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Breaking Dawn Part 1 Should Have Been Branded A Comedy

Breaking Dawn Part 1 Should Have Been Branded A Comedy

Many of you will probably have been put off watching the latest film installment of the Twilight saga after the atrocious reviews that it has received (the film only received a rating of one star from The Guardian); however, I can’t say that I’m surprised at the film’s less than warm reception because Twilight is just one of those movies that critics love to hate.

Twilight is a phenomenon that has spread across the globe with frightening speed and whether or not you were caught in the vampire storm, you’re sure to have heard of Edward Cullen, Bella Swan, and Jacob Black. (If you haven’t … you must be living under a rock.) Twilight has always puzzled me because the books aren’t that good, the movies aren’t that good, and the characters aren’t that likeable, and yet I still found myself riding the wave of Twilight hysteria. There’s just something about them. Perhaps it’s Edward’s sparkling skin that has dazed teenage girls all around the globe, who knows.

Breaking Dawn Part 1 was split into two movies because there was just too much action in the novel and it couldn’t be translated to screen within two hours. Or that’s what they said. I think what they really meant was: ‘Harry Potter did it, so we’re going to try and be cool and copy them’. No. Just no. Not cool Twilight, not cool. Whilst there has been a long standing Harry Potter-Twilight debate, there really is no competition. The story of the boy who lived captured hearts around the globe and the world had never seen a story like it. Twilight on the other hand, is misconstrued as the story that started the vampire phenomenon, when, in fact, the truth lies far from this. Take The Vampire Diaries as an example: The Vampire Diaries and Twilight have quite a lot in common, both involve hot teen vampires intent on staying on the straight and narrow, both involve vampire-human relationships, and both involve complicated love triangles (a love arrowhead would actually be a better description). However, what a large percentage of the world doesn’t know, is that The Vampire Diaries came first, in fact it was published fourteen years prior to the publication of Twilight.

Now onto the review…

Breaking Dawn got a lot, and I mean a lot, of bad reviews, but it really wasn’t that bad.  To be fair I used to be absolutely obsessed with Twilight so I’m not exactly unbiased but my obsession has almost died away and I still thought the movie was alright. It did take my quite by surprise though because it was really quite a graphic movie, at least it suggested, and sometimes showed, many horrific things. In the UK the film is rated as a 12, but I firmly disagree with this and think that it should be made a 15 – people in America were having seizures! I think that says enough. Another thing – Edward breaks the bed, if you know what I’m saying. I highly doubt many parents of 12 year olds really want to explain to their children why he broke the bed.


The film starts with Bella’s marriage to Edward Cullen. Then, of course, they fly off to Rio for their romantic honeymoon and everything is well until Bella realises that she’s two weeks late. Bella and Edward clearly hadn’t been using contraception as they didn’t believe that vampire/human babies were even possible. Much to Edward’s horror, Bella decides to keep the baby; however, the vampire-human hybrid growing inside of Bella is a lot stronger than she is and so she goes through much pain and discomfort and her life is endangered. When the wolf pack hears about Bella’s pregnancy, they decide it is a threat to humanity and it must be killed. Jacob, still in love with Bella, cannot accept this and breaks away from the wolf pack. For those of you who don’t already know how the story goes, I won’t ruin it for you, but for people who’ve already read the book, I’d say it’s pretty obvious where the cut off point for Breaking Dawn part 1 is.


One thing the movie did for me, was it highlighted the ludicrousness of some of the things that happen in the book. When you’re in the ‘Twilight‘ zone and getting into the story, you sort of go with the flow and everything seems normal, but when someone actually says the lines out loud, you realise how ridiculous they are. For example, Bella’s decision to name her daughter Renesmee if it’s a girl, and Edcob if it’s a boy seems stupid in the book, but you soon get used to it; however, when Bella actually voices these thoughts out loud, I could only laugh and laugh and laugh. Edcob? Seriously?! It is unclear whether or not this was intentional or not, but Breaking Dawn was quite a funny movie. In fact, it sort of reminded me of Hot Fuzz, because the genre was sort of comedy mixed with horror.

So onto the horror. There are some truly, truly, disturbing scenes in Breaking Dawn, so if you’re even vaguely squeamish it would probably be best if you brought a pillow to hide behind. I love horror movies, but, not gonna lie, Breaking Dawn had some freaky s*** in it. Towards the end of the movie, there is a lot of blood, Bella turns into what can only be described as an actual skeleton and then there’s the actual birthing scene. Oh the horror. Those who’ve read the book will know that Edward rips the baby out of Bella – using his teeth. Sure, that’s fairly disturbing to read, but actually seeing RPattz with blood all round his mouth holding a bloody baby will probably haunt me for the rest of my life.

