The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

26 Jul

Title: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Year: 2010
Director: David Slade
Writer: Melissa Rosenberg based on the novel by Stephenie Meyer
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Bryce Dallas Howard, Billy Burke, Dakota Fanning, Ashley Greene, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Kellan Lutz, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Xavier Samuel, Sarah Clarke, Anna Kendrick
MPAA Rating: PG-13, intense sequences of action and violence, and some sensuality
Runtime: 124 min
Major Awards:
IMDb Rating: 4.8
Rotten Tomatoes: 52%

I will give The Twilight Saga: Eclipse a B grade, not because it’s a B movie, but because it’s a B- movie in what has been a C grade franchise, and since I actually like the source materials I thought this was great and decided to bump it up a grade, no but really, this is the best entry in the popular franchise, a franchise that has already made $1.7 billion and has this one still rolling in the cash, and a two-part finale to the series which will have the first part bowing next year, so yes, it’s a pretty profitable franchise even if the films aren’t good, as was the case with the first two entires, it’s a franchise that will consistently break midnight-screenings and opening-day box office records because of it’s rabid fanbase, and it’s a franchise that, with Eclipse, finally has a film that successfully blends the romantic side with the action stuff, and that’s really what this is all about, the dialogue will probably never be there, Stephenie Meyers’ novels were nice because of the description of the feelings, the dialogue was never anywhere near great, but this is a film that doesn’t need to make any new converts, it just needs to keep the millions it already has in check, and this one will do wonders for that.

The previous installment in the franchise, New Moon, I didn’t like at all because the storyline was way too thin for me to fully appreciate, in Eclipse the story, if anything, may just be too loaded, and that’s good, that’s something I’d much rather have because it means this film will be far more entertaining, and this one was actually released in the summer, so that’s something it should definitely aim to be, and the action sequences are cool and everything, and Kristen Stewart is pretty awesome, and David Slade does a pretty good job at directing this one, even though a part of me was thinking about how it would have turned out had Drew Barrymore been given the directing duties, like she once was rumored to, that’s how much I liked the stuff she did in Whip It.

My main problem with this one though was, as I said, the dialogue, which was just so damn uninspired, and this is a film that deals a lot with the Edward-Bella-Jacob love triangle, and that has a lot of conversations between any two from the several duo combinations you can make out of those three, and the fact that the dialogue is so boring takes away from the potential of those conversations and just has them drag on, some times uncomfortably so, but the target demographic won’t care, girls will still scream and swoon over them and swear they’ll remain virgins till a vampire or werewolf comes along, and they won’t care that the conversations lead to nothing because Jacob can’t apparently withstand to have one conversation with his shirt on, fortunately for us men Kristen Stewart is pretty beautiful herself, but she’s too talented an actress for us to be okay with just seeing her and not seeing her acting well like she can.

Both Jacob and Edward are now admittedly in love with Bella, and she’s pretty torn between the two herself, but then this vampire, Victoria, who has been creating new vampires on her own in Seattle comes along and puts a halt to the love party and the good vampires have to form and alliance with the werewolves against the bad vampires to save Bella’s life, which probably made Bella feel pretty damn special. And the action scenes were pretty good, they were well choreographed and all, but I had a problem with the CGI employed on the werewolves, you see, I, especially considering all the hype they built on how cool they looked, didn’t really think they looked cool enough, or actually, maybe they did look cool, but they didn’t feel real, or, well, convicing to me, and that kept me from truly delving into those scenes as much as I could have.

However, as I said, this is a film that fans of the franchise, I would hope, will love more than they loved the previous two, the fact is that we know from reading the books all that goes on inside the heads of our characters, all the feelings that aren’t said in the insipid dialogue, and that enables us to promptly fill in the gaps without hesitating and pausing to think about how it’s being shown on-screen, and the reality is that it wasn’t shown that well on-screen and those who haven’t read the series may catch on that more than those of us who have, but who cares, Edward still has that glare that has chaste tweens crying over, Jacob is still shirtless, and Stephenie Meyer is still in possession of the erotic dreams of said teen girls, even if those dreams don’t really include any sex, we’ll have to wait for the two-part finale for that to happen, and let’s just hope they go for the R rating on that one.

Grade: B

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