“ Genre: Horror / Suitable for 12 years and over / Director: David Slade / Actors: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed ... / DVD released 2010-12-06 at E1 Entertainment / Features of the DVD: PAL „
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Firstly, I will start by saying that despite me wanting to read the Twilight Saga books, I have never got round to it. After telling a friend of mine this, she lent me two of her Twilight DVD's to watch, the first in the saga Twilight and the third in the series, 'Eclipse'. She had let another friend borrow the one in between 'New Moon' and was awaiting it back, so hopefully will get a chance to see that as well. For this reason I missed a whole part of the saga and therefore when it came to 'Eclipse' I was kind of piecing information together, although to be quite honest, I didn't find it overly difficult to work out what was going on, and I have since read a little on the internet to get myself updated with what happened in New Moon.
I'm sure most people have heard of, or have either read of watched some of the Twilight saga, but it revolves around the battles between vampires and other tribes with the core the sage being devoted to the love affair between human Bella, and vampire Edward Cullen. Obviously the developing relationship in New moon, but it was clear in Eclipse that the relationship was much more serious and marriage was on the cards, as was Bella's decision to become a vampire herself, and be united to Edward for life. However, there is another love interest, which I think was explored initially in the second of these films, and revolves around Jacob Black, a human from a werewolf tribe who has his heart set on winning Bella;s affections. In fact, we see Bella accept Edward's proposal of marriage in this film, but she can't quite bring herself to wear the ring or admit to Jacob about the marriage acceptance, which only spells trouble for everyone.
The main arch enemy in this film is Victoria, a vampire, who has been there, causing trouble from the start. She is out for revenge after her vampire ally was killed by Edward, and she wants to kill Bella. Victoria, with the help of gullible Riley, a newcomer vampire, decides to gather together a new band of newcomer vampires. The newcomer vampires however are the most dangerous, as they haven't yet learnt how to control their thirst for blood, and want to kill everyone in site, which makes them a perfect band for Victoria to use to get her revenge on the Cullens.
When word gets back to the Cullens about what Victoria is doing, starting out in Seattle, they realise they don't have the power as a family to protect Bella and fight off the attack of the newcomers and therefore realise they need the help of the werewolf tribe, where Jacob is a major part. Jacob, as much as Edward wants to protect Bella, and eventually a plan is decided upon. Edward and Bella are to camp out at the top of one of the mountains, and Jacob is to use is scent to disguise their whereabouts. However, things don't work out as well as expected. There is snow at the top of the mountain and Bella is nearing death with the cold, only Jacob, who is intent on staying around, can keep her warm since he is human and Edward is a cold vampire, but will Edward let Jacob cuddle in to Bella to keep her alive, or will his jealousy of her friendship with Jacob overcome his desire to protect Bella?
There is always a fight scene near the end of an action film and this is no exception. The only thing was, I thought this was a little disappointing. I'm not really into the action side of films, and much prefer the romance side, but I thought there would be much more battle when it came to the newcomers. Yes, the battle between Edward and Victoria was good, but it just seemed too easy, and Edward seemed to beat her without hardly trying.
Near the end of the film after the battle has been won, the Volturi, of which I didn't understand having not seen the second film in the saga, appear at the battle scene, and remind Edward and this family that Bella must change to become like one of them. When they assure them that the date is set, that seems to satisfy.
There are a few things that annoy me about this film, including the fact that I can't quite understand what all the fuss is about concerning Bella, though this may be more to do with Kirsten Stewart, who seems to never ever smile, and hardly have her lips apart at more than a few centimetres. There is definite chemistry between all Bella and her two leading men, which keeps your attention. I also think that for all the build up about these newcomer vampires, the fight was over in a matter of minutes, which didn't seem to fit.
All in all, this is a good film, but with some things I didn't like. I would like to see the second part of the saga, but it is ideal to watch on a quiet night in, without having to use too much brain power!
Ok, so the main female character is Bella. She is painfully shy and does not seem to be able to string sentences together. Bella's boyfriend is called Edward who is a very rich and gorgeous vampire. He is a member of the Cullen family. They consist of Carlisle and Esme (the local doctor and his wife), Alice and Japer (The future reader and the mood controller) and Emmett and Rosalie (the brawny and the beautiful one) Then there is the wolf pack. Jacob Black a member of this pack is Bella's best friend. Sam is the leader of the pack, with a fiancée named Emily. Seth and Leah are brother and sister and also members of the pack. Jared, Embry, Paul and Quill are the other members of the tribe who turn into wolves. Then there are the humans. Bella's friends from school; Mike, Jessica, Eric and Angela. Bella's dad Charlie, who is the chief of police in Forks and Jacob's dad Billy are best friends.
**The Film Plot**
I'll try not to give you too much information which main ruin it if you have not seen it yet. Graduation is upon the characters in the film and that milestone for many young people around the world means a completely different thing for Edward and Bella. But as it draws closer things start to kick off. Bella's clothes disappear, newborn vampires are destroying the nearest city and Edward and Jacob are enjoying a little vampire and werewolf feud. The film ends with an almighty battle, but I won't tell you who with. But will everyone survive or will Bella loose someone she is close to?
I always love watching the extras on films and this DVD did not disappoint. There was a film commentary with Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. This was nice as you got to learn more about the film whilst watching it. For all those who believe in Robsten then it's also a great chance for you to see how the pair really get on.
I am a major fan of these films and the books. I have to say it is probably my favourite of the films so far. The love triangle between Bella, Edward and Jacob really reached its peak, with some hilarious consequences (think Bella punching Jacob) Edward is my favourite character in this film, but he is a little too protective if her in this film, which leads to him becoming all mopey. You also got to learn more about Bella and Edward's relationship and where it was headed, which I am sure no girl is going to mind. The fight scenes were well choreographed and did add some action to the film, which maybe the unwilling male audience would have enjoyed. Overall a great film.
The Twilight saga has gained a lot of popularity mainly due to its gripping story line. It was first portrayed as a novel and its success soon after resulted in a film adaptation.
Where we left off ( Twilight saga: New Moon )
Bella Swan's ( Kristen Stewart) love for Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) is ever so great despite the fact that Edward is a vampire. She is still very much in love with Edward and for his sake wants to also become a vampire. However Edward is not ready to accept and to take such a big step.
Edward and the Cullen family decide to throw a party for Bella's 18th birthday, however a vampires thirst for blood is to great for one to resist. Therefore, when Bella cuts her finger, she bleeds and that sight of blood draws attention to one of the newest members of the Cullen family (Jasper Hale) and so decides to attack her. Edward realizes, although he loves her, the fact remains that he and his family are indeed vampires and that staying with Bella will only bring trouble. He then leaves Bella, for her own good, and decides to go away for good.
Bella, after losing the one she loves, gains comfort from Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) who is a very good friend to her. Their relationships begins to get stronger, however the fact that Jacob too has an underlying secret (the fact that he is a werewolf) is still to unfold. A lot happens thereafter, Jacob Black and his transformation, Edward coming back to protect the one he loves (Bella) and the movie ends with a cliff hanger when Edward asks Bella to marry him.
