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Movie Review For Twilight Eclipse, Starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner

Eclipse: Third Time's the Charm

Many Twilight followers consider the third book to be the best, and the same can be argued for its film adaptation (at least so far). From the opening sequence with new character Riley (Xavier Samuel) running through the streets of Seattle, it's obvious that the production value for Eclipse has been upped. The fight scenes feel sharper, the CGI wolves are more lifelike, and even Edward's looks have benefited (yes, Robert Pattinson is even dreamier here than in New Moon).

The story picks up with Edward (Robert Pattinson) and Bella (Kristen Stewart) in their regular meadow, as they discuss Edward's proposal from the last film. Bella has her reservations about saying yes, but her desire to be changed into a vampire is wearing her down. The couple have bigger issues, however; newborn bloodsuckers are on the loose in Seattle, plus Alice (Ashley Greene) foresees Victoria (Bryce Dallas Howard)'s return to Forks in search of vengeance. If you've read the novel, you know what happens, but that doesn't make the events any less exciting. For more on what I mean, just keep reading.

In order to combat Victoria and the thirsty newbies, the Cullen family must band together with the wolf clan. It also means that Jacob (Taylor Lautner) and Edward must finally agree to a truce. The boys' rivalry is at a boiling point in this installment, as they spew insults in each others' faces. It's melodramatic to the point of being unintentionally comical; but the film doesn't shy away from poking fun at the Jacob versus Edward debate. Case in point: cheeky lines like Jacob boasting to Edward, "Well, I am hotter," and Edward taking a jab at Jacob for his constant lack of clothing. It's these moments that keep the film from getting mired in its own self-seriousness.


But it's not all Jacob, Edward, and Bella. In Eclipse, we also get a glimpse at the back-story for two other Cullens: Rosalie and Jasper. What could have been a totally campy flashback in period clothing turns out to actually be a fairly well-done peek into their previous lives. We finally hear more than two words from Jasper, and — surprise! — his Southern accent is out in full effect. It's one of the film's highlights and left me craving more.

Most of the film's problems are the same issues found in the book series — inconsistencies and syrupy dialogue. While the over-the-top proclamations of love may cause some viewers to scoff, the chemistry between Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson feels more solid than ever (of course, it helps that there are make-outs aplenty). But more than anything, Eclipse has eased my concerns about Breaking Dawn. Splitting the last installment into two films is a huge undertaking, but with this film, the Twilight franchise seems better fit for the challenge. All there's left to say is: bring it on.

