The Twilight Saga Eclipse Movie Review

[Spoiler Alert!] Eclipse was my favorite book in the Twilight series. Everyone I know knew how the final book in the Twilight series, Breaking Dawn, broke my heart. David Slade’s Eclipse did not exactly break my heart but it did not excite me either.

Storytelling

In terms of how the scriptwriter and director remained faithful to the Eclipse novel, I would say I give them an 8/10. I liked the fact that they were able to place the Robert Frost poem at the start of the film. The progression of the telling is also very faithful to the book including the Cullen graduation party, the fight training, the battle, the snap decision and everything else that happened. The telling of Rosalie Hale’s unhappy ending and Jasper’s story were welcome add-ons to the movie. However, it was such a waste that I did not see Rosalie bite Royce’s head off. Still, that small scene with her wearing the wedding gown as she scares Royce is good enough.

I do not know if it’s a good thing or a bad thing that watching the movie felt like I was reading the book again. Movies are supposed to present us with a new experience aside from just providing a visual. I think Eclipse was faithful to the novel but did not give me anything unexpected or exciting visually. I enjoyed the tent “I am hotter than you” scene and the kiss of death between Edward and Victoria. Other than those two scenes, I don’t quite remember the other scenes very well.

Performances

Of all the performances, I liked Robert Pattinson’s Edward Cullen the most. His  facial expressions, body movements and expressive eyes communicate so much to the audience that words may no longer be necessary. I also liked the vampires’ “crying-without-tears” expressions. Taylor Lautner’s Jacob Black is ok for me. I think there was too much emphasis on his physique that it masks his performance.

What peeved me the most about Eclipse is the performance of Kristen Stewart. Again, I just did not like her approach to Bella Swan. I did not feel the pain of rejection in the bed scene when Edward “rejected” her. In the book, Bella actually cried but in the movie, she just looked irritated. Although I did not really expect much from her because she totally disappointed me in both Twilight and New Moon. What would make Eclipse different?

The replacement Victoria, Bryce Dallas Howard, did nothing for me to feel that a replacement was necessary. I liked Rachelle LeFevre so much better and I am further convinced that Rachelle would have been a more vicious Victoria than Howard.

The supporting cast who still shine after 3 movies include Billy Burke (Charlie), Kellan Lutz (Emmett Cullen), Academy Award nominee Anna Kendrick (Jessica Stanley) and Peter Facinelli (Dr. Carlisle Cullen).

With its ups and downs, it was still good to watch Eclipse but don’t expect too much of a ride. The poster’s promise of “war” is really just a brawl.

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