Gloom Engulfs ‘Breaking Dawn’

BreakingDawn.jpgAs Breaking Dawn draws fans to the theaters for Summit Entertainment’s release of the latest installment of The Twilight Saga, KIDS FIRST! youth film critics Daniel and Jonah Menegaz (age 13) each share a thoughtful analysis of the movie.

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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Park 1
Reviewed by Daniel Menegaz

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 is the first half of the final installment of the Twilight Saga movies based on the novel by Stephenie Meyer that has gripped the nation since Twilight first came out on print. It is the tortured love story between Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), the vampire.

In this first part, Bella gets married and then gets pregnant on her honeymoon. The movie ends with her opening her bright red eyes as a vampire.

Having read Breaking Dawn, I thought it was fairly accurate to the story. However, the book doesn’t have quite enough information to stretch into two movies, so the movie was a little boring. The movie had some heavy drama; in fact, that was something I didn’t like. All the characters seemed to be depressed at what should have been a happy moment. Other than that, the movie was fairly good.MenegazDaniel_275x370.jpg

I really enjoyed the soundtrack and particularly the scenes. The movie had some very stunning nature shots.

I think this movie is for ages 13 and up because of very inappropriate subject matter regarding the sex and Bella’s pregnancy.

Overall, I would give this movie 3.5 out of 5 stars. If you are looking for a movie filled with drama, vampires and werewolves, this is your movie.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1
Reviewed by Jonah Menegaz

Twlight. I shouldn’t have to say another word. The iconic books have swept the nation, and every girl who reads it loves it. Every girl who reads it sees and loves the movie, hence why the movies are so popular.

In case you haven’t read the books, this particular movie, based on Breaking Dawn, is about Edward (Robert Pattinson) and Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) getting married, and, while on their honeymoon, having sex. Edward being a vampire, they didn’t know it was possible to have a baby, but they did.

The acting and the portrayal of the characters were good and pretty believable, except for the fact that every time the main characters were supposed to look happy, they look all weary and depressed.

The make-up was good, considering how much of it they needed to put on and make it look the same in every scene, perfect in every scene, although sometimes it got to be a tad bit too much.

The sets were amazing, and they shot on location. The scene where Edward and Bella had the wedding was beautiful. The [sound stage] sets were great, too, if they used any.MenegazJonah_275x375.jpg

Breaking Dawn was rightfully rated PG-13 because of sexual content and some violence. I would not recommend this movie for people under the age of 11. 

Overall, I’d rate this move 5.5 out of 10.

Photos: Breaking Dawn poster (top), Daniel Menegaz (middle), Jonah Menegaz (bottom)

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