I’m a bit excited to see The Twilight Saga: Eclipse after seeing the last part of New Moon last year. I am exited to see how the new director visualize the story, hoping that it might be better from the first two movies. But I also tried to lessen my expectation knowing that the script is written by the same writer. And as expected the script is not so impressive. There are too much diagloues, mushiness and pick-up lines that doesn’t work well. But it was for the most part faithful to the story, out of all the films from the saga this one was closest to the book. I’m impressed at the amount of quotes taken from the book and added into the film though there are more better lines that was left out. Lines like “For the first time in almost a century, I felt hope” and what about Jacob line that tells about the movie title – “The clouds I can handle but I can’t fight an eclipse”. Anyway, my favorite line in the movie was not actually taken from the book, the graduations speech of Jessica Stanley played by Anna Kendrick. For me it was perfect.
The supporting characters are more interesting than the leads. Anna Kendrick as Bella’s classmate can make a few seconds of exposure so great, while Kristen Stewart as Bella was quite boring. She is such a blank slate. She has only one look – confused. Taylor Lautner as Jacob is good but there are some lines that didn’t work for him. Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen is great, his acting improves this time. He also smiles a lot which add more charisma on his character. Bryce Dallas Howard as Victoria did a good job but not better than Rachelle Lefevre. She didn’t have enough evil look or attitude about her. Jackson Rathbone as Jasper Hale who did not speak much in the first two movie is a wonderful surprise. The casting of Xavier Samuel as Riley was great.
As for the love story, things did get more physically intimate for the three main characters, more than the previous one, but the “romantic” lines do get more corny. Jacob’s little one-liners didn’t work much. The meadow scenes were a bit lame. And the ring, it’s not how I imagine how an old-fashioned elegant ring look like. I also don’t get why all the boy werewolves walk around without shirts on after their transformation but the girl werewolf has. That is inconsistent. Should they just put all their shirts on? It’s pretty good that they don’t forget to add the Cullen’s backgrounds. Rosalie (Nikki Reed) & Jasper (Jackson Rathbone) history add spice to the story. It was interesting to learn more about their past. It gives a little more understanding on their characters. The story of “The Third Wife” is also there.
The action was quite good. The fight scenes were actually quite well shot with good special effects. They were suspenseful & thrilling. The opening sequence showing Riley being turned was actually pretty tense. There was bit of that creativity in violence, but somehow the camera pulled away just before the image got too graphic. The overall design look of detached vampire flesh was nice & neat. The wolves looked better than they did with New Moon.
The film is way better than the first two movies in terms of visual effects, makeup, acting & story telling. There’s more story behind it. It’s not one of the best movie but it’s good to see that the saga is improving.
“When we were five, people ask us “what do you want to be when you grow up?”
we tell them things like astronaut, fireman or in my case…
When we were 10 they asked again and we answered, rockstar, cowboy or in my case…
Now that we have grown up they want serious answers. Well how about this: “who the hell knows?”
This isn’t the time to make hard and fast decisions. This is the time to make mistakes. Take the wrong train and get stuck somewhere. Fall in love… a lot. Major in Philosophy because there is no way to make a career out of that. Change your mind, then change it again because nothing is permanent. So make as many mistakes as you can so that way when they ask us what we want to be, we wont have to guess, we’ll know.”