-rated installment in the franchise, which was previously New Moon. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film a “B+” grade, the audience was 80% female and 60% over 21 years old. Among females only the film received an improved “A-” grade.

Justin Chang of Variety gave the film a negative review, calling the film “disappointing”. Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter also gave the film a negative review, calling Part 1 “bloated”. Brent Simon of Screen International called the film “soapy and melodramatic”. Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian gave the film one star out of a possible five, and referred to it as the next stage of an “emo-operetta” that “sweeps us away on a new riptide of mawkish euphoria”.

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film two-and-a-half stars, saying that it is filled with a lot of unanswered questions, but calling Stewart’s portrayal of Bella “pretty good”. The television show Film 2011s Claudia Winkleman gave the film a negative review, calling it “hilarious”. Writing for Rolling Stone, Peter Travers said Breaking Dawn – Part 1 is “the worst Twilight movie yet” and thought Taylor Lautner looked like a “petulant five-year-old”.

Mary Pols of Time magazine named it one of the Top 10 Worst Movies of 2011, saying “this entry, which held within it the teasing promise of explosive consummation, instead delivered soap-opera-level dry humping in high-thread-count sheets”, and concluded, “This was the bloodiest of the Twilight movies but somehow the most bloodless.”

Conversely, Gabriel Chong of “Movie Exclusive” gave the film four stars out of a possible five, praising the dialogue, wedding and action scenes, and particularly Condon’s direction, stating, “In the hands of a lesser director, the turn of events could very well descend into farce—thankfully then, this movie has found a masterful helmsman in Condon.”

He went on to praise Stewart’s performance, calling it “mesmerising” and saying that she “makes [Bella’s] every emotion keenly felt that runs the gamut from joy, trepidation, anxiety, distress and above all quiet and resolute determination.” Mark Adams of Daily Mirror also gave the film four stars out of five and said, “The Twilight films manage to cleverly blend melodrama with supernatural thrills, and while the film is not without its silly moments and cringeworthy dialogue it does deliver the drama and emotional highs we have come to expect”.

He also praised the wedding, describing it as “beautifully staged”, and Stewart’s performance. Other positive reviewers from The New York Times and Philadelphia Inquirer said the dialogue was improving and the whole movie played out with style, while being faithful to the book and servicing hardcore fans. MSN Entertainment critic Alaina O’Connor gave Condon some praise for bringing “a certain visual elegance that helps with some of the more-absurd elements of the story.” O’Connor also felt that the film did a good job of “examining the relationship between Edward and Bella”, but felt that the narrative was weak otherwise.

The film was also ranked the tenth best film of 2011 by E!. Will Brooker, writing for Times Higher Education, makes the case that Breaking Dawn has a feminist element, stating that it “reverse(s) the embedded cinematic conventions of male voyeur and female-as-spectacle”, and that “the lack of attention to (Bella) as sex object is remarkable.”

The film also drew both criticism and praise for having what was seen as a pro-life theme. Natalie Wilson, writing for the Ms. magazine blog, described what she saw as the book’s “latent anti-abortion message” as “problematic from a feminist perspective” and found this element “heightened, not diminished, in the film”, citing scenes in which Rosalie scolds Alice for using the word “fetus”.

Richard Lawson of The Atlantic said that Bella’s pregnancy “serves as the narrative dais from which Meyer, and in complicity Condon and the screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg, delivers a startlingly direct and uncovered anti-abortion sermon”, adding “it seems there was no escaping the firmly anti-choice themes of this leg of the story, and so we must sit and grumble while sickly Bella is scored by plaintive strings as she chooses the one true moral path”

Neil Morris of Independent Weekly said that the film “takes up a radically pro-life mantle when Bella refuses to abort her baby, even though her life may depend on it”. Sandie Angulo Chen of Moviefone described the “bulk” of the film as “one long pro-life debate”, in which “Bella says it’s her body, her choice (terms usually used in the pro-choice movement), but her decision is pro-life to the extreme, because the baby can and will kill her”.

In contrast, John Mulderig of the Catholic News Service praised the “strongly pro-life message being conveyed via Bella’s unusual plight”, saying it “presents a welcome counterpoint to the all-too-frequent motif in popular entertainment whereby pregnancy is presented as a form of disease or an almost unbearable curse”.

In an interview with Screen Rant, screenwriter Rosenberg addressed the perception of an anti-abortion message in the film, stating, “If I could not find my way into it that didn’t violate my beliefs (because I am extremely pro-choice very outspoken about it, very much a feminist) I would not have written this move [sic]. They could have offered me the bank and I still wouldn’t have. In order to embrace it I had to find a way to deal with it. I also had no interest in violating Stephenie’s belief system or anyone on the other side”.

On February 25, Breaking Dawn – Part 1 was nominated for eight Razzie Awards, including: Worst Picture; Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel; Worst Screen Ensemble; Worst Director (for Bill Condon); Worst Screenplay; Worst Actor (for Taylor Lautner), and Worst Actress (for Kristen Stewart). The Worst Screen Couple award for Kristen Stewart with either Taylor Lautner or Robert Pattinson was also included. The film lost all categories to Jack and Jill.

 

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The Twilight Saga: The Breaking Dawn Part 1  Movie Info

At last, Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson) are getting married. When Jacob (Taylor Lautner) finds out that Bella wants to spend her honeymoon as a human, he is horrified — for Edward’s passion could accidentally kill her. Bella does indeed survive her honeymoon, but a new complication arises when she discovers that she’s pregnant — and the child is growing at an alarming rate. The pregnancy sets the wolves against Bella and Edward, but Jacob vows to protect his friend.

 

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