By: Sasha Jimenez
The much anticipated movie for all Twilight-lovers, Breaking Dawn: Part 1 was finally released on November 18, 2011. Being the fourth and last installment in the Twilight Saga, fans everywhere were more than excited and raced to buy their ticket for the midnight showing, which was sold out in most theaters acrossAmerica. Due to the length of the last book, Breaking Dawn is split into two parts to respectfully portray the story as fully as possible with all its drama and content.
In this movie, Edward and Bella have a fairy-tale wedding and elude together to an exotic island for their honeymoon. Obviously enjoying their stay greatly, Bella soon realizes she is pregnant, and the two newlyweds flee back home. They seek aid from Edward’s adopted father,Carlisle. However, Bella’s health starts to deteriorate as the fetus is fast-growing, powerful, and slowly killing her. All the while, Jacob (who is still in love with Bella) has rebelled from his wolf pack in order to protect the Cullens, Bella, and the new half-vampire, half-human baby. All the drama is relentless and there is much more to come.
Opening week, Breaking Dawn dominated the box office with an excellent domestic gross of $221.3 million and worldwide gross of $489.3 million. Domestically, the movie trails behind the second installment, New Moon, which earned $230 million. The last installment of the Twilight Saga also did not surpass the domestic gross of its competitor Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 which earned $295 million.
There has been a variety of reviews and critiques on the movie; however, that is based solely on opinion. Critic Dan Metcalf gave the movie a C- grade, describing that he is not a fan of the movies or the books; He states that Twilight fans would be satisfied with the romantic and drama-filled content. For everyone else, unfortunately, he states it all just seems to be long, drawn out love scenes with only slight action at the end. Despite all the reviews, Breaking Dawn: Part 2 is set to come out around the same time next year, and most will be waiting on the edge of their seats for the release.