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Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 1

Twilight Series Dims
Genre: Horror
MPAA Rating: PG-13
for disturbing images, violence, sexuality/partial nudity and some thematic elements
Studio: Summit Entertainment
Runtime: 117 minutes
Our Rating:
Directed by: Bill Condon
Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Kristen Stewart, Elizabeth Reaser
Review by Diana Saenger
The stats are all on Rotten Tomatoes.com about Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1. The movie has only a 28 percent approval rating from top film critics around the country, but audience approval is 92 percent approval. Truthfully, it’s hard to argue with a $139.5 million opening weekend. So who needs critics anyway?
Nothing negative about the film can be said to fans who spent long hours outside theatres – often in the cold – waiting for the first showing at midnight. The Twilight phenomenon – continuously building since the series’ first film Twilight in 2008 – is not just for young teens as I witnessed in the screening I attended. Two young women, approximately 18-19, actually swooned out loud every time Robert Pattinson appeared on screen and when he took off his shirt I couldn’t image what they were thinking with their loud moans.
Of course, who doesn’t know this movie was about Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), a young teen human, marrying a 115-year-old vampire, Edward Cullen (Pattinson). They met in high school, which years ago spawned this question in my mind; why is a 115-year-old guy still in high school?
Other cast members basically hold their places in this saga. Jacob (Taylor Lautner) is brooding throughout but does a good job of letting everyone know he’s a part of Bella’s life – maybe forever. The wolves are over the top – and several scenes have them talking in the background of the forest while characters are having a scene and the dialogue of the wolves is unaudible.
Nikki Reed & Taylor Lautner
From the critics’ viewpoints – mine included – Part 1 lacks continuity, is much ado about nothing, far too graphic in the birth scenes, is slow, other than the nice wedding scene is boring, should not have been stretched out and once again; sees little emotion or acting ability in Stewart.  I actually found the inset scene Ellen Degeneres created on her show of her in a tub in Bella and Edward’s honeymoon suite while they are standing nearby, more entertaining than watching them.
Ashley Greene, Jackson Rathbone, Elizabeth Reaser, 
Peter Facinelli
From the fans – they’re ecstatic. One fan said, “Best of the Twilight saga so far. The sex scenes are satisfyingly hot.” So now all they have to do is keep up that enthusiasm for another year to see how this series ends and who really ends up with the baby. Non fans – don’t bother going.
Photo Credits: Summit Entertainment
Recommended Audience:
mature fans of the series
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