The Twilight Saga: ‘Eclipse’ (2010)

Well, “Breaking Dawn: Part 2″ releases at the end of the week, so I thought it would be a fantastical idea to set up a Preparation Kit to get ready for the film. I want to make it known that I have seen all four of the previous movies before, and that while I remember them being meh, I strictly remember saying “I’ve seen worse”. I have, however, only seen each film once and never reviewed a single one (this was before I reviewed everything I watched). Anyways, for those of you at home that are unaware of the order of films, it goes something like this:

The Twilight Saga:

  1. Twilight
  2. New Moon
  3. Eclipse
  4. Breaking Dawn: Part 1
  5. Breaking Dawn: Part 2

Well now that we have covered “Twilight” and “New Moon“, it would seem that the next logical film to cover is “Eclipse”, so here we go.

When we last left Bella (Kristin Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattison), they were back together after a hard, hard breakup. The last scene of “New Moon” had Edward proposing to Bella, but Bella couldn’t respond, as the conversation was cut short by the credits. Don’t you love cliffhangers!? Anyway, in the beginning of “Eclipse“, you find out she never answered the question and refuses to marry Edward because marriage is just a piece of paper, but Edward refused to change Bella into a vampire unless she would marry him. However, we also learned from the last movie that she will be turning into a vampire after graduation, it was just a matter of who turns her. Meanwhile Jacob (Taylor Lautner) admits he is in love with her, so she once again has to decide to vamp it up or to stay friends with Jacob. I don’t know about you, but that sounds a lot like getting friendzoned to me.

Everything that the first two films had regarding villains boils up to the plot in “Eclipse“. Victoria (Bryce Dallas Howard) is back, and is still hunting Bella. She knows she can’t do it alone, so she creates an army of ruthless vampires, newborn vampires. Newborn vampires are how they are when they are first created, ruthless, the most destructive, and unpredictable.  They have been going around Seattle, Washington killing people, and making their way towards Bella. An unlikely alliance is then brought out with both vampires and werewolves alike come forward to protect Bella and to stop the newborns in their track.

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Okay, so we finally have a story that makes the most sense…thus far. This time around, we have a new villain that is properly written. The other films focused a lot on the romance, and while that was in this a lot, they did focus a little more on the actual story. Both Edward and Jacob’s storylines come evenly spaced in this film, which is better overall than the previous two. When it did come to the romance, it came to Jacob feeling jealous and it came to Bella wishing to take her relationship to the next stage, unfortunately, Edward is “old school”. Respectively, this film is the most exciting  thus far. Keep in mind that I have to re-watch “Breaking Dawn: Part 1” to say most exciting out of all of them. One thing, though, this may be the closest thing to an elephant in the room….the vampires sparkle, and when they get cut into pieces and die, it’s like they are….made out of diamond too? They break, shatter, and it’s like….crystals are in place of their blood. I don’t know about you, but it just made me think of rock candy.

The actual acting in this film is once again done better, but only by slightly. For the most part, you won’t even be able to tell the difference in the acting unless you focus on smaller elements that the characters had in this film that they rather lacked in the two previous films. Yes, there was a few moments in this film where Jacob had no shirt, I’m pretty positive that they have to have that element in these films now, they are stuck with that stereotype. However, the amount of shirtless scenes is a lot less than “New Moon” which is a very good thing. Now, the one thing I didn’t like about this movie is the recasting of Victoria. Originally, I actually didn’t notice because I didn’t pay close enough attention, but Bryce Dallas Howard as a vicious vampire? She couldn’t even pull that off, her whole character got a bit sweeter and a little whinier. Yeah okay.

 Anyways. Lets have a quick overlook at the series so far. Clearly, for me at least, each movie is better than the last. Again, I need to get through “Breaking Dawn: Part 1” again, but so far, it’s a steady inclination. Stories are improved, visuals are…pretty much improved though I would say “New Moon” had the best visuals so far. Acting has improved, the oversexing of Jacob’s character has decreased to a more tolerating level.

 Just a quick fun question: Why do good vampires have yellow eyes and bad vampires have red eyes? Does it have something to do with the color arrangements in “Star Wars“? Even Jasper used to have red eyes before he turned good. Does it actually have to do with vampires drinking human blood vs. animal? Scientifically that doesn’t really make sense…then again either do vampires.

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