As expected, the acting was horrendous. No matter how good a person is at acting, I think that when they’re cast into a movie like Twilight, they leave all their talent behind. I have seen many other films and television shows that the cast of Twiligt have starred in so I know that they’re all very talented and it is a shame that they weren’t able to showcase their talents.

I can’t really say whether or not I would recommend this to others because I think this is just one of those movies that people will love or hate and almost everybody will already have preconceptions of it. If you’re already a Twilight fan, then you’re almost certainly going to go down to the cinema to watch it this holiday, but brace yourselves for what you will see. If you haven’t watched the previous Twilight movies, then this is definitely the wrong one to start with and it will give you completely the wrong impression of the Twilight Saga. If you’ve seen the other movies, but you don’t know what’s going to happen in Breaking Dawn, then you’re in for a show! Despite it’s bad reviews, I still found Breaking Dawn a fairly entertaining, humorous, though slightly disturbing film.

Watch Breaking Dawn Part 1 online here

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  1. artslover
    22nd December 2011 / 1:36 AM

    I agree with your comments about the film rating- judging by the birth scenes alone I would place it higher than a 12A. Check out my short article on 'Breaking Dawn' and its unintentional (?) humour

  2. Katelcy8407
    23rd December 2011 / 4:43 PM

    yeah, the movie was REALLY BAD. But you have to give hollywood some credit, because the books were worse! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Briana(:
    30th December 2011 / 11:01 PM

    I thought the movie would have been good, I even made my little brother go watch it with me, because my friends all hate twilight! The book is a million times better, and dont even get me started on Kristen Stewart! In each movie, her awkwardness seems to pain me! lol ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. Rhian Westbury
    10th March 2016 / 4:43 PM

    I didn’t really like the breaking dawn part 1, in all honesty I wasn’t a fan of any of the movies, they weren’t a patch on the books x

    • 11th March 2016 / 9:34 AM

      The books were definitely better – they always are!

  5. georgina davies
    10th March 2016 / 5:07 PM

    Twilight, the books and films are my guilty pleasure, I think they just got a bad rap to be honest they weren’t that bad lol x

    • 11th March 2016 / 9:34 AM

      They used to be my guilty pleasure a long time ago and then I suddenly snapped out of it!

  6. 10th March 2016 / 6:15 PM

    I really struggled to enjoy the film, a friend told me to read the books instead at they were much better.

  7. 10th March 2016 / 6:58 PM

    Oh dear, this sounds like one to give a miss! I’ve read one of the Twilight books but can’t say I was desperate to go onto watch the film. I guess it depends how hot you find the actor!

    • 11th March 2016 / 9:35 AM

      The books are definitely better.. When some of the scenes are put on the big screen they are simply ridiculous!

  8. 10th March 2016 / 8:14 PM

    oh I just cant get away with this but my teens love it for some reason

    • 11th March 2016 / 9:35 AM

      I don’t know many teens who weren’t a little obsessed with Twilight at some point!

  9. Beth
    10th March 2016 / 9:13 PM

    I was a bit so and so when I was watching the film. This is a great review and I do agree with you

    • 11th March 2016 / 9:36 AM

      Yep so and so sums it up to be honest. Not that bad, but not that great.

  10. Melanie Edjourian
    10th March 2016 / 10:03 PM

    I haven’t read any of the books but I saw all the films, they were ok but could have been cast better for a start.

    • 11th March 2016 / 9:36 AM

      Given how long ago these films were made, I now cannot imagine anyone else playing their roles!

  11. Helen Clark
    10th March 2016 / 10:28 PM

    Twilight is one of my guilty pleasures, I loved the books so had to love the films too. The end scene was pretty disturbing though!

    • 11th March 2016 / 9:36 AM

      SO disturbing! That’s why I was so shocked to find out that this is only a 12 in the UK!

  12. 10th March 2016 / 10:40 PM

    Now I know what to expect if I ever see this movie. I think I saw the first film but nothing after that.

    • 11th March 2016 / 9:37 AM

      Good for you Liz – glad that you didn’t waste your time!!!!

