'The Twilight Saga - Breaking Dawn Part 1' is finally nearing release after a promotional tour that seems to have gone on pretty much since the final moment of the franchise's third instalment 'Eclipse' ended at its premiere roughly a year ago. With Robert Pattinson and Ashley Greene taking on Paris, among others, and Jackson Rathbone and Nikki Reid turning up in Rome plus Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart appearing in Germany, the stars have been dividing their time evenly before all returning to the States for the final gruelling run of promotional endeavours - including Pattinson, Stewart and Lautner having their hand prints cast in Los Angeles.
Now though, with critics having had the chance to see the film - ahead of a UK general release on November 18th 2011 - the judgements are in, and they're not wholly positive. The Guardian in particular gave the movie a good shoeing, saying "The vampire drama of Twilight is all about the romantic agony of eternity, and this franchise feels like it's going on for ever"; however it finds itself in contradiction with the Daily Mirror which comments "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."
Will the critics voices really matter though? With last year's film taking over $700 million gross worldwide, it's unlikely.