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The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

The third movie in the "Twilight" series released in 2010.

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Each One Keeps Getting Better

  • Jul 10, 2010

As a huge vampire buff my fascination started with the books, which I read through in a matter of less than 2 weeks. The first movie, Twilight was such a disappointment to me, that I have been skeptical about watching any more. However, I continue to watch more as a thing a friend and I do together, but because actually they keep getting better. With this being a bigger budget film than the two previous Twilight movies, I was definitely hoping for better and it delivered.

The second movie was really only saved because, and I hate to say this, Jacob with no shirt on for most of the movie, but Eclipse really starts to see the actors come into their element. Both Patterson and Stewart now having a couple of movies under their belts are really starting to look more natural on screen. They both have more facial emotion and finally have stopped talking through their teeth. Stewart who is Bella really is kind of a keep to herself shy person, but doesn't mean she has to look like she's in pain every time she says a line! Patterson, who plays Edward also has more emotion to him and is finally believable as a love interest.

Of course we can't leave Lautner out of this, who plays Jacob, while to me has always had great stage presence, he really steps it up a notch and becomes a believable contender for Bella's affections. Aside from his good looks, he really heats up the screen not only as a hot blooded wolf who's as strong as steel, but really know's how to get a girl to melt! Yes, he does warm Bella up in a tent in the middle of a snow storm, but he really shows promise as a leading man for future rolls. The passion in which he tells Bella that he loves her is great.

I'm not going to say that this movie was the be all and end all of movies, but it was definitely a more emotionally intense movie. The characters are really coming into their own and finally showing what love is all about. Perhaps I'm just a hopeless romantic, but who wouldn't want two men fighting for your affections.

There are a few things that I wasn't really thrilled with when it come to some inconsistencies. The first was that in the scenes with Edward in Bella at their field of flowers, you can tell the sun is shining, but hardly any sparkle appears on Edward as it does in the other movies. Why is that? Not that I agree that Vampires should sparkle, but it was written this way and I saw very little of that in the movie during sunlight scenes. The second was that anytime a vampire was killed in the movie, they broke as if they were made of glass. Now maybe my details of the books may be sketchy since I read them over a year and a half ago, but aren't they supposed to still bleed? At least they did in the first two. The only thing I could think of is that it was cold and being that vampires have no heat they were frozen? I don't know, but I found that to be a little weird.

I liked the flash backs of the Cullen clan as Rosalie and Jasper told their stories on how they were changed. Made them seem more human, but also more personable. Both weren't as cold and unfeeling and again Jasper seemed almost normal and not talking through his teeth and looking like he was constipated which was a really nice change. I guess to sum that up everyone from Bella's dad to the Vampires just seemed more relaxed and natural. This made the movie easier to watch than the last two.

While I love Vampires, and I really did like the way that Meyers wrote the books, I still have a hard time comparing hers to Anne Rice's Vampires. It's like there are two different breeds and which one is right. I like the idea a vampire can walk in daylight or at least cloudy days, and that they don't feed on humans because they are trying to peacefully exist in society and not attract attention, but I do miss the brooding, night stalking, soul searching vamps that I grew to love through the novels of Anne Rice, but for a series that's geared towards teens, it's not all together bad.

While I'm not the camp out for the opening and buy Edward vs Jacob memorabilia, I'm enjoying seeing the movies develop along and I am looking forward to the next one to come.

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July 12, 2010
Great review; I haven't seen this one yet; I liked the other ones, but again, there were things I didn't like about them - such as Bella being so boring and wondering why everyone is falling over each other to win her affection. I saw on some interview show that the writer wanted to make her vampires a little different than others in order to make the stories different (which is probably why there are no "Ann Rice - type characters"). I do not like romance films, but I did think the Twilight sagas have been OK. Eclipse sounds like one I'd like to see eventually. I still would prefer to see more realistic vampires and werewolfs though. I really love the way you described the movie -- great review!!
July 14, 2010
Yeah, I agree with the realism part, I mean we want to see on screen a version of what we really have in our imaginations. And your right, Bella is boring!
July 11, 2010
Great review, Holly! I'm a hopeless romantic, too. Perhaps I should check out this movie :P Thanks for sharing!
July 14, 2010
Always hopeless for me! Read to many romance novels growing up!
July 10, 2010
Great write up and I liked the way you remained level-headed in your analysis. I know this movie isn't something that I would like so I tend to stay away at least until it comes to video. Thanks for the review! Sounds like this may be the best of the movie series so far...
July 10, 2010
It really is the best movie so far, definitiely want to rent it when it comes to video. Not something I would normally go and spend money to see, but it's something me and my girlfriend do.
July 10, 2010
Great review although I am not a bug fan of these, still I am really interested in Dakota Fanning in this. She impressed me in a film called "The Secret Life of Bees" and she looked really evil in the final scenes of the last one in this series.
July 10, 2010
Oh Fanning looked very evil in this movie! I think she has a very promising career for many years to come!
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The Twilight Saga: Eclipse is an upcoming romantic-fantasy film scheduled for release on June 30, 2010. It is based on Stephenie Meyer's Eclipse and will be the third installment of The Twilight Saga film series, following 2008's Twilight and 2009's New Moon. Summit Entertainment greenlit the film in February 2009. Directed by David Slade, the film will star Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner, reprising their roles as Bella Swan, Edward Cullen, and Jacob Black, respectively. Melissa Rosenberg, who penned the scripts for both Twilight and New Moon, will be returning as screenwriter.

Filming began on August 17, 2009 at Vancouver Film Studios, and finished in late October, with post-production began early the following month. Because of scheduling conflicts, Bryce Dallas Howard will playVictoria, replacing Rachelle Lefevre who previously played her. It will be the first Twilight film to be released in IMAX.

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Director: David Slade
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13
DVD Release Date: December 4, 2010
Runtime: 124 Minutes
Studio: Summit Entertainment
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