124 Min | Adventure – Drama – Fantasy | July 2010
IMDB Rating: 4.9
Director: David Slade
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Review: Almost The Twilight Saga: Eclipse is atmosphere is a barricaded roundabout of re-hashed dialogue and one-track character directory. Nothing intellectual or invitingly new is dropped into this pot of love triangles, cardboard characters, and afterthought plot development. It’s one of the largest problems with the film, nothing is unique. The seemingly “main story” is introduced slowly over the course of almost two hours through five to ten minute segments that feel like nothing more than meaningless bursts to keep people on their toes. These sporadic bursts of story come at you in between the same drivel we’ve heard in “New Moon”. Bella (Kirsten Stewart) to Edward (Robert Pattinson) to Jacob (Taylor Lautner) back to Bella and Edward and Edward to Jacob and Jacob to Bella and Edward and Jacob and Bella to Edward.
Continuously in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, talking about fighting for their love and no sex before marriage and preparing for battle but really doing nothing and “She loves me but she’s too afraid to admit it” and “She loves me more but I’m not sure about myself.” It’s this childlike, empty conversation between characters with similarly empty, childlike personalities that makes the entire movie feel like a giant fantasy advertisement, an enormous, over dramatic, pre-teen wet dream. The characters are the second biggest issue with this film and even though in second place, it’s by far the most irritating problem. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, has a running time of an hour and fifty-five minutes, minus the credits and not once do any of the characters deviate from the one-tone personalities that are painted for them. The same over the top emotions that cause the same loop-de-loop interactions that actually get so bad that you feel as though you’re watching the same scene over and over and over and over again.
Overall most of what made “New Moon” a total catastrophe has been worked on in “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” and it is indeed a better film than its predecessors. The problem with this analysis is you’re comparing one personal experience with a train wreck to another, in the end it’s still covered in smoke, fire, dismay and you’re hoping to get out alive. The acting has improved but the delivery of almost the entirety of the film’s dialogue is rubbish or cringe worthy. The editing has gotten better and the pacing feels more cinematic but the story itself completely veils this upgrade, making it nearly unnoticeable. Changing the directors was possibly the best choice made here because the film feels much more professional and mature, again though, we’re talking train wrecks here. If you’re a fan of the series thus far, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this installment. If you’re a fan of the books, maybe you will too. If you’re anybody else I would highly suggest, at this point, steering clear of this series entirely and maybe picking up the books.