  13. Bex Smith
    10th March 2016 / 10:45 PM

    Steve has watched all of the movies, I’ve seen bits and pieces of them all. I’m not a fan of what I’ve seen

    • 11th March 2016 / 9:38 AM

      I’m not surprised! I think if you want to get into them, you’ve got to really immerse yourself in Twilight but to be honest, it’s not worth it!

  14. 10th March 2016 / 11:03 PM

    I have seen all the movies in the series. I kind of miss them now.

    • 11th March 2016 / 9:37 AM

      It did feel like the end of an era for me when they ended! Much like Harry Potter </3

  15. 11th March 2016 / 1:15 AM

    I have to admit I’ve seen all the movies, because I sort of couldn’t look away from them.. But they are far from great in my opinion. x

    • 11th March 2016 / 9:38 AM

      I feel the same! Couldn’t resist watching them but really wasn’t that impressed…

  16. Laura
    11th March 2016 / 1:32 AM

    I actually really enjoyed these films and its really not my kind of genre xxx

    • 11th March 2016 / 9:39 AM

      I enjoyed the first one and then I think it just went downhill from there :/

  17. Elizabeth
    11th March 2016 / 8:02 AM

    I watched the first of these films. I just can’t accept the whole glittering vampire thing, lol! I’m a Lost Boys kinda vampire gal. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • 11th March 2016 / 9:33 AM

      Never heard of the Lost Boys before – what’s that?!

      • Elizabeth
        11th March 2016 / 10:15 AM

        Only THE classic vampire film – 1987. Different generation. Proper vampires. ๐Ÿ˜‰

        • Charli Louise Bruce
          12th March 2016 / 10:36 AM


  18. 11th March 2016 / 9:42 AM

    Can’t say I am a fan of these films, a friend took me to one of them, I think it was the last one? I also never read the books, my students are big fans though.

  19. Gav Achpalea
    11th March 2016 / 10:39 AM

    I have only watched the first part of this series.

  20. Becca Jane
    11th March 2016 / 10:44 AM

    Well thanks for confirming it’s a movie I don’t need to see lol!!

  21. 11th March 2016 / 11:26 AM

    I’ve never been interested in Twilight but you almost got me hooked with the first two – three paragraphs. And then you mentioned the horror side of the movie, so I will remain unenlightened. But I do thank you for bringing some more clarity on the topic (I never really understood why everyone was obsessed with vampires).

    • 14th March 2016 / 10:48 AM

      I was totally obsessed with vampires but I still don’t understand why :/ It’s strange how people seem to ignore the ‘horror’ aspect of this film which is supposedly aimed at teens :/

  22. Jessie
    11th March 2016 / 11:29 AM

    I have only seen the first movie, but read all 4 books. Now I’m a bit curious to see it. Thanks for an amazing review! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 14th March 2016 / 10:48 AM

      The books are definitely much better than the films so I wouldn’t get your hopes up!

  23. francesca
    11th March 2016 / 12:18 PM

    You know what I’ll always be a secret twilight fan!! haha shoot me! I agree though the acting sucks, especially that of kristen stewart, I’ve seen her in a few other things too but really don’t understand how she lands jobs, she seems pretty emotionless and not the right fit for twilight!

    • 14th March 2016 / 10:48 AM

      I’m not really sure how she got the job either! She’s really not very good in anything she does but perhaps that’s why we haven’t heard anything about her in a while!

  24. ratisha goyal
    11th March 2016 / 12:19 PM

    I’m a die hard Twilight fan! I just live by its background score. Magical it is. Loved your review. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 14th March 2016 / 10:46 AM

      I will agree with you there – The score is pretty damn good!

  25. Reviews By Jay
    11th March 2016 / 1:21 PM

    I feel the same way it seems like some movies that receive bad reviews have turned out to be the best and some that had raving reviews I felt like I was just robbed at gun point.. like saying just take my money but let me out of this horrible nightmare of I don’t know what. I liked the whole twilight saga myself

    • 14th March 2016 / 10:47 AM

      I spent waayyy too much on random Twilight merch when I was younger but I loved it at the time so no regrets I suppose!

  26. Lynn Blackmar
    11th March 2016 / 3:00 PM

    A friend of mine recommended the first book to me before it was popular, telling me it was so awesome. I got to the end and wondered where the awesome was supposed to be. The movies were even worse. I didn’t even make it to BD1, but stopped halfway through the second one. But maybe I should watch it as a comedy?

