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The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (DVD)
Member Name: leighsady
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (DVD)
Date: 01/08/10, updated on 02/08/10 (52 review reads)
Advantages: Passable, lots of new characters.
Disadvantages: A bit disappointing, a bit flat, and not enough depth. Too much info missed out.
The Twilight Saga - Eclipse
I'm a bit disappointed as I waited so long to see this and had heard how good it was compared to the first two. It was ok, but only just. The film lasts about 2 and a half hours and already half way through I found myself looking at my watch wondering how much of it was left until the end. The story does take a long time to unfold and and doesn't really quite reach the climax you expect when it gets there.
Plot / Storyline
The film tries ever so hard to remain faithful to the book, it does include most of the highlights in the book but ever so briefly and it would have been nice if there was more depth and substance to each subject. Personally, I found Eclipse the best of the four books, there is so much more on the background and history of the characters. The part where Jacob's dad talks about the tribe in ancient times, it would have been great if the film elaborated on this more.
Pretty okay - and not visually as dark as expected which is good because when that happens you usually lose half the film in picture because you can hardly see anything. It has all the right elements but just not producing a big enough impact. The flow of energy seems to appear on one level and some of the scenes do seem a bit too long and unnecessary. Overall, not bad, but did really expect more punch.
There are a lot of new characters this time, and I was really looking forward to the film because of this, this would have meant that more storylines were going to be introduced. I'm a bit disappointed here again because we only see very briefly each of the new characters. I would have really wanted to know more about the new characters, their background, history, what they could do in their specialism. Especially with Leah Clearwater, it would have been so good to have seen more about her, because as a werewolve, she is also a girl as well and in the book there were a lot of issues because of this and the film could have used a lot of it as a comedy tool to lighten up the film.
The little girl that was was picked to join the 'army' of vampires. She looks very familiar and very interesting at the same time, I thought that 'all would be revealed' towards the end, but then again another disappointing outcome.
It was the same in the previous films, with so many characters, but almost no history or background development included into the film, especially when this exists in the book.
Edward- Edward looks a bit healthier this time round, but also very powdery and some wrinkles creeping up. The character seems more mature and developed this time round and I'm really glad to see it, because before the charater seemed a bit pubescent but the vampire is meant to be about 102 years old!
Jacob - Jacob is looking a bit off in this film, like he may be feeling a little unwell. I felt the film could have done more to develop Jacob's character here, he does appear in the film, and seems to be in thought a lot but the audience needs to know what he's thinking and why, especially as one of the main characters and part of the tribe there needs to be something to justify his existence. It sounds very strange, but for some reason it just felt that the film didn't really need Jacob there at all.
Victoria - Love the hair colour, it's so vibrant! Actually distracts me from the purpose of the character. And the new lady is so pretty as well, beautiful large eyes...though we need more on the character.
The James replacement guy - sorry, I just can't remember what the character's name was, Briers...? Very handsome to the eye at first, and we see him a lot, but we don't really know what he's doing and why, and I don't think he knows either, the film doesn't show much of his thoughts to us. He's just there doing something...and also, what happened during the scene with Charlie and why...?
The rest of the Cullen family...again, we need to see more into their backgrounds, not much of their special features and characteristics show through clear enough...with Jasper and Rose, we get to know more about them but only briefly, and Emmett - it's like they're never going to get round to him! - we need more!! On every one of the Cullen's actually...
I didn't have a clue with what was going on with the Volturi - Jane looks as if she's scheming up some plan to overthrow Aro, a bit disappointed that Michael Sheen wasn't called for this one as he was so impressive in New Moon, guess they didn't have an extra $5 million to spare... And Jane just looks very evil...
Charlie is quite funny at times, though he seems to be drinking too much beer for a policeman...
My favourite scene
Probably the running scenes when each of the Cullens are chasing Victoria, although it's not really clear what she is doing here making herself vulnerable particularly when she is already planning the 'army'. The opening scene with Bella and Edward in the field of flowers looks very pretty.
The film was two and half hours long and after about an hour we are still waiting for the 'army' to arrive and the Cullens are still wondering whether to do something about it. When they do arrive it's all a bit limp. I wouldn't have mineded if the film was three and a half hours as long as everything was in the right place and that they developed it fully and not just stuck it somewhere on the film reel and hope that the audience would be grateful for the fleeting existence of it.
Thanks for reading.
Summary: Please make mega improvements in Breaking Dawn....