Where oh where do I begin.
I’d say there are spoilers ahead, but most have already read it or know what’s going to happen, and if you haven’t and don’t want to know – then stop reading now.
For those that need a synopsis, Breaking Dawn: Part 1 picks up where the previous 3 installments had lead up to, the wedding between Bella and Edward. The wedding then leads up to their highly anticipated honeymoon and, of course, what comes out of a honeymoon night? Demon baby!
As I’ve mentioned in the past, the first three books are somewhat “believable”, in that I can suspend my disbelief. This last book, I literally wanted to hurl it out the window. So ridiculous – I felt, completely jumping the shark. That being said, I didn’t have extremely high expectations for this movie.
Let’s start with the good points. Yes, Jacob rips his shirt off within the first 5 seconds. Yes, the guys all look ever-so-handsome. Yes, the wedding (and Bella’s dress) looks gorgeous. There are some great, intentionally funny moments – especially with Bella’s dad, Charlie.
On to the parts that I’ve dubbed “cheese-fest”. The wolves telepathically speaking to one another was one of the most ridiculous scenes I’ve ever seen. It makes it worse (or even funnier) that they’re trying to be all tough and serious, snarling at each other with voiceovers saying “I will never bow down to you!” “You have to listen to me!” Oh jeez. Hilarious. The imprinting is almost (ALMOST) just as equally cheesy. I guess, to give the filmmakers credit, the story itself in this book is pretty ridiculous and cheesy… so they have to work with what they got.
I remember reading the birthing scene and being completely grossed out (to which my former roommate reminded me that yes, she remembers hearing me in the other room going “UGH!! WTF?! GROSS!“) and this was nothing different. Wendy (of A Cupcake and a Latte) and I had to look away and cringed during that moment. Okay yes, maybe it was well done – but a little TOO well done. It was gross.
I still can’t believe these three have a star on the walk of fame. Taylor Lautner is probably the best actor of the three… And I’ve said it before, but Kristen Stewart has one look! She’s like Zoolander!! (“I feel like I’m taking crazy pills!!“)
All-in-all though, it was entertaining.. UBER cheesy, more so than the past three, but the laughs (intentional and not) make it bearable… best comedy of 2011!
Rating: ★ ★ ☆ (2.5/5 stars)
– I guess I need to clarify, I didn’t go out and purchase midnight screening tickets only to make fun of it… it was some preview passes I got through work.