The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011) – Movie Review

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 is the first part of the final installment of The Twilight Saga film series with Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner all reprising their roles.

SPOILER WARNING: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn"
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn"

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn also known as Breaking Dawn focuses mainly on Bella Swan’s (Kristen Stewart) marriage to Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson). While the wedding is grand and lavish, it is easily overdone. Ensuing the wedding, the couple then spends their honeymoon on Isle Esme in Brazil. Bella and Edward have sex and before long, Bella finds out she is pregnant.

When Sam Uley (Chaske Spencer), the Alpha of the werewolf pack learns of Bella’s pregnancy, he plans to kill Bella along with the unborn baby. Despite that, Sam and the other werewolves have no balls to launch an attack.

Eventually, Bella becomes too weak as the unborn baby overpowers her, taking all the nutrition from her body and becomes the main cause of Bella’s death.

To summarize it, first part of Breaking Dawn is all about the wedding, honeymoon, pregnancy and birth of a vampire baby and is literally boring.

In the end of part one, as expected, Bella heals, wakes up with red eyes depicting she has turned into a vampire.

Overall, Breaking Dawn Part 1 has weak storyline, full of drama and corniness and completely toothless. Certainly one of the worst, if not the worst Twilight film to date.

  • 5 out of 10
  • Breaking Dawn Part 1 is melodramatic and toothless with little to no action. Watch it if you love soap opera.
  • Yes. The Volturi clan learns of Bella’s newborn baby and when Aro (Michael Sheen) says the Cullens still have something he wants, he could possibly mean Renesmee.

The Last Airbender (2010) – Movie Review

The Last Airbender is a live-action film based on the popular animated television series Avatar: The Last Airbender.

SPOILER WARNING: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Jackson Rathbone, Nicola Peltz and Noah Ringer in "The Last Airbender"
Jackson Rathbone, Nicola Peltz and Noah Ringer in "The Last Airbender"

Directed and produced by reknown director M. Night Shyamalan, the film plays around with the four classical elements — Air, Water, Earth and Fire. There are four nations based on the elements where each nations can only control one element. Only the Avatar can control all the elements and communicate with the Spirit World.

The movie begins with Waterbender named Katara (Nicola Peltz) and her warrior brother Sokka (Jackson Rathbone) discovers a twelve-year-old boy Aang (Noah Ringer) trapped inside a huge iceberg together with Appa, a gigantic flying bison (think of Falkor of Never-ending Story). Somehow, it attracts the unwanted attention of Zuko (Dev Patel of Slumdog Millionaire), an exiled Prince of the Fire Nation and Iroh (Shaun Toub) who kidnap Aang back to their battleship as they suspect Aang is the Avatar but Aang shortly escapes after being held captive. Aang returns to Southern Air Temple only to discover all the other Airbenders has been wiped out by Fire Nation and that he was trapped in the ice for over a century.

When Aang and his friends learn that the Fire Nation is waging a war against Earth Kingdom and the Water Tribes after eliminating the Air Nomads, they also realize that Aang has only master the Airbending technique and not the other three and therefore continue their journey to the Northern Kingdom to learn Waterbending mastery while saving more Earth Kingdom villages along the way from Fire Nation while being continuously pursued by both Prince Zuko and Commander Zhao (Aasif Mandvi) of Fire Nation.

Although there are plenty of actions and special effects, the film lacks good dialogues, almost as if the film is really made for kids who watch the show on Nickelodeon. Mix bad dialogues with bad casting especially with the inexperienced actors such as Seychelle Gabriel who played the princess of the Northern Water Tribe and Dev Patel who played a villain-who-turns-good Prince Zuko, the film becomes an epic failure. Even Jackson Rathbone who played Jasper Hale in Twilight movies seems lifeless — perhaps, he still thinks he’s playing a vampire.

Overall, the film is a disaster, even an Avatar won’t be able to save it. We all know live-action movies usually turn out worse than the original animation, video games, etc., but in this instance, it is just horrible. Perhaps, M. Night Shyamalan should just stick to Horror movies and stop destroying every child and adult’s fantasies.

My ratings: 3 out of 10.

The Last Airbender (2010) Trailer

The Last Airbender is a live-action adaption based on the animated television series, Avatar: The Last Airbender. The story follows the adventures of Aang, a young successor to a long line of Avatars, who must put his childhood ways aside and stop the Fire Nation from enslaving the Water, Earth and Air nations. Starring Noah Ringer, Jessica Andres, Jackson Rathbone, Dev Patel, The Last Airbender opens on July 2, 2010.

The Last Airbender (2010) Teaser Trailer

The Last Airbender is M. Night Shyamalan’s big screen adaption of the animated series. Starring Jackson Rathbone, Dev Patel, Cliff Curtis, Nicola Peltz, The Last Airbender opens on July 2, 2010.