Twilight: Breaking Dawn - First Reviews For Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner
Twilight: Breaking Dawn will, presumably, take some money at the world's various box offices. The question is, is it any good?
The fourth film in the vampirical romance sees Edward, played with pale verve by Robert Pattinson, and Bella - the poker-faced Kristen Stewart - growing up quickly with a wedding and the prospect of bringing their very own... something... into the world. Meanwhile, wolves and mischief-making vampires continue to threaten. How can this end well? We'll have to wait for the crashing finale next year to find out, as producers have cunningly divided the final book in the series into two films, Harry Potter-style.
In the meantime, these are the first words on the street from US critics who've seen Breaking Dawn: Part One:
SCREEN DAILY: "Focusing as it does on Bella's pregnancy, Breaking Dawn: Part 1 is lighter on action than its predecessors, and not always very convincing in its incorporation of special effects. The large wolves look persuasive when together, but markedly less so in attack, when problems of scale occur. Condon also proves a sub-par director of spatial action, as a tussle between the wolves and the Cullen clan proves a jumbled mess with a shrugging emotional impact."
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: "Breaking Dawn: Part 1... feels as bloated and anaemic as Bella becomes during her pregnancy. The film is like a crab cake with three or four bits of crab surrounded by loads of bland stuffing, but many can't tell the difference or don't care, which will largely be true for its captive audience."
VARIETY: "All the more disappointing, then, that a story so pregnant with dramatic possibilities should wind up feeling like such an unconsummated opportunity. Drawn from Stephenie Meyer's polarizing, weirdly compelling fourth novel, the film is rich in surface pleasures but lacks any palpable sense of darkness or danger."
SCREEN INTERNATIONAL: "The performances in Breaking Dawn are largely soapy and melodramatic, especially from [Taylor] Lautner and to a lesser degree Pattinson."
Hmmm... not entirely convincing then, although whether this group of first impressions will deter the hordes queueing up at the cinemas around the world to feast on their favourite vampires and loved ones, must remain a very unlikely possibility.
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