Teenage heartthrobs Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner returned to the big screen in thousands of cinemas at midnight on Thursday in the nation’s favourite vampire series.
It is without a doubt that millions have been eagerly anticipating the next instalment of the Twilight Saga, but whether the film lives up to the hype is another story.
It was decided that Stephenie Meyer’s final novel, Breaking Dawn, would be split into two films although it proved to be a less successful move than that of Harry Potter’s.
Directed by Bill Condon, it felt prolonged and laboured in parts but turned out to be one of the most gripping films of the Saga.
The film is centred on the wedding and honeymoon of Bella Swan (Stewart) and Edward Cullen (Pattinson) which was dragged out as much as possible with cheesy vows and mildly funny speeches.
The honeymoon is littered with corny lines and explicit love-making scenes that you wouldn’t expect to see in a 12A rated film.
The images of broken beds and torn sheets coupled with Bella’s sexual advances would cause concern to many parents of young girls who have followed the series since the seemingly innocent first film.
Unfortunately it takes quite some time to gain speed and lacked drama for a good hour which may have satisfied die hard fans but surely would have sent others to sleep.
That’s not to say it wasn’t exciting. As soon as you get through the hopelessly mushy honeymoon the film suddenly spirals into a thriller with a more serious plot.
The lives of Jacob Black (Lautner) and the rest of the wolf tribe are explored further in the second half of the film leading to a dramatic fight as the pack is forced to decide where its loyalties lie.
Breaking Dawn is definitely not for the faint-hearted – the final scene will hit you with the darker side of vampire existence that should be approached carefully by the squeamish among us.
Overall the film is one to see so don’t be fooled into thinking the cinemas are reserved for screaming teenage girls in ‘Team Jacob’ t-shirts.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn is now showing in all major cinemas in Nottingham.
By Rochelle Bisson