REVIEW: New Twilight film ‘unashamedly emotional’

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Twilight Breaking Dawn: Part One (12A)

DESPITE its vamps-versus-werewolves action, the previous instalment of Twilight – the world’s favourite playground love triangle – felt like a stalling exercise, evading the issue of who was going to get off with whom.

Though Taylor Lautner’s Jacob stages a late counter-attack by going shirtless within 15 seconds, this resolves that issue decisively, with Bella and Edward (Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson) mumbling through their vows at a wedding ceremony so floridly romantic some viewers may wish they’d hired Melancholia’s Udo Kier to plan it instead.

Thereafter, it’s all about the newlyweds prepping for their first time: as lovers, then – shock, horror – as parents-to-be.

That appalled fascination with sex remains a sticking point, cuing a final, surprisingly intense eruption of gyno-horror.

Yet in director Bill Condon’s skilled hands, this instalment proves more intimate, confining its action to kids in rooms wrestling with the consequences of their own crushes.

Much unashamed emotionality – oft-dismissed as “girly stuff” – is actually what distinguishes the Twilights in a market otherwise cluttered with noisy boys’ toys. Minor quibbles aside – the werewolves are stubbornly wooden, and why would a vampire honeymoon in sunny Rio? – these remain the most empathetic event movies in the business.

Twilight Breaking Dawn : Part One is currently showing at the West End Cinema in Boston.