The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

The Twilight Saga- Eclipse
Director: David Slade
Writer: Melissa Rosenburg 
Based on the Novel by: Stephenie Meyer
Producers: Karen Rosenfelt/Wyck Godfrey
Starring: Kristen Stewart/Robert Pattinson/Taylor Lautner/Dakota Fanning
Year: 2010
Country: US
BBFC Certification: 12
Duration: 124 minutes

As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob – knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death.

“It’s time”… “Yes it is!”

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse has been awarded for Most Anticipated Movie of the Summer at the National Movie Awards and every Twilight fan has been looking forward to this movie (I know I have), but does it Eclipse the first two movies or do the first two movies Eclipse this? Well, the story is much better than Twilight and New Moon as there’s more things happening than in the first two movies.  The characters are more interesting and better written this time round than they were in New Moon and in Eclipse, you see the Cullens take more of an important role in the movie. Now, The Twilight Saga is known for its bad acting but in Eclipse, it has improved slightly but not enough to make an impact. Taylor Lautner shows a little more emotion as Jacob and Robert Pattinson doesn’t do a bad job as Edward but it’s nowhere near good, however Kristen Stewart is one of the main problems as she just doesn’t show any emotion in most scenes. The movie itself was very well directed as there were some great scenes in the movie that you wouldn’t forget easily such as the battle scenes, they were very well done. The writing has improved a lot from the first two movies but make no mistake, the movie is mostly driven by dialogue and it’s still cheesy. Overall, any Twilight fan would love this entry in the series and it’s a lot easier to watch than the last two.

By far the best out of the three, there’s no doubt about it. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse does something that the first two didn’t and that was capturing what the Twilight fans loved about the book (it did with me anyway). For me, Eclipse was my favourite book out of the series and I thought that the movie did very well in capturing important parts of the book. The direction was better this time round as David Slade did a brilliant job in creating some nice scenes such as the fast-paced battle scenes and the chase scene ten minutes into the movie. There were some bad things about the movie that caught my attention though, such as the dialogue and the acting. The dialogue was still cheesy but it’s expected since some of the dialogue is like that in the book. You expect a movie such as Twilight to be cheesy-romantic anyway so it’s nothing new and the cheesiness has toned down this time around so I wouldn’t say it’s a negative exactly. However, there is one major negative thing I can say about the movie and that is the acting. Even though I can’t deny that it has improved slightly, it’s still a problem. The Cullens, the Blacks, the Volturi and the newborns were okay as their characters but when it came to the main three characters of the movie, it wasn’t good at all. They’ve improved from the first two because they actually showed a flicker of emotion in some scenes but it wasn’t enough. The most irritating thing about the movie for me is Kristen Stewart by far because I know she’s a very good actress, you only need to watch Adventureland and Panic Room to know that but when she’s Bella, everything changes. There’s hardly any emotion when she plays Bella and I don’t know why she hasn’t improved yet. I hope the acting improves in Breaking Dawn. However, even though the acting brings down the movie, there were still some very good points about it, I enjoyed it anyway. Overall, Twilight fans will be pleased with the movie and for non-Twilighters, it will be a lot easier to watch.

7/10
Yes, you read right. A lot of people may disagree with me but even though Eclipse has bad acting and cheesy dialogue, it gets a 7. There were some scenes in the movie that were done very well, the direction is much better this time round and the story is too. Best out of the three by far!

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Reviews for the first two of the Twilight Saga can be found on the links underneath, just click their names:

Twilight
New Moon

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