New moon is mostly focussed on Bella and the choice in love she has to make, with regards to Edward and Jacob, however eclipse looks at Jacob Black's growing love for Bella in more detail.
Twilight saga: Eclipse Synopsis
A new breed of vampires is forming, and The Cullen's don't have the strength to fight them off alone. Bella still persists to become a vampire, however Edward Cullen says that only if she marries him will he turn her into one. All are concerned of Bella's safety, in particular Edward, and is also concerned of the werewolf pack attacking her. Even after Bella tells Edward, there is nothing to worry about and that Jacob Black (from the werewolf pack) will never harm her or let her be harmed.
Jacob Black and Bella meet up, and its during his visit he decides to express hos love for Bella by forcefully kissing her. Bella is then enraged after this, and hits Jacob injuring her own hand. Edward Cullen becomes aware of this and threatens to hurt Jacob Black should he do something like that again. This is the point in which there is a slight distance between Bella and Jacob which also affects her relationship with the wolf pack. Bella however, decides to forgive him when Jacob persistently asks to be forgiven. (This is when the movie begins to show a bond between the Vampires and Werewolves)
After Alice Cullen ( Ashley Greene) sees a vision of the new vampire breed wreaking havoc and attacking Forks, the Vampire pack join with the werewolf pack to form a legion of their own army and eliminate the new born vampires.
Bella, decides to marry Edward as only then will she become a vampire and be able to stay with Edward eternally. Jacob and Edward put their differences aside, as they believe that Bella's safety comes first. However, when Jacob come to know that that Bella is ready to get married to Edward, he becomes upset. His anger towards this makes him lose his senses and he decides that he should fight the new born vampires himself and emotionally blackmails Bella into kissing him. Upon the kiss, she realises she is in love with Jacob also. However wants to be with Edward.
Victoria (leader of the newborns) tracks Bella and Edward down, and at this point Edward engages in battle. The battle between the Cullen's-Werewolves and Newborns begins!
Kristen Stewart...Bella Swan
Robert Pattinson....Edward Cullen
Taylor Lautner...Jacob Black
Ashley Greene...Alice Cullen
Elizabeth Reaser...Esme Cullen
Kellan Lutz... Emmett Cullen
Billy Burke...Charlie Swan
Bryce Dallas Howard...Victoria
Jackson Rathbone...Jasper Hale
Xavier Samuel...Riley Biers
Director: David Slade
Running time: 124mins
Release Date: July 2010
What I liked
This movie is no doubt the best I've seen in the Twilight saga. There's a bit of everything added into this movie to make it a full packed movie. From action and thriller all the way to love and romance. This movie lacks nothing in suspense, as viewers are always wondering what is going to happen next. The actors, in particular Bella (Kristen Stewart), Edward (Robert Pattinson) and Jacob (Taylor Lautner) did a magnificent job in portraying there roles and their expressions have successfully supported the hype of this film. The special effects are superb in which the environment, transformations of werewolves/vampires are the best one can expect and really keeps you on your toes. I particularly liked the battle scenes, as they are well constructed and attention to detail is at its best.
What I Disliked
This movie was simply superb. The director (David Slade) did nothing to disappoint the audience. It does justice to the novels and this is definitely one to watch. (124mins may be long for some, but a lot goes on in the movie and so the length can be ignored)
Well, this movie is a Must for those who have already seen the previous two in the saga. Even if you haven't, watching this installment will make you want to watch all the movies in this saga as the storyline has immense strength in attracting the audience. Out of the three , I believe Eclipse to be the best with regards to the cinematography, music, action and although the movie is pretty long, I didn't find the length to be an issue. Once I was hooked into it I didn't realize time fly by. In fact when the movie ended, I was craving for more!
Twilight Eclipse, combines many genres so it is compatible with those looking for a bit of action, fantasy, a little horror and most importantly romance. However, don't mistake this film to be purely a boring love story (for those of you who get bored of love stories lol). It is a combination of plenty of genres and so everyone can watch it. Definitely one to watch.
Personal Rating: 9/10
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Fangs for the Memories...
I remember when the first Twilight film was released at the cinemas - I was visiting Cineworld on the same night, but watching a different film. A stream of excited teenage girls stretched right out of the door and into the carpark, and I knew that Twilight probably wasn't for me. A week later, my curiosity had got the better of me, and I decided to see popular vampire film for myself. No, it wasn't a film that I especially *wanted* to see - but I was keen to discover what all the fuss was about. Upon leaving the cinema, my overall assessment was that the film wasn't especially good - although I did kind of enjoy it in an easy-watching, guilty-pleasure sort of way. Since that time, I've watched both of the subsequent two films in the franchise - 'New Moon', and 'Eclipse', with this review focussing on the latter.
THERE ARE GOOD VAMPIRES, AND THEN THERE ARE BAD VAMPIRES...
Like the two preceding films, Eclipse's story is still firmly centred on Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), who seems to attract trouble like a magnet attracts metal. When a number of gruesome killings occur in Seattle, the Cullen family begin to wonder whether vampires are involved. Even more worrying is the fact that vengeful vampire Victoria (now played by Bryce Dallas Howard rather than Rachel Lefevre, as was the case in the first two films) might have something to do with it all. Simultaneously, Bella must battle with her internal demons and make the ultimate choice between Edward (Robert Pattinson) and Jacob (Taylor Lautner) - but who will she choose, and will either of them be able to keep her safe from the imminent danger?
I would argue that both Twilight and New Moon were fairly tame offerings in terms of their content - occasionally feeling more like an episode of a U.S teen drama than a supernatural thriller with any real menace. However, Eclipse does appear to be a slightly more grown-up production - perhaps due to the fact that David Slade has taken over from Chris Weitz in the directorial role. Slade has worked on films such as the gritty '30 Days of Night', and 'Hard Candy', and he's actually been able to create an edgier and slightly more adult offering. Scratch under the surface and you'll find that Eclipse is a surprisingly violent spectacle, cleverly packaged under the guise of a 12 certificate due to the way that vampires smash like porcelain when despatched, rather than leak blood like a regular human would.
The film doesn't deviate too far from the book, and Melissa Rosenberg does an impressive job in handling the screenplay. There are a few moments which are built upon, or added from the original story to good effect, such as the opening scene in which a vampire attack is seen in from the perspective of the victim. This works particularly well, and sets the tone for the rest of the film nicely. That said, the main crux of the story will be ultra familiar for those who know the original work... as I previously mentioned, Bella has to make a decision regarding Jacob and Edward; and if you're new to the whole bizarre love triangle, then you may find yourself slightly confused. Who would you go for... the cold Vampire with the long sideburns who can offer eternal life, or the annoying (but warm) werewolf with the extremely white teeth? It's easy to see why teenage girls (and slightly older girls) are so easily drawn into Stephanie Meyer's fantasy world. It's also easy to see why hardened film-goers don't take the film especially seriously.
Edward (to Jacob) "If we weren't natural enemies, and you weren't trying to steal my reason for existing, I might like you".