    • 14th March 2016 / 10:43 AM

      I was obsessed with the books at the time as I got caught up in the hype but by the time the movies came around, I had recovered my sanity!! Yes if you’re looking for a comedy, I’d highly recommend these films ๐Ÿ˜‰

  27. 11th March 2016 / 4:56 PM

    I have never seen or read the Twilight series. I suppose it’s not on my taste, I am not a fan of vampire series. However, your review was really nice.

    • 14th March 2016 / 10:42 AM

      Glad you didn’t waste your time on this over-hyped series Joanna!

  28. Anna
    11th March 2016 / 7:24 PM

    Word!!!!! Finally someone with brains,my friend is been obsessing with it since the first book came out and honestly I was like a novel about vampires who shine at daylight, not my kind of thing. I didnt read the books but I only watched the last movie and honestly I the acting was horrible especially Kristen Stewards absolutely blunt no emotion or whatsoever. Love your review!!!!

    • 14th March 2016 / 10:42 AM

      She is so so bad at acting in Twilight! It’s weird because I’ve seen her in some other stuff and she’s not *that* bad. Evidently no effort went into Twilight at all!

  29. 11th March 2016 / 8:19 PM

    I’ve never actually watched all of the films all the way through.

  30. 11th March 2016 / 10:10 PM

    I have read the books but I always finds the films can’t portray them in the same light and leave me disappointed.

    • 14th March 2016 / 10:41 AM

      Too true :/ However, I think the adaptations were exceptionally bad in this case!

  31. EG Green
    12th March 2016 / 5:59 AM

    I actually really enjoyed the first twilight film but walked out mid-movie during the second one and haven’t really looked back since. I’m not surprised that Edward and Bella finally got married though…He’s one character that I always liked because he has such an awesome name (you can probably guess what the “E” in my name stands for now)

    • 14th March 2016 / 10:41 AM

      Hahaha oh yes the second one was pretty bad and no they don’t get any better!

  32. Charli Louise Bruce
    12th March 2016 / 10:39 AM

    I love this! I read all the books and I watched all the movies, I was angry at the movies because I loved the books at first. By the time Breaking Dawn came out I was so over it and just watched for the fact I had watched them all, its an okay movie but I definitely found myself laughing at it and thinking Bella just looks constipated throughout all 5 of the movies haha!

    • 14th March 2016 / 10:40 AM

      Yep yep, you’ve summed up exactly how I felt! Loved the books, disappointed by the movies, now they’re just rather funny! xD

  33. 12th March 2016 / 1:02 PM

    I have still not yet seen any of the movies past the first one. I thought the first one was okay, and began to read the books. I quit halfway through book #2. Let me just say, the books seem like they are written by a 5 year old girl. So pair that up with the “stellar” acting abilities of Kristen Stewart and you can see why I did not continue my journey. I was told that they are a means to an end, though, since the final 2 movies are very good and you need them to understand fully. I will be watching them soon…

    • 14th March 2016 / 10:45 AM

      Hm I’m not sure I’d even call the first books a means to an end! To be honest I think it just gets worse as time goes on. The books are better for sure but not by much.

  34. 12th March 2016 / 11:33 PM

    Lol I think the books was better than the tv films yet Stephanie Meyer is capable of so much more. Have you read or watched the Host? Underrated but so much better than the Twilight series x

    • 14th March 2016 / 10:39 AM

      Yes The Host is so much better!! Never been able to understand why it wasn’t as popular :/

  35. 13th March 2016 / 9:23 AM

    Great way to write about this. I haven’t seen all of the movies here so maybe I should see them first ๐Ÿ™‚

    — I travel and blog at http://www.iamvagabond.com

    • 14th March 2016 / 10:39 AM

      Not sure they’re worth it to be honest haha!

  36. WittyLittleLiar
    13th March 2016 / 10:15 AM

    I have to say they were my guilty pleasures, I don’t enjoy them quite as much anymore though haha.

    • 14th March 2016 / 10:39 AM

      To be honest I’d completely forgotten this series even existed until recently!

  37. Mr Tom James
    14th March 2016 / 10:41 AM

    I absolutely love this review, I’ve actually never watched a Twilight film and when people find out they find it hard to believe and when they try and explain the concept they are so enthusiastic they get carried away and I’m left confused. I will definitely be watching now thank you so much for the review.

  38. cromateu
    14th March 2016 / 2:43 PM

    Coming back again and replying …I never liked this movie..I watched it in theater with my sister and we both as well as the whole crowd had lots of fun by cracking jokes on all scenes
    Mini Noms

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