There's something funny about the Twilight Saga- both the books and the movies. The books are good, especially the last one (Breaking Dawn), and the first two movies are fair. So why did I still find myself standing in line like an obsessed teenager to see Eclipse, the third movie installment, on opening day? I'm still not sure, but I'm glad I did.
Eclipse is by far the best movie of the three Twilight installments. Of course, we see the whole Bella/Edward/Jacob triangle. Of course, women of all ages audibly sigh in the theaters when Taylor Lautner (how old is he anyway??) takes his shirt off. And, of course, we experience the whole vampire phenomena all over again. So what's different with this one? Simple: a little less conversation, a little more action.
In Eclipse, the werewolves and the vampires must unite in order to fight off evil Victoria and her army of newborn vampires. They obviously hate the arrangement, but as a viewer, I loved it. It's always cool to see powerful forces come together for the greater good, in my opinion. The fight scenes were awesome. Add in the natural (angry yet funny) banter between Jacob and Edward as they fight to keep Bella safe, and you've got yourself a pretty decent flick. I also enjoyed the brief, historical glances into the lives of Rosalie and Jaspar as we see how they became vampires.
Sure, Edward still glistens in the sunlight, and Bella still plays the sullen teenager role to perfection, but combined with a little more action, alot more werewolves, and the promise of more to come, Eclipse is by far my favorite Twilight so far. Let's hope Breaking Dawn will top it.
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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.