Performance-wise, Eclipse is much improved from both the original Twilight film and New Moon - and this is perhaps down to the less ponderous delivery of lines. The incarnation of Edward in particular is generally more agreeable - he doesn't give so many excruciatingly mournful looks, which is certainly a good thing. And this is probably one of the reasons why I preferred this film to the preceding two - the characters are just that little bit less annoying. There's also a peppering of light-hearted humour scattered throughout the film's 124 minute run-time, which perhaps shows that the movie isn't taking itself as seriously as it did in the past.
In the lead role, Kristen Stewart does an adequate job as Bella - although as a character she can be incredibly frustrating (previously seen nagging Edward to 'transform her' with the persistence of a small child on a long car journey). And I'm not overly concerned about who is 'hotter' out of Edward or Jacob (honest!) - but Jacob certainly looks less peculiar since he's had a haircut! I think if there is a weaker actor out of the three main leads, it probably is Jacob (Taylor Lautner), even though he has clearly come on since his awkward and wooden performance in the first film. The chemistry between all the actors seems to be pretty good, and similarly the supporting cast are effective - with Ashley Greene (Alice), Jackson Rathbone (Jasper), and Peter Facinelli (Carlisle) working well as Edward's extended vampire 'family'. These friendly bloodsucker are a bit of an odd looking bunch, with the uber-pale Carlisle in particular being reminiscent of Patrick Kielty gone wrong. Compared to Twilight however, the characters look positively tanned - make-up has been significantly improved, and the facial whiteness is no longer quite so white.
- - - - Let's talk about the special effects - - - -
From a special effects perspective, Eclipse is slightly improved from New Moon, and much improved from Twilight. The most obvious improvement relates to the CGI wolves which previously looked odd in both their movement and mannerisms. Now however, these hairy beasts are rendered with an impressive fur texture and are generally more passable (although they still aren't completely convincing). One of my biggest annoyances with the preceding films was the actual movement of the vampires when running and leaping through the air at high speed - it was apparently all done with wires - and whilst the film-makers should be commended for sticking with an old-school technique, basically, the effects just looked ridiculously cheesy and slightly cringe-worthy. Now, the running and jumping appears to be much more natural, which makes the movie a little easy to take seriously.
As the film progresses, the viewer is treated to some effective battles between the newborn vampire army and our main protagonists - these semi-epic skirmishes are handled quite nicely with some well choreographed manoeuvres and interesting camera angels. Similarly, the cinematography is much improved, and the frequent use of landscape panning shots demonstrate a real understanding of what makes a film visually appealing. In fact, many of the landscapes used in the film are incredibly picturesque, and this is something which makes the production more interesting and watchable.
- - - - FINAL WORD - a stirling effort, or a movie which is eclipsed by the other films in the franchise? - - - -
To be honest, I have a mixed opinion regarding Eclipse - it doesn't excel in any aspect of it's production (apart from the cinematography perhaps), but neither is bad by any means. It's certainly my favourite (and I use the word loosely) film of the franchise so far and I was generally entertained during the viewing experience. It goes without saying that Eclipse is clearly a film aimed at the female market - and having Taylor Lautner spend a portion of the film shirtless was something that was clearly wasted on me. But hey, if that's what the fans want, then that's what the fans get. In terms of its critical acclaim, Eclipse has been receiving extremely mixed ratings to date, and this is illustrated by the fact that its current Internet Movie Database score is a measly 4.8 out of 10. I wouldn't be quite so harsh, as it's by no means bad in guilty-pleasure sort of way - three out of five dooyoo stars. So what happens next in the Twilight saga? Well, mirroring the Harry Potter series, studio bosses are further cashing in on the franchise and spitting the final book into two films - expect them to hit the cinemas some time in 2011 and early 2012.
- - - - LEAD ROLES - a recap of who's in the film - - - -
Kristen Stewart - Bella Swan
Robert Pattinson - Edward Cullen
Taylor Lautner - Jacob Black
Xavier Samuel - Riley
Bryce Dallas Howard - Victoria
Anna Kendrick - Jessica
Michael Welch - Mike
Christian Serratos - Angela
Jackson Rathbone - Jasper
Ashley Greene - Alice Cullen
- - - - PRICE, AVAILABILITY & DVD SPECIAL FEATURES - tying up the loose ends - - - -
The two-disc special edition DVD version of Eclipse can currently be purchased for £11.99 from play.com. In terms of the special features - well, there's over three hours worth, including the regular deleted and extended scenes, audio commentaries (with Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, and also Stephanie Meyer and Wyck Godfrey), photo galleries, and a six part 'making of' documentary. Those of you who would prefer to watch Eclipse in high-def, then the blu-ray version costs £14.93 from Amazon (it doesn't seem to be available from play.com at present).
- - - - CRITICAL ACCLAIM - how Eclipse is viewed by the media - - - -
"Better than the first two instalments, but not likely to endear itself to detractors, Eclipse is all about the trashy topless wolves, dreamy abstinent vampires and doomy teenaged longing" - Film 4
"The franchise has finally produced a movie that all will be able to enjoy - even hard-done-by boyfriends who've been dragged kicking and screaming to see it" - Sky Movies
Bella and Edwards are more in love than ever, even enough for him to agree to change her to a vampire after her graduation. There happy life changes though when a string of attacks and missing people in Seattle leads Edward and his family to believe there is a gang of vampires doing them.
The Collins family try to investigate the attacks but they soon discover that it s down to Victoria and she is setting p an army to avenge the death of her lover. The Collins family believe that Bella is in grave danger and so have to try and protect her.
Bella is having her own troubles when she is asked by her father to spend some time with Jacob as he is having problems and after doing so she realises she has feelings for him and has to decide which man she wants to be with. With Edward and Jacob enemies this is hard for Bella but with her life n danger can the men put their problems to one side and try to save her life and if so who will Bella choose?
The plot summery I have given for this film really is very basic and there is more which happens so don't be put off by the seeming basic story but I just did not want to spoil it for those who may not have seen the film yet. I was so looking forward to watching this film as both me and hubby fell in love with the two previous ones and we both expected good things but unfortunately we were both left slightly disappointed. The story is good and carries on from the previous films in a good fluent way but there was a lock of pace to the story and it seemed to have the same path as the previous film with no real outcome or change. I personally felt that this film was padded out to make the saga slightly longer and what we did have in this 2 hour film could quite easily have been condensed into 30 minutes and added to one of the other films.
The acting was good and Robert Pattinson who played Edwards was superb. He played a mean and moody character but was also able to show a much softer side to his role when working and on screen with Bella. He was strong and tough and I found he was able to show his powers in a good way. I loved the chemistry between Edward and Jacob as there was always a lot of tension between them both. Jacob was played by Taylor Lautner and for me he was also superb in the role. He showed courage and strength and he really has matured well and settled into the role in a great way. He was very fit and played the part of a wolf well and I liked how he comfortable took part in the effects with ease and made them look realistic. The role of Bella was good but she seemed to be stuck in the same old place being unsure of hr feelings and she has not grown or matured into the role well despite the fact she was supposed to have been older now and so sure of what she wanted. I thought he was actually a bit weak in the intimate scenes with her and Edward sand felt she could have given more to the role to make her stronger and more believable.
