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The Next Reel • Season 12 • Series: The Twilight Saga • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1

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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1

“We must destroy it before it’s born.”

Condon goes for lust, horror and a bit of camp

We return to Forks, Washington, to join Edward and Bella at their wedding. We also join them on their honeymoon and then struggle with them as they figure out how to deal with a vampire baby. That’s right – we’re back in Twilight territory. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we continue our Twilight series with a a conversation about Bill Condon’s 2011 film The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1.

Here’s a hint at what we talk about.

Why did they split Stephenie Meyer’s book into two movies? Does it feel necessary or feel like a studio cash grab? Did we need an entire movie just about the wedding, honeymoon, and baby? To that end, though, the camp works better in this film and actually keeps the film engaging, which is a nice change from the last film. Is that Condon’s doing? Perhaps.

How does the look of this film feel after the last three? Is there a sense of evolution in the franchise? What about Condon at the helm? Can we tell? And how about the return to Carter Burwell?

It’s an interesting film that doesn’t do a whole lot but does at least get us ready for the final entry. To that end, consider us here for it. So check it out then tune in. The Next Reel – when the movie ends, our conversation begins!

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