Sinking Our Teeth Into Twilight, Day 4: Breaking Dawn Part 1

RT spends a week with Edward, Bella, and Jacob to see what the fuss is all about.

by | November 15, 2012 | Comments

Cat: I’m indifferent about this film because as I watched, I was fairly engrossed and not nitpicking (as much), as I’ve done in the past. At the same time, I’m bothered by the fact it took so long to get to the point. Because of how the book is written, as well as the need to please the fans, there was the filler of a wedding, a honeymoon, and then the sitting and watching of Bella as she deteriorated from the thing growing inside of her. But that last scene was pretty amazing — when she opened her eyes and we finally got to see not only what she?s been wanting, but what the fans have been looking forward to for near four movies now, I yelled out, YES!

Jeff: I was actually anticipating this one a little — after straining for epic status over the first three movies, Breaking Dawn – Part 1 allows the Twilight saga to finally start getting down to the business of wrapping things up and bringing the story to its conclusion. Of course, as you pointed out, any time these movies get to choose between building narrative momentum and stalling, they pick the latter, so the bulk of Part 1‘s running time is spent literally sitting around waiting for something to happen.

C: How great were the wedding speeches? Kudos to whoever gave these last two films some validation by weaving in funny moments here and there. I enjoyed Bella joking with Edward about him not being a virgin as well as Jessica at the wedding. Again, Kendrick’s comedic timing with her little quips brings me such joy. It’s a shame the appearance of her character has slowly dwindled over the course of these four films.

J: I thought the whole buildup to the wedding was handled pretty well, from the clever last-minute twist in Edward’s backstory to the better-late-than-never touch of sensible jitters from Bella to that sweet little moment between her and Charlie before the ceremony. And the ceremony itself includes some of the nicer touches from the series thus far, like the callback to the prom scene when Bella and Edward are standing at the altar, or the shot of the empty pews that (sort of) subtly signifies how they only have eyes for each other. Heck, we even got a nice tender, relaxed moment between Bella and Jacob after the ceremony — even if it was only used to set up the looming werewolf/vampire war that passes for a subplot in the rest of the film.

C: Frankly, I can’t stand how much Bella still needs Jake in her life to feel complete. This was oversaturated throughout the whole film as if she needs him more now that she’s married. How is Edward OK with his wife’s need for another man? And why are Jacob and Bella talking about the traditional honeymoon she plans to have with Edward — this is so far removed from how anyone with emotions would react, or what they’d put up with. To top it off, she plans to name her child Edward Jacob if she has a boy. Can someone please shake her?

J: All of this would be fine, I think, if the movies hadn’t done such a poor job of filling in the characters. Like any soap opera, Twilight attempts to use melodrama to drive home essential truths about human interaction — but as any soap writer will tell you, all of that heightened reality rings false if it isn’t fueled by believable, identifiable characters, and that’s definitely the case with these films. Bella, Edward, and Jacob constantly do things that don’t make sense; their motivations are poorly explained or simply ignored, and as a result, there’s no context to support the suspension of disbelief that the whole franchise requires. Which is to say that yes, there are a lot of people involved with these movies who deserve a good shaking.

C: A loss of words is all I can say regarding the birthing scene and whatever Edward was doing to get the baby out. How does someone even think of going there? I’m also not sure how I feel about Jake imprinting on an infant. I get that she will grow at an accelerated rate and will probably be 16 by her first birthday, but it’s still inappropriate. At this point, I’ve just learned to go with whatever crazy plot points this franchise throws at me; I almost shouldn’t be shocked.

J: Between Jacob’s imprinting on the CGI baby and centenarian Edward knocking up his teenage bride, it does seem pretty clear that Stephenie Meyer has a thing for May/December romances, but I’ve spent this series strenuously avoiding trying to untangle its troublesome sexual subtext, and I’m not about to change course now. As far as the birthing scene goes — yes, it was revolting. And I know I just promised to avoid the whole sex analysis thing, but let me just point out that it says something very strange about us as a culture when a movie like this goes out of its way to hide the naughty bits but proudly wallows in the kind of stomach-churning stuff Breaking Dawn – Part 1 presents during the birth and its aftermath.

C: As I reach the end of this watching series, I find its conclusion to be bittersweet. I really enjoyed watching these films again, and I’m super pumped to see the last installment. However, it boggles my mind that a female author would write such a manipulative, pushover female lead in this day and age. I’m not sure if it was to show how Bella went from a standoffish teenager to a sort of feisty 18 year old mom; she did become very protective of that fetus. Or was this all a metaphor about coming into one’s true self and being comfortable in your own skin, told by way of supernatural themes?

J: I like your last interpretation; in fact, I think it’s the only way you can look at these movies and make any kind of case for them being semi-effective. It won’t surprise you to hear that I’m not at all pumped to watch Breaking Dawn – Part 2, but I am hoping (probably foolishly, I know) that this is where we’ll finally lose all the dawdling exposition and get down to the business of what happens with the Volturi, how things are settled between the Cullen clan and the Quileute tribe, and where we’ll leave off with our scowly-faced leading trio.