We had a lot of excellent support actors in the film and the ones which stood out for me were, Bryce Dallas Howard who played Victoria, she was strong and knew her mind and I felt she bought a lot to the story. I also enjoyed the roles which the Cullen family played and felt they bought a lot more to this film than in the previous ones, the lead of the Collins family, Dr Cullen was played by Peter Facinelli. I found the role of new born vampire Riley, played by Xavier Samuel was a strong one and at times I did think he acted better than Edward and had more of the look of a moody vampire. We had a lot of returning starts from the previous film and they all played their roles well and continued with their parts fluently.
As you can imagine with this film being about vampires and werewolves there are lots of special effects and CGI included in the film. The parts where the character were using their powers was created and added to the film effortlessly and looked very good, the actors did a good job in making this possibly too. The effects which were used for the fights and battles were also excellent and they all looked believable and entertaining to watch. The appearance of the werewolves was lovely and they actually looked very cute and cuddly. They all had the look of the popular dog the German Sheppard and it did bring back memories of our old dog. They were created well and had good features and looked amazing. The vampires looked good and I got used to them being out in the daylight and still fond it enjoyable when Edward shone like crystals and found this to be a good touch.
The props and sets were all great and well made and I liked the feel of the old basic town again. The se of posh cars and the modern Cullen house did seem a little out of place but I saw past this and just enjoyed the film for what it was. We did have a lot of the film set in the woods surrounding Forkes and I did enjoy the scenery which we got to see and there was no times during the film when I noticed badly added back drops.
The DVD which we have does have 2 bonus features and these are deleted scenes and audio commentary. I have not watched either of these so am not able to make comment on them. The DVD is available in all good shops and I paid £12.97 from Tesco for mine. The running time of the film is 124 minutes and I did find this was slightly too long as the story seemed to drag and nothing much happened. The rate is a 12A and I do agree with this as there are some horrible scene with the new born vampires.
I am sad that I can only give this film 4 stars. The acting was good and so too was the effects but for me there was a distinct lack of storyline and pace. I would also have liked Bella to have grown more into her character. This is definitely a film for fans of the saga to watch but I don't think it would make a stand alone film as you will not understand the depth of the characters and the issues they have with each other. I would advise waiting for the price of the DVD to come down or for this to be shown on Sky Movies to watch and save those pennies.
Eclipse is the third instalment in the Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer. It was released in cinemas in the UK in July 2010 and the DVD has just been released in time for Christmas.
The dramatic start to the film is located in Seattle where a wet walk home turns into a never ending nightmare for a young man named Riley.
A few miles away in the town of Forks Bella Swann is still entangled in her eternal love triangle with the cool but irresistible vampire Edward Cullen and the younger hot-blooded werewolf, Jacob Black. The love rivals have to form an uneasy truce to protect Bella from a greater threat that is heading her way. The truce between Edward and Jacob is simply an extension of the one that has existed between the Quileute tribe and the Cullen's for many years however the impending threat requires both sides to work together to prevent a calamity in the whole area.
The Twilight Saga is simply a love story. It is played out against the backdrop of the fantasy worlds of Werewolves and Vampires but basically it is purely a story of a girl falling in love regardless of the suitability. What then follows is a tale of love and devotion and the discovery of how much people will endure to get their hearts desire.
I am not really the target audience for the Twilight Saga but like many women my age I was introduced to it through my teenage daughter. I think the appeal rests with the fact that we can probably all remember falling in love and the teenage angst that went with our first romance. These feelings are recreated beautifully in the story and that allows the viewer to identify with the main characters even if they are supernatural. Almost everybody desires to be loved by someone with absolute devotion and this is what is seen with Bella and both Edward and Jacob. Being 18 and having the world at your feet and men willing to die for you is quite a powerful idea.
Recently I read an interesting article that stated that people go to see films such as Twilight and Harry Potter because they love the books and want to see how closely the films mirror the stories and also to see how their favourite parts are represented on screen. I think this is very true and being a fan of both series I have also seen all the films. There are lots of different details that fans can pick up such as Alice turning up in the yellow Porsche that Edward had bought her for looking after Bella.
The book of Eclipse gives lots of background information about the Cullen's and the Quileute tribe and I was not sure whether this would be included but it was handled well so the viewer became aware of Jasper and Rosalie's past histories as well as the ancient stories of the native Americans. These are essential to understanding things like Rosalie's animosity to Bella and Jaspers in-depth knowledge of Newborns.
Eclipse is undoubtedly my favourite book from the Saga so I was a little dubious about whether they could recreate the emotional turmoil well on screen.
Early on in the film there is a scene of Edward and Bella in the meadow. This meadow has always been an important part of the films for the writer Stephenie Meyer as it was a crucial part of her original dream. The first thing that became apparent was that Robert Pattinson (Edward) and Kristen Stewart (Bella) looked natural and at ease. There have been various rumours of their off-screen romance since the original Twilight film but somehow I have always thought that they seemed a little wooden together on set. In this scene the romance seemed completely believable and there was the humour, teasing and touching that made it seem like true love.
Although Bella always strikes me as being a rather needy, whiney sort of girl she obviously has some appeal as the main direction of the story is the love rivalry between Edward and Jacob (Taylor Lautner). Jacob knows that Bella loves Edward and wants to be changed into a vampire and so he is aware that he only has a short time to get her to change her mind and realise that she loves him too and that he can give her the sort of human life that Edward cannot offer. Although Edward knows that Bella loves him he is still a little insecure and feels that Jacob is a real threat, both as a love rival and as an uncontrollable werewolf. Teenage jealousy still comes to the fore and there are several comic moments that make the film appealing because of it.
The "Tent Scene" was probably the highlight of the film for me as it was a wonderful recreation of my favourite part of the book, Edward and Jacob being confined in a small space whilst trading heart to hearts was delightfully executed.
I would not categorise this film as an "action" movie but there are still some impressive action scenes. The final battle involves the vampire and the werewolves and there is certainly lots going on. In the first film the fast movement of the vampires was depicted in a dreadful way, it looked ridiculous and artificial. This time around the special effects looked far better and the speed of movement was deftly matched with the vicious attacks that resulted in the rock solid bodies of the vampires being smashed in a truly believable way. The werewolves seemed to be much better this time as well. The CGI movements were far more lifelike and helped to totally immerse the viewer in the battle. There are several other good action sequences as well including a flashback to the activities happening in Seattle.
Robert Pattinson once again provides a great performance as Edward Cullen, he is obviously now comfortable in the role. Kristen Stewart has been a real disappointment to me in the previous episodes but she produces a much better Bella in Eclipse although I am still not convinced that she was the best choice for the role in the first place. The irrepressible Jacob Black is once again played by Taylor Lautner, he seems to excel at teenage angst and once again he spends most of this film with his shirt off to the delight of his fans.
No film is carried by just a couple of actors and although Robert, Kristen and Taylor are the definitive faces of the Twilight saga there are several others who really help to hold the film together. By far the strongest contender for the best supporting actor has to go to Billy Burke who plays Charlie Swann, Bellas father. He comes across as such a natural father figure to her; he plays the droll single father perfectly. His scene in the kitchen trying the broach the subject of contraception with an embarrassed Bella is a real show stealer which had my husband laughing and my daughter mortified!
