The Twilight Sage: Breaking Dawn - Part I
I won't lie, I enjoy witnessing the spectacle that is The Twilight Saga. Before you fall off your rocker, let me explain. The Twilight Saga, unlike many other vampire/werewolf love stories, is ingeniously comedic—without even trying to be.
For this first part of the Breaking Dawn installment, we are invited to Bella and Edward's highly anticipated wedding. Complete with lavish flowers and an embarrassingly awkward toast, we get to sit court side with Anna Kendrick and the rest of the unknowing students of Forks High School. But then things get weird as we tag along for the honeymoon, where the duo conceives their first child.
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While The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part I is sure to please the die hard fans of Stephanie Meyer's best-selling novel, the truth is that the film fails to live up to the literary work on which it is based. The action is lacking tenfold, and one particular scene where the wolves are growing and speaking over one another is a bit overdone to say the least.
The disc does contain a few interesting bonus features, most notably a six-part making-of documentary and a personal wedding video from Edward and Bella. There is also the standard auto commentary with director Bill Condon.
As it sits, the film does end at a good spot, in terms of the story, and should have fans lining up to catch a glimpse of the series finale later this year. While I've never been a strong supporter of the franchise, I can honestly say that by any standards this installment is one of the weaker in an indie series that will always be resting in the shadows of its origins.