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The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010) – Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence, and some sensuality.

I’ve seen both Twilight and The Twilight Saga: New Moon and I was impressed by neither.  And it has been discussed ad nauseam that Stephenie Meyer just doesn’t know how to write well.  At all.  Despite all this, millions of “Twi-Hards” have fallen under the spell of Edward Cullen and Jacob Black.  Is this really what this generation wants to be remembered for?  Who won the ultimate battle between Team Edward or Team Jacob?  Sadly, no matter how many horrible reviews these films get, and believe me they will continue to get horrible reviews, this franchise is quite the cash cow for Summit Entertainment.  My point is this, my review for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse will not be glowing, but it will also not stop those crazy tweens and “Twi-Moms” from coming out in packs to drool over these young men. 

For starters, the film’s tagline is “It all begins…with a choice.”  Unfortunately, for the entire two hours I sat through, nothing happened.  What’s the choice that has to be made?  Are they referring to Bella having to choose between Edward and Jacob?  Because she makes that choice pretty clear…in the first movie!  Was anyone really expecting her to choose Jacob over Edward?  This girl is a worthless ditz who refuses to think for herself and is just plain weak.  In the first scene Edward proposes to Bella again, just like he did at the end of The Twilight Saga: New Moon.  Guess what, Romeo?  Her answer is still no.  The girls in the crowd will gasp.  Really.  And you know what?  He asks her multiple times.  And not until the very end of the film does our “heroine” finally break down and say yes.  Oh dear God, couldn’t she have said yes in the beginning and saved me the two-hour agony of sitting through this film?

There are multiple scenes where the camera is doing this shaky thing like the director of photography had a coughing fit.  And it goes on for many minutes.  It got really annoying.  I wonder why the director chose to ignore this when he was viewing the dailies.  Or why the editor didn’t tell the director that he couldn’t find a good take with no camera shakes.  Speaking of crew members who didn’t do their job correctly, who was in charge of picking Kristen Stewart’s wig?  Because it is the worst hair piece I’ve seen since, well, Taylor Lautner’s wig in New Moon

Like I said in the first paragraph, this review will not stop drooling tweens from coming out and making this a huge hit.  And quite frankly, even some of those “Twi-Hards” admit that the books and films are bad.  But for what it’s worth, this film is better than the first two in the franchise.  That isn’t saying much, however.  Filmtastic review – 1 1/2 stars.

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  1. Beli
    July 6, 2010 at 12:32 am

    Ok you know how I feel kym and yeah the choice was between E or J. Even in the book most readers are for Edward in the beginning. But as in life you dont get to choose the easiest route. Life is a struggle and in order to get the happiness you want you have to sacrife that which is easy and in this case life with Jacob will be easy. At least that is what I think. I loved this movie but I am a Twi fan and have read the books multiple times. Its a girlie movie/book and you want the fantasy of believing that your night and shinning armor guy will rescue you through all that horror and even if it causes him pain that he will struggle through all that pain and agony just for you because he LOVES you. Its their feeling of love for her that makes the Twi fans come back.

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