There’s no need to criticize the phenomenon that is the Twilight Saga, especially now that we’re four films in. The latest installment is predictably more of the same so just in case you’re a secret fan or a parent who wants to keep up with your child’s interests: the film opens with Bella and Edward’s wedding (actually, the opening shot features werewolf Jacob reading an invitation to the wedding, ripping his shirt off, and running off into the woods), progresses to their PG-13 rated honeymoon somewhere in the proximity of Rio de Janeiro where Bella is impregnated with an unnatural child, and then returns to vampire HQ where she gives birth while the bloodsucker vs. werewolf war wages outside. Literally 90% of the film takes place in two locations, which is odd considering its estimated $127 million dollar budget (not that the fans take notice of these things). New franchise director Bill Condon (Chicago, Kinsey, Dreamgirls) doesn’t add anything new to the series though there are some rather nifty special effects towards the end that illustrate both Bella’s ailing health and her inner-bodily changes that everyone has been waiting for. A treat for the fanbase, a boring half of a movie for the outsiders.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 opens wide in Philly-area theaters today.