The cast of school friends, Volturri, werewolves and vampires has been kept the same which is nice from the point of view of continuity and also allows some of the characters to develop further.
One of the new additions was Bryce Dallas Howard who took over the role of vengeful vampire Victoria. I believe this was the first time Victoria was required to speak in any of the films so I presume the original actor was not suitable for the extended role.
The screen play for this movie was written by Melissa Rosenberg who also wrote the screenplays for the two earlier films. I think this allows an excellent flow through all of the films and they all have a similar feel. She uses some of the iconic lines from the books throughout the film which is a nice touch and she has been commissioned to write the screen play for Breaking Dawn (the fourth instalment) too.
Making his Twilight film debut was the British Director David Slade who had a previous vampire movie, 30 Days of Night under his belt. The look of Eclipse is visually stunning; there is stark contrasts between the sunny impressions in the meadow, the hard-edged starkness of the Seattle camp and the native wilderness around Forks (actually filmed in Vancouver). These changing aspects have a tremendous effect on the feel of the film as it jumps to each area and then finally builds to the major confrontation. Every visual detail is considered, the first thing I noticed was the way all of the Cullens were dressed in similar colours when practicing their fighting, they were all in shades of blue which looked perfect against the green woods and the wolves.
As with the other Twilight films this film has an excellent soundtrack, it is very atmospheric and original and adds to the other-worldly feel of the film.
I originally saw this film at the cinema and compared to the other two films there are definitely more lines with comic value and the audience certainly laughed out loud several times.
As with so many DVDs now this one carries a host of special features. I must admit to rarely watching these but with my daughter and I being such fans of the film we did decide to have a glance through them.
Deleted and Extended Scenes: There are only a few of these, one of a conversation between Bella and a friend about Edwards's jealousy and another between Bella and her father. There were a few extended scenes too but they were not very interesting.
The Making Of: This section was split into 6 parts and followed various aspects of the making of the film. I really enjoyed this part and found it fascinating. There was a large part about the Cullens house, in the previous films they have been filmed on location but because there was more action at the house this time they actually built a full-size reconstruction inside a film studio instead including the forest outside, I was completely unaware of this whilst watching the film as it was so realistic. There was also a lot about shooting the mountaintop scene which was interesting as I had presumed that had all been filmed inside. Another section was all about the fight scenes, how the actors trained for them and how they were choreographed and filmed.
Audio Commentary: There are two audio commentaries, one by Robert and Kristen and the other by Stephenie Meyer and Wyck Godrey (producer). I have only listened to the Rob and Kristen one which is quite funny as you listen to the two chatting away about nothing (mainly what Rob was eating!) and dropping in anecdotes about the filming. I find this quite entertaining and it gives another dimension to the film.
Jump To.... Many Twilight fans either fall into the camp of Team Edward or Team Jacob so if they prefer they can either watch the film by jumping to all the Edward scenes or all the Jacob scenes and miss out the parts in-between.
I really enjoyed this film; it captured all the best parts of the book and turned it into a stunning visual experience. It is never possible to incorporate absolutely everything from a book into a film but I think they certainly covered all the major points with this version. My daughter and I were bound to enjoy it but my 13 year old son actually enjoyed it too as there was more action than the previous films (and also plenty of Alice Cullen who is his favourite). However since owning the DVD my husband actually agreed to watch it, he has never seen the previous films although living with two Twihards he does know the story. He was surprised that he actually thought it was quite entertaining, the special effects were better than he anticipated and he found all the teenage jealousy things quite funny and it was not as corny as he expected.
Eclipse is a successful film that will appeal to a wide audience although it is certainly not a film for everyone. The rating is 12 due to moderate fantasy violence but compared to a lot of films I have seen lately I don't think it is very violent at all. I have my doubts about how well Breaking Dawn will transfer to the big screen so I am glad this one worked well.
Wow. Considering this is one of the most favoured books of the series - this was a poor effort. The fact it was released at the Cinema so speedily after New Moon was a warning tell-tell sign already, and evidently - you can see it was RUSHED purely to keep up with the MANIA surrounding these books / films and make profit profit profit. Sadly, in the process - the film suffered from this, and it showed. The whole thing looked rushed and shoddy.
The first Director - who directed Twilight, captured her passion for the books and the telling atmosphere that Meyer wrote about in this little area of America - and made it visually haunting, mysterious and strangely beautiful. It's Forks. It rains alot, and its cold all the time. There were some fantastic shots of the landscapes in Twilight, and the use of the blue / violet filters on the cameras really set up a distinct atmosophere visually, in itself. However... in this film - most of the shots in Forks and the surrounding area look like California. Unusually sunny, despite geographically this should not be the case, and also despite the fact Stephanie Meyer hammered it into us in all the books that this place was freezing, and wet most of the time. The fact that already the film asthetically looked like another movie set - this cost the film any atmosphere it had left at all, and frighteningly so. I could see it coming in New Moon though, there were bits of it then... but not like this. Is the director ashamed of the world Stephanie created? No need, if your gonna mess around with the plot (which he did do) leave the atmosphere Stephanie captured us with in the books, and was captured perfectly well in the movie of Twilight. This is a moody story, let it be brooding and unusual from what's out there already in every box office.
Rosilie's back story, and Jasper's - just like the rest of the film were rushed heavily. Something seemed very wrong with the period-flashbacks. It looked like a phoney set with extras in obvious costume. Of course this was the case in film making reality, but everything looked brand new and 'animated' in period style - not quite real, not like the actors had 'lived' in those clothes, which can give a sense of reality and truth when its historically correct and the production source real antique clothing, or fine replicas. Surely they have enough money to employ a few historians to work with the costume department like in any film with a historic story or twist within it? Check out the scene where Rosilie is walking with her fiance in what looks to be a park... you'll know what I mean about the whole thing looking phoney. Jasper's flash-back scenes were equally as dissapointing. Despite being a fine actor, his southern american accent seems to get thicker and thicker as the film goes along. It just gave the impression the director was asking him to ham it up hard.
Could not take my eyes off Bella's wig... it was so obvious! Again, where was the money in this film? Did the cast and production team pocket it for more plasma tv's and indoor swimming pools - than on the actual film itself? This film looked shockingly cheap - and it was the Twilight movie that was apparently low budget! Just goes to show that time, sensitivity and effort can really make a film's quality. It just seemed like nobody working off Set could be bothered - "It makes millions, why make the effort anyway?"
The graphics were pure cringe... as well as the wolves looking somewhat more Disney than they were in New Moon - the killing of the newborn vampire graphics were TERRIBLE. Stephanie describes Vampires skin to look like marble... but the director, once again didn't get it, and whenever a vampire got decapitated - say by the head and neck - it would look straight out of a cartoon in quality (seriously it looked like early 1990's graphics we laugh at today) and there were no physical innards! Not to love anything grizzily, but realistcally there wouldn't just be a beige slab for a neck like an actual broken statue! Despite vampires being technically dead, their bodily internal organs would still be intact... not magically dissapear! Who did they employ for graphics? A Fresher at University happy to work for free so they can spend more cash on the off-set buffet? Most of the scenes were done on blue-screen too, not on real locations like in the first film - which gave reality and depth. Again, blue-screen is actually cheaper to use funnily enough... but where have all the millions of dollars gone on this film? There were some amazing shots of landscapes on Twilight, but no they stay in a Hollywood studio set the majority of the time despite the fact they had so much more money than Twilight's production, and in some ways more artistic freedom because of this...