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xlightningboltx xlightningboltx 7 years
Disappointed because Eclipse is my favourite and inevitably it wasn't as perfect as I pictured it. However, keeping it all in perspective, this was definitely the best of the lot although I feel there's not a big gap between 2nd and 3rd installments. New Moon was more about the story whereas Eclipse is more about the action which is weird because Eclipse is the book that has the best character development and storylines. Nevertheless, I LOVED the tent scene - practically exactly how I pictured it and it was perfect. The chemistry between Jacob and Edward was really good in that scene (to be fair, it was throughout the film). Really liked the graduation scene and all the fighting action even if it did take too much of a central role. Riley was brilliant. On the other hand, Taylor Lautner was not. People are saying Stewart has regressed but it was almost uncomfortable watching Jacob at times because it was so cringeworthy - and I'm Team Jacob! Overall, an improvement on the others but they still missed out on what I feel are important character building scenes that may take only a few minutes but make the story flow so much better. 6.5/10
esmerb esmerb 7 years
I was really happy when New Moon was good, but now I believe in the Twilight Series after seeing how good Eclipse was! Can't wait for Breaking Dawn!
cally8980 cally8980 7 years
I thought it was by far the worst! The acting was terrible (Jacob was almost laughable), the vampires looked awful (who does that hair???), and the editing felt like I was watching The Hills. The script did not feel fluid at all to me. I don't think Stephanie Meyer is a good writer but whoever wrote the screenplay makes her look like a genius. I don't know how they managed to make the film cheesier than the book but they absolutely did.
Datura2112 Datura2112 7 years
Eclipse was on speed because it rushed right through. Storyline was ok but they went way too fast. I felt like I was on a flying roller coaster and that isn't good. There was a lot more action, the Vampires looked better, the wolves were great but there were problems. It didn't flow well. One of my biggest problems is with Stewart. She never plays Bella angry or happy or anything. Even when Jacob forced the kiss on her she didn't fight back, or get mad, she just punched. She just doesn't bring Bella to life. That's not to say I didn't like it because I did, but it could have been better.
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
by far - MUCH MUCH better than New Moon. i think that they did a fantastic job with this movie - and although it wasn't 100% true to the book, it was relatively decent so that made me happy. suffice it to say, i'll be more than happy to see it again! at least another time or 2. :)
Happsmjc Happsmjc 7 years
Agree with Kazagirl :) I will have to see it again, liked it on first reaction (and def. better than New Moon), but missing some things I loved about the book. I know they have to change things to make the movie, and I know the action scenes are important, but so much of Eclipse is just E and B having a normal relationship--which is not shown. In one part she mentions how she will go to an expensive college and he can buy her a new car, which is pages and pages of the book. Even Jacob, a huge plot line was how he was the pack leader, and that became one sentence. I get things need to be changed, but it just felt a little choppy. I'm not getting how everyone says E and B have the best chemistry ever when I think their chemistry lies in the book in scenes when they are just being normal, which don't translate well to a movie. Overall, I loved the funny one liners, loved Rosalie's flashback, but again felt choppy overall. Both New Moon and Eclipse are missing that slow motion feeling we have in the first movie (picture Edward walking into the cafeteria) for me. Definitely will see it again very soon!
wolfjinx25 wolfjinx25 7 years
I saw it last night and LOVED it. It was definitely better than New Moon. I felt like Bella and Edward had more chemistry than ever in this one. I am looking forward to Breaking Dawn!
pm0407 pm0407 7 years
Agree. Definitely the best movie so far!
Jen4 Jen4 7 years
I'm agree with you in everything you said Kazagirl! "Not bad but just not my favorite." my friends liked it a lot and everyone is saying that it was the best part, but for me New Moon was the best part.
ktc71 ktc71 7 years
I thought this was the best film so far. LOVED Jasper! I was so happy to see him finally have some substance and not just stand there with an awkward look on his face. :D
emiad emiad 7 years
I saw Eclipse this morning and liked it. Of course there are some things I would prefer to be made differently but generally I really enjoyed the movie. Chemistry was there, just as it should be :-) Action scenes were fine, wolves were realistic - the reviewer is right. I wasn't satisfied with New Moon, my expectations were high, and I felt very disappointed mostly with total lack of chemistry between Edward and Bella, and with Voltera scenes, I hate how they changed it comparing to the book. I hated it so much that - being a huge fan of series - I only saw New Moon once. After today I'm very happy and anxious to see Breaking Dawn :-) And I will definitely see Eclipse for the second time!
sophiashortcake sophiashortcake 7 years
I saw the movie on Tuesday and thought it was the best one of the series.
Kazagirl Kazagirl 7 years
I saw the midnight showing and I guess I am still processing everything. I have to say leaving the theater I did not feel as satisfied as I did with New Moon. Let me say this movie stepped up in the action department. Loved the scenes with the Cullen's training and then the battle at the end with the newborns. Eclipse was my favorite book but I did not like the way many of the scenes were changed. My favorite scene in the book was when Edward takes apart her car to stop her from seeing Jacob and then tells her that if she doesn't want him to come up to her room to shut her window. Although this scene is in the movie they didn't do it justice to the scene in the book. Now by far the best scene in the movie was the proposal and leg hitch scene. Absolutely beautiful. I am not a Jacob fan. He annoys the hell out of me. I hated all the times that Bella got angry with Edward but then would forgive Jacob so quickly. The kiss between Jacob and Bella was beyond annoying and I almost gagged. The tint scene wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I loved the back stories of Rosalie and Jasper. Loved loved Jasper's southern accents and the scenes between him and Alice. Although I am not a wolf fan I LOVED Seth. I wish we had more Seth scenes. The final scene in the movie pissed me off completely. It came off as Bella picking Edward and choosing to become a vampire because she never felt quite normal as a human. I hated when he asks her "So this is not about me" and then she says no. All in all I will have to see it a second time to catch the things I missed. Not bad but just not my favorite.
Renees3 Renees3 7 years
Definitely way better quality than the last two. I love Jasper, he's by far my fave
drea12576 drea12576 7 years
Nice review. I can't wait to see it!
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