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It's love at first bite; Grown-up saga's another big hit.

Byline: MARK ADAMS

TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN - PART 12A, 117mins. Just opened

THE STARS Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Billy Burke.

THE STORY Bella Swan (Stewart) and Edward Cullen (Pattinson) finally tie the knot and head off to Rio de Janeiro for a romantic honeymoon and a little conjugal bliss.

But Bella soon discovers she is pregnant and, increasingly concerned that the human vampire baby will kill her, the couple return to their hometown of Forks where Edward's rival Jacob (Lautner) becomes her unlikely defender as the treaty between vampire and werewolf is threatened.

THE VERDICT Hormones and haircuts drive a wedge between vampires and werewolves as The Twilight Saga grows up and heads into the dangerous territory of emotions, angst and teenage pregnancy. It leaves pointy teeth and snarling beasties slightly to one side as wedding bells chime for the happy couple.

Following right on from last year's The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, the film opens with a beautifully staged wedding ceremony - keeping Team Edward fans happy - as Bella finally gets to seal her love for the vamp of her dreams.

With vows spoken and rings exchanged, the happy couple head off to sunny Rio de Janeiro and to the idyllic and isolated Isle Esme just off the coast.

Finally able to consummate their love for each other, it is time for a tastefully shot 12A certificate lovemaking scene. Before you know it, Bella is preggers - and that is just the beginning of their problems.

Their hometown return leads to some long-awaited thrills with the film coming to the anticipated end as Bella gives birth.

The Twilight films manage to cleverly blend melodrama with supernatural thrills and, while the film is not without its silly moments and cringeworthy dialogue, it does deliver the drama and emotional highs we have come to expect. Roll on the concluding movie in November next year.

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Vamping it up... Pattinson and Stewart Inset: Taylor Lautner
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Title Annotation:Features; Opinion, Column
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 20, 2011
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