The kissing scene between Jacob and Bella is SUCH a crucial part in this story, in fact - that's what the first 2 books and films were leading to... and it was such a throw away scene in the film! Really, it seemed the actors couldn't be bothered and the Director couldn't either. There was no tension, no reference to Jacob's abnormally un-human body heat, his living heart opposed to Edward's cold, dead one... the whole scene was a limp, weak kiss to some god-awful music that could have been bought and played behind any scene from any action/romance film... no unique atmosphere with music choice either unlike the film Twilight, as well as how the whole thing was shot. The actors, particularly Kristen and Robert seemed a bit bored, like most reviews are saying. I completely agree. The Volturi cast also made a poor monotone effort, and with Jane's obvious black eye makeup (when do Vampires have time to put slap on? Were the make-up artists trying to create a 'scary' look? Because it just looked phoney) and her brother looking frighteningly 'current' like Justin Bieber (I guess they sold out to catch more 12 year old fans) why bother having the Volturi as bad guys? And why had the new director ignored yet again the first person narration of events by Bella? Twilight kept the inner narration, but again, the Director wanted this to be like any other movie.
All in all the film was rushed, and it was all about making money rather than telling the STORY, like how it was done in Twilight. It's dissapointing when the director who had the balls to put it out there as a film in the first place doesn't continue with the series (and yes I'm also talking about Harry Potter!) and some other big shot Hollywood Cheese steps in and ruins what the author set out to create, and what the initial director was intent on retelling visually. I LOVED the books, and I LOVED Twilight the movie... but after the semi-let down of New Moon and this complete blag of a film... I'm really let down and feel the story has become a little tainted.
The eagerly awaited third installment of the Twilight Saga has arrived!
For anyone not in the know, this is the third film from the Saga, which centres around teenager Bella Swan, played by Kristen Stewart, her vampire boyfriend, Edward Cullen, and her werewolf best friend, Jacob Black.
For the third film, David Slade takes over as the director, turning the film slightly darker than the previous two, bringing in more CGI and action.
In this chapter, we see the love triangle between Bella, Edward and Jacob become more intense. Bella becomes more determined to become a vampire, while Edward tries his hardest to convince her not to give up on her human life so readily. Plenty of action scenes commence as the desperate for revenge Victoria closes in on the Cullens, ready to avenge the murder of her partner James.
With more fighting scenes and more special effects than the previous two films, Eclipse is a lot more full on to watch. To ease the flow of the film, David Slade has made a good choice in using parts of Stephenie Meyers short novella, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner ( which Twihards will know is a follow on short story of one of the newborn vampires who appears in Eclipse) to tie in the whole story so anyone can follow the Seattle side of this film without needing to have read the books. These scenes work really well, especially as they are where a fair portion of the action comes from and they help the storyline along.
The DVD comes in two versions - the standard dvd with the feature film, or the 2 disc special edition. The 2 disc edition comes with more than 3 hours worth of features, including a making of documentary, audio commentary from either Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewert, or Stephenie Meyer and Wyck Godfrey, deleted scenes music videos. You can also choose to watch Edwards best scenes, or Jacobs best scenes in the Jump To section.
Eclipse is my favourite book out of the Saga, and as a huge fan, I was left slightly disappointed by the film due to my high expectations. After watching the DVD special footage of deleted and extended scenes, I was left feeling disappointed as the scenes that were cut were brilliant, very true to the book and would have been great in the film and made me enjoy it even more! I suppose something needs to end up on the cutting room floor, though!
If you are going to buy the DVD, I would recomend going for the 2 disc edition, its only slightly more expensive than the standard edition, and although I usually never watch any special features, its worth the few extra pounds just to see the deleted and extended scenes, although the other features are also pretty good.
All in all, the film is great. Strays away from the book a bit too much for my liking, but visually stunning, the darkness of David Slade's style really suits the film, and the acting again improves from the last film. The only criticism I really have is the hair depeartment really need to sort out the wigs and hair pieces - they are getting worse with each film!
The Twilight saga has officially taken over the world!! The continuation of the story sees Bella struggling with her love for both Edward and Jacob and their inability to see eye to eye. As Edward and Bella contemplate the future and try to reach a compromise between their respective desires for marriage and immortality, a storm is brewing elsewhere.
The vampire Victoria whose mate was killed by Edward has been plotting revenge and her plans take the form of a newborn vampire army which is equally bloodthirsty and reckless.
As trouble comes to the boil, Jacob and Edward are forced to work together to see off the threat.
Just like the first two movies in the franchise, the film sticks to the plot in the book very well and there isn't much necessary detail which is either left out or altered. Once again, the immaculate casting of the majority of the characters in this film makes for a smooth transition from page to screen. A very good balance is struck between the action in the film and also the emotional side of it which should keep a wide variety of viewers enthralled.
Another sterling effort and well worth a watch!
After watching the first two Twilight movies, I had finally put my foot down and refused to watch them any more! But my boyfriend presented me with the third movie the other night and I didn't have the heart to tell him that I couldn't sit through it. So I grit my teeth and watched it with him.
In the third installment of the Twilight saga, Bella is preparing for her graduation. Planned for her graduation is the change from human to vampire, however, Edward insists on a wedding before the change.
Continuing from the previous movies, Bella is struggling with her feelings for childhood friend, Jacob, whilst Jacob and Edward try to be civil towards each other.
When a series of mysterious disappearances accur in a local town, the Cullen clan start to become suspicious that another clan has begun hunting close by. It soon becomes obvious to the Cullen's that someone is planning an attack on their family, in order to reach Bella.
As with the first two movies, this movie has followed on from the book very well and not ruined the original story.
This movie had a little more action in than the others, which made a nice break from the soppy love story. However, the actions scenes were very sparse and, with the huge storyline building up to them, should have lasted a lot longer.
Also, you get to find out a little more about some of the members of the Cullen family, which makes the movie a little more interesting. I did find that these were the only parts of the movie which held my interest for long enough.
OK so I've jumped on the Bandwagon and decided to actually watch a Twilight Film. Anyway, the only reason I went was because my friends were going and I felt like I should go along as well, and also (I have to admit) to stare at a topless Taylor Lautner. :)
So, I'll say it now, I'm not a fan of the twilight series at all, I believe that it's all a bit pathetic and 'posery' and crap basically, I just don't see how you can make so much out of a love triangle. Plus I feel vampires and werewolves are meant to be scary - not 'glittery.' Possibly the main reason I dislike the saga, was my attempt to read the first book, which I thought was so badly written I couldn't stand to actually read any more.
So, considering this and considering the fact that I had no idea what was going on, I spent the first half of the movie asking my friend (an expert) on what the hell was going on. Not much for 2 hours. Basically some evil vampire is trying to get back at Bella and Edward for the demise of her boyfriend vampire, and so she creates an army of 'newborn vampires,' and so to beat these the 'Cullen's' and the Werewolves have to make friends to protect Bella, I kind of found this a bit far fetched - I mean all this over a girl who can't pick between Bestiality and Necrophilia (as my other friend would say).
