I’m not going to rattle on about The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part I. My strongest impression of the movie came from watching the security people — on hand to guard against piracy — walk across the aisle separating the upper and lower seats in the large auditorium where a preview screening took place. From where I was sitting, it was both distracting and weird. The silhouettes of security guards, along with a steady stream of viewers scurrying to find seats, made it seem as if a parade of ghostly intruders were passing in front of the screen. The flow eventually stopped, allowing me to put my full attention on a movie with so much built-in fan appeal that it hardly needs reviewing.
For 27 years, Robert Denerstein was the film critic at The Rocky Mountain News. Read more of Robert's reviews at Denerstein Unleashed.
The latest edition — directed by Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) — qualifies as the creepiest of all the Twilight movies, and I don’t necessarily mean that in a good way. By now, you either don’t care or already know that a still-human Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) marry. You also know that Bella also becomes pregnant in this installment, the penultimate movie. After the nuptials, Breaking Dawn resolves into a waiting game in which the vampires try to talk Bella out of having a baby that’s growing so fast, it’s destroying her body. Jacob, the werewolf and Bella admirer played by Taylor Lautner, tries to figure out which side he’s on, while a group of his irate cohorts threatens to devour what they believe will be Bella’s evil spawn.
If you stop to think about it — and I suggest you don’t — you may find a strange bias against sexual activity in Breaking Dawn, which does offer some boldly vivid imagery (blood coursing through Bella’s veins) to go along with scenes of pure ridiculousness (wolves talking to one another in throaty, growling English). The blood becomes a little more repulsive in this edition, which may seem exceptionally preposterous to anyone outside the Twilight cult. But, then, no one outside that group is likely to venture into the movie anyway.