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Breaking Dawn Part 1: Movie Review

The book "Breaking Dawn" is one long read. One may easily justify that the final book's big screen adaptation should then be separated into two parts. It's a win-win situation. In fact, fans "may" get a fuller experience and the big guys eke out more money from the franchise. After watching "Breaking Dawn Part 1", we can say that the decision to make two films was the wrong move. Although the film does ramp up interest toward the end, most of it was unnecessarily slow and worse, pointless. Like a student who struggles to make a term paper's minimum page requirement and solves it by writing endless paragraphs with no sense, almost all scenes in "Breaking Dawn Part 1" was prolonged to death.

Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) are finally getting married. During their honeymoon, Edward and Bella finally consummate their marriage. Soon, Bella finds out that she is pregnant and it seems that her baby is actually growing in a very rapid rate. Bella and Edward also discover that the fetus inside Bella's womb is sucking her blood. Since the fetus is actually slowly killing Bella, the werewolves decide that the baby must die. Jacob (Taylor Lautner) thinks that Bella and her baby must live and join forces with the Cullen family.

"Breaking Dawn Part 1" feels more like a telenovela than a film and a bad one at that. The film primarily centers on the wedding and honeymoon of Edward and Bella. While we agree that these are important to the overall story, the time spent by the film on those two scenes alone is alarming. We can forgive the overly-melodramatic scenes if done moderately (what can you expect from a "Twilight" film in the first place? Edward acts and talks emo) but do it endlessly for more than sixty minutes with no point at all? Stop wasting our time. It's pretty obvious that they "forcibly" wanted two parts without really justifying with the material shown in Part 1 - and they actually missed out details from the book. Too bad since the acting was actually great, the effects even better and the final twenty minutes or so a thriller. It all goes to waste by 90 minutes of useless, uninspired and boring filler material. They did remove some awkward tendencies from the first two films (specifically Jacob taking of his shirt all the time) but they replaced these with way more negatives. We do know that "Breaking Dawn Part 1" is a stepping stone to a final, concluding film - we just wished they planned this more thoroughly.

Rating: 2 reels

Why you should watch it:
- the acting was actually good
- the ending was a thriller

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- most of it was boring and uninspired filler material
- melodramatic, emo and feels like a cheap telenovela

You can also watch "Breaking Dawn" in Ayala Malls Cinemas: Glorietta 4, Greenbelt3,
Alabang Town Center, Market!Market!, Marquee Mall at Angeles Pampanga,
Ayala Center Cebu and Abreeza Mall in Davao.
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