So, I would say that I didn't particularly enjoy this movie at all, it took a long time to get started and when the 'war' did happen - the effects weren't that brilliant either - when the vampires died they got their heads taken off, and it kind off looked like glass when it was - it was weird. Also I find it amazing that everyone on Bella's side managed to survive, while those who were enemies didn't.
As well as this I found the acting 'interesting,' Kristen Stewart I found to be a bit wooden, and other actors in the film were just as bad, although Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner were quite entertaining, some scenes I actually laughed at. I'm also glad they cast Xavier Samuels as Riley though, he is extremely attractive, and I especially look forward to his parts, not that I'm shallow or anything.
Minus the fact that the movie wasn't all that enjoyable, I really love the music involved. Muse, Vampire Weekend And Florence and the Machine all contributed brilliant music to the film.
So, if you are new to the franchise, or not a fan, or are like me, just have no opinionated on the whole thing, then I probably wouldn't recommend this movie, although if you are one of the 'Twihards' then carry on. Rest assured I can't wait for 'Vampires suck' to be released.
When twilight first came out i had my doubts about watching it so, i never went to the cinema i never bought it on dvd i waited until it was on the tv and boy was i wrong too do that. From the moment i watched it i was hooked the drama, the thrill, the romance, the fiction, it's so intense and gripping! So when eclipse came out i practically ran to the cinemas to watch it and i was not disapointed. Alot of people i know told me to go see it and sad there was only talking in the film and no action but to be honest all i could see is action the story gets alot deeper. even my bf loves them!
The plot: It's very different from the first two and theres alot more fighting and drama. I won't ruin the ending like i did with some other reviews. Basically victoria is back with a vengance and she wants her revenge and sets up and army and both edward and jacob have to pull together and put there differences aside to save bella. But as this is going on. And, as if this fight isnt enough bella has to fight her own feelings and can't decide who she loves more. Vampire edward or Wolf Jacob. It's funny because everyone is pro edward in the first two but once this once this one came along it was hard for even me to decide who i wanted her to be with.
My verdict: If you loved the first two you'll love this it's a must see for any twilight fan or non twilight fan for that matter. I think what's so great about the film is it isn't obvious and everything changes so rapidly. Watch it, you wont be sorry.
I have been in to the Vampire genre for a good while and have enjoyed films such as Queen of the Damned, The Lost Boys and Interview with a Vampire - more recently I have really enjoyed the series of True Blood and Vampire Diaries. This gives you a good idea of what rocks my boat in this genre. I really did not think for one minute that the Twilight saga would be for me, what would it have to hold my interest as it wasn't my age group? My daughter insisted that I would enjoy and so I gave in and we sat down to watch Twilight - I eat my words, how wrong was I and thank goodness my daughter is tenacious! I loved Twilight, I really enjoyed New Moon and now I looked forward - I should say 'could hardly wait' for the Eclipse to be released. I was not disappointed this movie was brilliant!
The film begins with Victoria creating Riley, a newborn vamp who she tricks into thinking she has feelings for in order to have him build an army of newborns to avenge her former love who was killed by the Cullens - Edward in particular. Bella is her target as she wants to inflict the same pain on Edward that she feels without James her lover.
I like the fact that the vampires (Cullen family) need to join forces with the werewolves as this produces some great scenes of tension between Edward and Jacob who are both desiring the attentions of Bella. Jacob is convinced that he can offer her the best future and protection and more of a 'normal' life than Edward. I find it amusing also when Edward reads Jacobs mind as this often infuriates Jacob, understandably!
The film is really geared up to a fight which will take place between the newborns and the Cullens and of course leading up to this fight there are intrusions and sighting of unknown vampires who are seeking Bella's belongings in order to let all newborns take in the scent so that they will all be hunting her out and seeking to end her life.
The Volturi become involved when they need to investigate numerous killings that could expose vampire existence to humans. When they discover Victoira's revenge plan they agree to allow them to proceed as they bear a grudge with the Cullens and Bella.
Alice manages to see the future and this allows Edward and Jacob to take Bella well out of the way from where the fight will take place, high in the mountains. When the battle begins Victoria is not with the newborns, she has found Bella but not reckoned on Edward and a young wolf being with her - she meets her end after a pretty exciting and impressive battle. Meanwhile on the battle field all but one newborn called Bree Tanner are dead. The Volturi arrive and are stunned to see the Cullens alive, they are unaware of the help that the wolves gave. They kill Bree even though Carlisle offered to be accountable for her which I thought was quite sad.
The ending is satisfactory and leaves you wanting more, which will be a two part film of the whopper book called Breaking Dawn! There is talk that it may be in 3D!
I really really enjoyed this film, still not the intense passion of Twilight but there is a good amount of believable passion in it and the fight scene is brilliant! The film gears up to it and as I love wolves too I was in my element. Great acting, great effects, superb!
Bring on Breaking Dawn!
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I appreciate many of you may not enjoy the films (or the books or saga) but I've followed them as I've read all the books to date and quite enjoy the film adaptations.
The third installment picks up pretty much where we left off in New Moon, however, unlike the book it shows you an unknown character being attacked by something. The film then opens into the first scene with the main characters Bella potrayed by Kristen Stewart and Edward (Robert Pattinson) in their meadow, the usual sexual tension surrounding them, the intense look in his eyes when they kiss and et cetera, much the same as the previous two installments except with a little more intensity than before due to the characters having a lot more chemistry. It's a nice and colourful scene to open with and a good way to introduce us back into the movie, the meadow is back to it's colourful and flower filled state like the first movie (rather than in the second where Bella met Laurent when he was trying to kill her and it looks all dead and withered and bland)
The plot then centres around Bella and Edwards graduation from high school, a trip to Florida and an army of newborn vampires being created in nearby Seattle. There's not much else to say about the plot - if you've read the book you'll know what happens but this film is more like a follow on or a bridge between New Moon and Breaking Dawn. I enjoyed it, but I felt it was a little rushed and a few key scenes from the book were misplaced but I understand that it's difficult to squeeze a book into a 2 hour film and still capture all the details.
Overall the direction was good and their was a lot more chemistry and tension between the lovebirds and even more so between Jacob (Taylor Lautner) and Bella. I have to say some of the scenes between the two best friends are really heartbreaking and there are a few moments where you think she might just change her mind about Edward.
I don't have much to say about the soundtrack, it's much the same as the previous two movies and I felt some of the music scores could have been a little more dramatic but some of the songs did work.
The special effects were fluid, the human to werewolf transformation worked much like it did in New Moon. I'm still not a fan of the sparkly vampire thing but it's a key factor in the book, I just think sometimes they look a bit too twinkly. Also, the way the vampires are destroyed is a bit unrealistic but I think it's because they're supposed to resemble stone breaking and crumbling rather than corpses being dismembered and it is still, essentially, a film for preteens, families and younger people so you wouldn't want too much gore in it.
Eclipse is my favourite book and I was pleased with the way the film was portrayed, apart from it being a little rushed. The script was good and filled with a few little jokes which had me giggling and some of the moments between the main characters had some great dialouge as well as many great quotations from the book itself.
