Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part One

Theatrical Release: November 18, 2011
Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part One


In The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson), plus those they love, must deal with the chain of consequences brought on by a marriage, honeymoon, and the tumultuous birth of a child… which brings an unforeseen and shocking development for Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner).

With more of the romance, passion, intrigue and action that made Twilight, The Twilight Saga: New Moon and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse worldwide blockbusters, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, based on Stephenie Meyer’s bestselling book series, begins the conclusion of the tale of vampire love, boundless friendship, acceptance, and finding your true self.

Dove Review

The first “Twilight” movie in this on-going saga received our Dove Seal but the next two did not and, unfortunately, “Breaking Dawn Part One” doesn’t get it either. As usual, the film doesn’t miss the mark by a lot, but the violence level hits a three in our rating, too high for us to award it for family approval. If it had been a two, it would have made it. The sex category nearly hits a three as it features scenes of the newly wed Edward (Robert Pattinson) and Bella (Kristen Stewart) making love. Although the scenes are not explicit, there are the sounds of heavy breathing and enough which is not left to the imagination to make parents a bit uncomfortable if they sat next to their teen son or daughter. With images like the imagined one of several wedding party members dressed in white but lying together as bloody corpses, not to mention the other scenes containing blood, it is a bit much.

Without plot spoiling, pretty much everyone who reads the books or knows the films is surely aware by now that after Edward and Bella’s wedding that she becomes pregnant. The question is: what exactly is she carrying? It is a sweet innocent baby or a monster that will want to suck blood from people’s necks? Adding to the problem is Jacob (Taylor Lautner) who despite wanting to help Bella out, can’t get past his hatred of Edward, at least in the early going. When his ravenous wolf family vows to attack Edward and his family, the action picks up and the plot thickens. The movie finishes with a cliffhanger and no doubt many fans will wait with anticipation for part two of this two-parter.

It was nice to see a minister perform the wedding and a statue of Christ is shown in a close-up following the ceremony. Blood flows from characters just a bit too much in this film. It is too much for us to award our Dove Seal to this one.

Content Description

Sex: Heavy breathing and passionate kissing; a couple is seen in underwear and a woman is seen from the side nude with her breast partially exposed; a couple goes into the water nude but nothing explicit is shown; woman is seen with clothes on, on top of her husband in bed; a woman walks seductively in front of her husband while wearing lingerie so as to arouse him; a few sexual comments like "You're not a virgin?" being spoken in jest; a comment about strippers.
Language: Crap-2; PO-1; D-1; H-1
Violence: Several bloody scenes including a vision of several people in a wedding party lying on top of each other as corpses with blood on their faces and clothes; a woman has a baby taken from her in a bloody scene and a man sucks blood from a woman's body to place back in her veins; blood seen on a baby's head; blood seen on lips; a bride is bruised by the strength of her vampire husband while making love; husband tells bride he won't make love to her again and she understands he cannot help what he is; a vision of a pale woman dead in a casket; wolves fight.
Drugs: Champagne is served at a wedding; a character states he plans on getting drunk; a woman receives a few shots.
Nudity: A woman is seen in a towel; a couple's nude backs are seen; a side view of a woman's partially exposed breast; shirtless men; man and woman seen in underwear.
Other: In one nice scene a statue of Christ is seen after a wedding; Bella drinks blood from a cup and a straw in order to help the baby who needs more blood; a man spits.


Company: Summit Entertainment
Writer: Melissa Rosenberg & Stephenie Meyer
Director: Bill Condon
Producer: Wyck Godfrey
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 117 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter