The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
July 4, 2010
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Let me first say that these movies are a guilty pleasure for me. I want to hate them and everything they stand for, but I can’t help but love them. So there is my disclaimer…
I find it interesting how the Twilight franchise continues to get talented directors for their films. I can’t think of another franchise that had multiple directors, all of the same credibility (that being a good thing). In Eclipse, David Slade takes the franchise to new heights. And in this way, he continues to improve on the second film as the second film improved on the first.
This time around, Victoria (Bryce Dallas Howard replacing Rachel Lefevre) is using an army of young bloods (rookie vampires) is find our dear Bella. Also, Bella must confront her feelings for Jacob as she approaches her wedding date. Edward must work with Jacob to stop the young bloods and both try to dissuade Bella from becoming a vampire.
Now this plot sounds rather basic and thin, and it is. The strength of the film comes from fleshing out the characters more. Jasper and Rosalie, quite one-dimensional in the first two films, find room to breathe as we learn their backstories. The film, like the others in its franchise, do an excellent job of marketing to its core audience. Though I’m not a 12-year-old girl, I enjoy these films for what they are…and that is simple entertainment. Yes it has its flaws and yes Stephanie Meyer is a horrible writer, but Eclipse is good, mindless fun. 4 out of 5 stars