Eclipse is released officially on 9th July 2010 and I recommend anyone that enjoyed the previous two films to watch it. If you've not yet jumped onto the Twilight train and don't think it's for you, look into seeing it because I think this film is quite a lot better than the previous two and can stand as a film on it's own rather than needing all the background knowledge of the previous films.
My sisters and I arrived at the cinema, bought our snacks and settled into our seats in the cinema just as the trailers ended. As the opening credits came up they both turned to me and said "what's happened so far? We didn't get to see the other films." At first I thought it was funny but my amusement faded after the tenth "is he a bad guy?" and "do they know he's a vampire?". If you're only just jumping on the twilight bandwagon please start with the first film, not for your own pleasure (my sisters both really enjoyed this film even though they didn't know much background) but for the sake of your companions. If you insist on starting with Eclipse or if you just need a reminder I have provided some background information (which is probably available in much more detail on wikipedia).
The Twilight films are based on a series of teenage paranormal romance novels. The first film saw Bella move to Forks, a small town in America where her father lives. Bella meets Edward, a hundred year old vampire and they fall in love. During the first film Edward has to kill a vampire in order to protect Bella. The vampire who he kills is the mate of a female vampire called Victoria who isn't particularly happy at being widowed. Edward refuses to make Bella into a vampire.
In the second film Edward and his family (the Cullens) leave Forks when one of Edwards foster brothers attacks Bella when she cuts herself. Bella is left heartbroken and starts acting impulsively, taking risks. In this film Bella discovers that her friend Jacob is a werewolf (with an amazing chest). The werewolves and the vampires are enemies, although the Cullens and Jacob's pack do have a treaty of some kind so they live in relative harmony (or at least without bloodshed!). While Bella is preoccupied with her broken heart Victoria is plotting revenge. Edward becomes convinced that Bella is dead and decides to get himself executed by the Volturri, a group of powerful vampires who rule all vampires (or something like that). Bella manages to save him. She still doesn't get turned into a vampire but the Cullens vote that eventually she will.
In Eclipse Victoria is creating an army to help her avenge the death of her mate. Jacob and Edward are both in love with Bella who is still determined to become a vampire. I know this is a really brief synopsis but I don't want to give away any spoilers.
I haven't read the twilight books so my opinion of this film is based just on the film, not on any comparisons with the books.
I have to admit that I've always found the romance between Edward and Bella creepy. Edward is over 100 years old, Bella is under 18 at the start of the series, barely more than a child. I wouldn't condone a relationship between a 16 year old and a 30 year old, never mind a 100 year old even if the adult looks really young. I wouldn't mind the age gap if she was older but as it is I find it creepy. In order to actually enjoy these films though I have put this aside. This wasn't made easy in this film
when Edward talks about his traditional values and how things were in his time and I just couldn't help thinking that in his time sex with children was legal. However, this is just fiction so I can put that aside and in my head Edward is now just a very mature, old fashioned 18 year old. Before I watched this film I was firmly in camp Jacob. As I left the film I had moved my tent to Camp Jedward, not because it reminds me of a wonderful Irish duo who were robbed of the X Factor title but because having watched this film I believe that Jacob, Bella and Edward could all live happily together and I don't think there's enough ménage in mainstream fiction. Why not let Bella have the best of both worlds?
Let's move away from the romance and onto everything else, starting with the characters. What I don't get is why all of the vampires are really attractive except Edward, the hero of the story, who looks Michael Jackson did after his plastic surgery. It just makes no sense to me. Robert Patterson is not an unattractive man. He was attractive in Harry Potter, he looks nice on television interviews and you would think that with films like the Twilight films they could make him look even better. I think someone should tell the make-up artists that looking like you've gone too far with plastic surgery is not a good look, even for a vampire. Edwards looks aside I did like a lot of the characters in this film. As the films progress I find myself more interested in Edwards family. In this film we find out more about the background of certain characters and I found that really interesting. I actually wished at points that they would show us more because I was so fascinated by their backgrounds and how they became how they are. Although his family have quite minor roles in the films I think they're really well developed and I felt when I was watching them that there was a lot of depth to their characters. I haven't read the books so I don't know if it's because their characters are explored in much more depth there and the actors have that to base their characters on. If I put aside Edwards attraction to much younger girls I actually find myself quite liking him. I can certainly understand why so many girls and women find him attractive (despite the way he looks in this film). I like the way that he's so protective over Bella, I like that in some ways he's a bit mysterious and that I feel like there is so much more to him that what we already know. By far my favourite character is Jacob. To me Jacob fits my idea of a romantic hero much more than Edward, in part because he's close to Bella's age but also because I think there's a protectiveness there that matches Edward's and there's also a determination. Throughout the films so far I've felt that Edward is willing to give up on their relationship far too easily but Jacob shows in this film that he's determined that he and Bella will be together. I know that this review probably isn't endearing me to Twilight fans and I'm sure this won't make me any more popular but I really don't like Bella. I just find that she alternates between being extremely dull and extremely irritating. However, although I liked some characters more than others I do think that all of the actors played their roles well. There isn't a single person who lets the side down and everyone from the main characters to the most minor of characters played their parts convincingly.
I thought that the plot to this film was quite interesting and I thought it allowed the viewer to see much more clearly what it's like to be a vampire, particularly a newborn vampire. I thought that the entire film added a new dimension to the building of this fantasy world and I thought that it made it much darker. In previous films we've had a taste for how dark the vampire world can be and how ruthless the Volturi are but this film seemed to take it to another level entirely. We also learn more about the werewolves and in particular the history that the werewolves and vampires share. When I read fantasy books I love learning about the worlds that they're set in and films are exactly the same for me, I just love exploring fantasy worlds and a lot of this film seemed to explore the worlds of the vampires and werewolves. It was nice to have some clarity on certain issues.
Although the plot was interesting I don't think it was done particularly well. There isn't really much suspense built throughout this film. There were times that I knew were supposed to be suspenseful and I felt that I should be on the edge of my seat but I wasn't. The whole storyline with the newborn vampires and the coming battle is built up throughout the film and then it's just a huge anti-climax. Obviously I don't want to give away any spoilers so I'm not going to say any more than that.
This film is flawed. It's supposed to be suspenseful and scary in parts but it isn't. It's supposed to be a love story but the hero looks like the late Michael Jackson and the heroine is whiny and annoying. Expectations are built throughout the film and then there's a big anti-climax. However, it's really enjoyable. I enjoyed this film so much but I feel like I shouldn't have. I feel that after all of the complaints that I have about this film I should be rating it one or two stars but I loved it. I was engaged throughout. It's a long film but at no point did it begin to drag for me and when it ended I felt like I could have happily watched it for another hour or two. I wanted to see more, I wanted the next instalment. It's almost enough to make me read the books. The fact that I enjoyed this so much overrides every single criticism that I have. I found this film surprisingly funny. It's not a comedy by any stretch but every now and then one of the characters will come out with a line that has me laughing out loud. I think they're funnier because they're always so unexpected. This isn't a film to be taken seriously but as a light hearted film and an escape from reality it's excellent.