Some spoilers included!
At long last, the finale of the “Twilight” franchise has finally arrived onto the big screen. This time, Bill Condon (Dreamgirls in 2006) takes the hot seat of as director.
From a fangirl standpoint, this is the moment that Twilight fans have been waiting for: Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) get married, after a series of setbacks and courtships. The set design of the wedding made it a particularly romantic vibe with white flowers draping from trees and just around the garden, as well as some familiar faces; the friends and family of the bride and groom. Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) whom we see after the wedding is a happy friend for both Bella and Edward, until Bella tells him that she will remain a human when she goes on a honeymoon with Edward. Dismayed, Jacob tries to stop Bella from going with Edward as he presumes that her now husband could potentially kill her. Edward and Bella head to Rio De Janeiro, anyway, for their honeymoon.
In the two-hour duration of the film, not a lot happens. What is covered in this film is actually quite limited compared to the previous films where the movie features plenty of scenes that took place in a variety of locations. In Breaking Dawn Part 1, after Rio De Janeiro, most scenes just took place in the Cullens’ house and the forest where the werewolves can be found.
The film is all about Edward and Bella worrying about their future together as husband and wife, as the werewolves go against Bella and Jacob tries to protect his friend.
Bella eventually gets pregnant with a half vampire, half human baby. Tension arises between Edward and Jacob — again.
The bigger Bella’s womb grows, the sicker she becomes. The acting between Stewart and the rest of the Cullens can be somewhat comedic at times, and I thought that Condon executed that well. For example, the speeches at the weddings given by the bride and groom’s family friends, as well as Bella coming up with names for their future child were pretty funny scenes.
Unlike in the previous Twilight films where the werewolves’ scenes and actions were fast and furious and strongly captured in the screen, Breaking Dawn Part 1 does not really give that same effect. The werewolves were not the main focus of the film and didn’t have a ton of screen time.
The last scene in the movie shows Bella’s eyes turning red, and it brings a lot of mixed messages for the audience. The director certainly did an awesome job on this, as he keeps the viewers guessing how this will turn out in the next film.
When all is said and done, fans that have supported “The Twilight Saga” from the books to the movies will be in for a treat. As Taylor Lautner has said in a promotional interview, “if you read Breaking Dawn, you’ll most likely see it come to life on this film!”