Film Fans take a chance on 'Breaking Dawn: Part 1'

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3 out of 4 Stars

Kristin Stewart's character Bella in "Breaking Dawn" has thankfully become more of a mature conversationalist, with no stuttering, sputtering and gasping for breath when addressing seemingly complicated topics such as the weather. Speaking of maturity, the entire Cullen family remains ageless, but a certain population has also grown in years and maturity along with Bella and Edward. The first generation of 'tweens and teens dedicated to the book series and the debut of the "Twilight" movie series have aged, and potentially lost interest over these past few years, considering the first book was published in 2005, and the "Twilight" movie in 2008.

As a parent of older teenagers, I would suggest to parents of young teenagers and 'tweens to preview the movie first. Commonly, PG-13 movies are awarded this rating for crude humor and an occasional light curse word, but this particular film is rated accordingly due to the mature content presented.

The movie opens with the immediate theme of Bella and Edward's marriage ceremony and quickly delves into other areas of their marriage, including the awkward remaining close friendship Bella and Jacob share within this odd love triangle. Intermittently between tastefully portrayed honeymoon love scenes and Bella's graphic delivery is the underlining theme of sacrifice for loyalty to loved ones.

I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, and suggest not waiting for the rental. As a final word, stay after the credits roll, for a pivotal peek of the premise for "Breaking Dawn: Part 2."

— Cathryn Veal, Lawrenceville

2 out of 4 Stars

The fourth installation of the "Twilight" franchise, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 1," continues with the marriage of Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson). Alice Cullen (Ashley Greene) is the wedding coordinator and she does a great job orchestrating the entire event. All of their loved ones are present for the nuptials. During the reception, Bella told Jacob (Taylor Lautner) that they decided that after the honeymoon Edward would turn her into a vampire. The union of the two of them is causing uproar in the werewolf nation and Jacob is very angry and worried for them.

But the honeymoon is short lived because Bella becomes pregnant. This spells danger for Bella and the rest of the vampires. They now have to protect her and themselves from the onslaught of the wolves.

Jacob comes to their rescue.

This is a watered down version. Maybe the two parts should have been condensed and not subject us to anymore of this franchise. By far it is the worst one of the four.

— Gail Nunez-Blackshear, Lawrenceville

3 1/2 out of 4 stars

This weekend, hearts could be heard breaking around the world as our beloved Edward married Bella (aka Kristin Stewart-blech).

In this fourth installment of the "Twilight" franchise, Jacob (Taylor Lautner) is forced to face the reality that Bella has moved on. So what's a lovesick werewolf to do? What anyone who has ever really loved another person does ... you put all the hurt aside and stand by them when they need you most, no matter how much it hurts. Filled with broken hearts, a steamy honeymoon and a less than pleasant birth scene, "Breaking Dawn -- Part 1" is far superior to its predecessors thanks to new Director Bill Condon, who thankfully also helms the final movie due out next year.

Could it have used a little more action? Yes. But die-hard Twilight fans will love it regardless and I think I know one film fan that just might be willing to switch teams to help a poor werewolf nurse his wounds.

— Lindsey Hodges, Snellville