Written by Jeff Giles and Catherine Pricci

Tag Cloud

Emmy Nominations Martial Arts TBS Drama cancelled TV series Action historical drama Film zombie Lifetime Christmas movies Baby Yoda dogs game of thrones chucky Schedule spy thriller Premiere Dates Avengers Columbia Pictures Mystery Mary Poppins Returns RT History TruTV El Rey theme song GIFs TCA 2017 stoner Best and Worst Character Guide canceled BAFTA ABC Family 21st Century Fox science fiction children's TV DirecTV unscripted scary movies Year in Review MSNBC Emmys cops Red Carpet Hear Us Out Musicals Fox News Walt Disney Pictures Ghostbusters Crunchyroll Summer Kids & Family joker space Podcast Black Mirror First Reviews Sundance TV critics cancelled Freeform BET spanish language television A24 politics Shondaland FX on Hulu period drama Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Amazon Prime Video YA comic Lucasfilm Starz south america green book Food Network parents medical drama news screenings Comedy See It Skip It serial killer harry potter PBS Pixar Rocketman VICE Cannes all-time Hulu Endgame Animation batman Comic Book Mary Tyler Moore Music Holidays AMC tv talk 2017 Box Office latino Sundance BBC One Acorn TV Fall TV rotten movies we love MTV Bravo OneApp thriller DGA Winners Superheroe 45 versus First Look Elton John Holiday biography CBS President cooking streaming elevated horror Crackle Amazon Prime crime thriller Musical dc Apple TV+ CNN award winner revenge child's play singing competition Peacock Spectrum Originals Pet Sematary natural history YouTube Red Pride Month Syfy X-Men Marvel Television cartoon Brie Larson sag awards Ellie Kemper ITV discovery Pop TV a nightmare on elm street Arrowverse Heroines Tumblr TIFF vampires true crime TLC cults series Discovery Channel The Arrangement adaptation anime Writers Guild of America sports mutant miniseries 24 frames YouTube Premium sequel BBC nature TV Ovation crime E! Valentine's Day BBC America Turner comics christmas movies Disney streaming service 71st Emmy Awards 2020 Adult Swim psychological thriller Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Reality Competition Academy Awards supernatural GoT video on demand Pop Tubi crossover Video Games 2019 halloween zero dark thirty DC Universe Winter TV Infographic Film Festival The Witch anthology aliens spinoff Star Wars 2016 cancelled television Disney Channel Calendar Epix Funimation Television Academy Hallmark Christmas movies HBO Max spain Shudder LGBTQ universal monsters PlayStation mockumentary DC Comics American Society of Cinematographers Lifetime films Christmas werewolf HBO Go TCM blockbuster spider-man FOX Sneak Peek finale Marathons documentaries richard e. Grant IFC Films History Pirates crime drama Binge Guide disaster romance Lionsgate Masterpiece teaser 2015 Tarantino ABC composers Photos PaleyFest breaking bad Vudu TCA cinemax diversity WarnerMedia Reality transformers CBS All Access Anna Paquin animated Showtime best LGBT documentary Awards Tour Black History Month foreign renewed TV shows facebook Oscars SDCC Comedy Central Spike Britbox New York Comic Con Sci-Fi justice league FX TV Land 2018 Apple TV Plus YouTube Nominations Super Bowl doctor who Western Family Amazon Studios Horror technology cars stand-up comedy indiana jones independent asian-american VH1 die hard travel TNT dceu Mudbound jamie lee curtis Classic Film reviews 20th Century Fox Women's History Month festivals zombies National Geographic mission: impossible kids Opinion what to watch USA APB Warner Bros. RT21 Logo hist Biopics Mary poppins dramedy Cosplay SundanceTV name the review Mindy Kaling Travel Channel talk show San Diego Comic-Con movie video WGN The CW Apple Disney+ Disney Plus TCA Winter 2020 Interview E3 boxoffice witnail NBC quibi Extras Country 007 binge Tomatazos comiccon ratings CMT Certified Fresh game show Fantasy Sundance Now Watching Series Trailer toy story Dark Horse Comics TV renewals hispanic Rom-Com Polls and Games directors psycho Nat Geo NYCC screen actors guild Paramount CW Seed MCU DC streaming service Amazon Spring TV Set visit Disney Plus 4/20 OWN Comics on TV Countdown sitcom Thanksgiving Universal war Rocky golden globes Teen book Esquire dragons BET Awards political drama Netflix Christmas movies ESPN Disney The Purge based on movie franchise police drama Grammys The Walking Dead free movies Stephen King GLAAD indie Netflix docudrama slashers Song of Ice and Fire comedies twilight Trophy Talk ghosts FXX Marvel canceled TV shows Nickelodeon Superheroes cancelled TV shows IFC Quiz concert Trivia Creative Arts Emmys romantic comedy casting Star Trek blaxploitation HBO satire A&E reboot adventure robots strong female leads Hallmark Cartoon Network Marvel Studios Election Turner Classic Movies VOD SXSW social media cats Captain marvel Awards movies USA Network Toys Chernobyl criterion dark Rock Paramount Network Sony Pictures