The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)
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Indeed, it seems like "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" is another huge at the box office hit. Showcasing just how popular a love triangle can go when promoted properly. Heck, I think it's ridiculously obvious by now, that the whole "Team Jacob" and "Team Edward" concept is nothing more than a marketing ploy to promote a love triangle that appeals to the erotic fantasies of little preteen and teenage girls everywhere. And to a creepier extent, some of the elderly and middle aged women out there that love looking at hot younger guys. Which is creepy because Taylor Lautner (Jacob Black) barely turned eighteen years old the last time I checked. However, that still doesn't stop elderly and middle aged women from drooling just as much as the teenage and preteen girls out there over him, when he takes off his shirt for like three quarters of the freaking film. Hell, even Edward (Robert Pattinson) said it best in the film, "Don't you even own a shirt?" My thoughts exactly. We get it, your rip and women want you because you have a muscular body. We get it. Please for all our sakes, put on a damn shirt and stop walking around half naked, Taylor Lautner.
Anyway, I apologize for my short little rant a minute ago, as I just felt like venting out that opinion for a minute. To get back to the film, the story essentially takes place a few months after the events of the last movie. Where the romance between Edward Cullen and Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) has continued to grow, as Edward continuously asks Bella to marry him. Bella reluctantly refuses still because she might still harbor feelings for Jacob, as well. Although she'll never admit it....at least at first. However, as much as she loves Jacob with all her heart, she loves Edward even more. Thus, this creates a very bizarre love triangle, when the two are forced to put aside their petty differences to protect her.
As it seems, Victoria (Bryce Dallas Howard) wants revenge against the Cullen family for murder of her boyfriend, James. Thus, she starts to put together an army of new vampires aka newborns, as they call them in the movie. Unlike regular vampires, these newborns are allegedly a helluva a lot stronger, since the blood of their living bodies still courses through their veins for the first few months of their existence. Hence, making them almost unbeatable for the Cullen family to defeat on their own, which is why the werewolf clan reluctantly accepts to help them. However, the drama doesn't end there, as the events leading up to the climatic battle suggest that there might be a higher force behind this whole ordeal. However, I won't spoil it for those that haven't seen this movie.
The story line is basically more of the same; offering very little if anything new to the series other than more elaborate fight scenes thrown in for good measure around the end. You have back and forth banter between Bella and Edward, Bella and Jacob, Edward and Jacob, and you'll occasionally have moments where all three of them are talking to each other. For those who might have seen some of the trailers promising a more action oriented "Twilight" film, then you might want to check it again.
No, this film pretty much focuses even more on the love triangle of Bella being conflicted for her feelings between Jacob and Edward. Not that there's anything wrong with it, but I just wish the dialogue for this film could have been a helluva a lot better than if that was the case. After all, most of the film is spent with the main protagonists talking about their feelings for each other throughout the first ninety minutes of a two hour movie.
Which is fine again, as your talking to a guy that loved films like "Before Sunset" and "Before Sunrise", where all the main protagonists did was just talk about their lives and feelings for one another. However, what made those films highly interesting was that everything they said was potent and deep. As it would allow for the audience to learn something new and intriguing that would peak the interest of the audience, without ever getting boring or reiterating the same damn thing. Where as "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse", every conversations these characters have with each other seem like nothing more than rehash and reiterations of a previous conversation they had in the previous film. Thus, making each thing these characters say to each other rather boring, as you don't learn anything new about them through their conversations, nor does anything get resolved. Unless you want to count Jacob's victory in getting Bella to finally admit she loves him too but then again, we already knew that from the get go, so it doesn't count in my book.
As we already know Edward and Jacob both love this woman, and Bella continues to play the naive girl that wants to be with Edward, but doesn't want Jacob to know because she doesn't want to break his heart. Yeah, it was an intriguing concept, but it's a shame the dialogue isn't a helluva a lot better to keep it interesting, as one has to wonder if writers for this movie were on crack or something when they wrote this.
If that wasn't bad enough, the special effects for this film weren't that great either. As the werewolves might seem cool to look at, when you first lay your eyes on their beast forms (not the shirtless dudes, that I'm sure many girls liked). However, when it comes to the final fight scene between the newborns and Cullen family along with the werewolves, the wolves don't seem to have any sort of effect on the vampires at all. In fact, it seemed like every bite and scratch did next to nothing to the newborns. I have to wonder is it because the newborns are seriously that freaking strong? Or is it because the director did a half a** job choreographing this scene? I don't know about you folks, but I'm blaming the director for this one.
If that wasn't horrendously bad enough, the actors still haven't improved much from their last performance within this franchise. Don't get me wrong, they're a helluva a lot better than they were in the previous film, I'll give you that. However, it seems they still have a long ways to go before either of them will convince me they can act. Although I did enjoy the light heart rivalry, as Jacob rubs his personal victory of being the only person up in the mountains, to offer Bella warmth as he holds her. Something Edward couldn't because he's a cold blooded vampire. Yeah, it's a shame the rest of the this film wasn't that interesting to watch, as much as that one scene. As the rest of film pretty much plays out like a bad teen soap opera about vampires and werewolves, that you just want to gauge your eyes out as you watch it.
Overall, I doubt seriously this film will appeal to anyone that isn't already into the whole "Twilight Saga" scene. As the film pretty much caters to the teeny bopper girls that will probably continue to go gaga over the two hot guys in this movie, while the middle aged and elderly women will drool in private watching this. Yeah, it is rather sad that "Twilight" continues to substitute creative storytelling and emotional depth with subtle eroticism and soft core porn to entice little girls to see this movie, but what do I know? After all, they have to be doing something right, since it seems "The Twilight Saga" is well on it's way to challenging "Harry Potter" for the title of most successful film franchise ever conceived. Therefore, if you already loved the previous films, then you'll definitely like this movie. However, if you hated and loathed the last two films, then I would avoid this one at all costs.