Thursday, July 1, 2010

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Review

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Review

Eclipse is the third film in the Twilight franchise following New Moon. Each new Twilight film has had a new director and there's no exception here, David Slade (30 Days Of Night) takes the reigns this time. Mellisa Rosenberg returns again to write the script based upon the Stephanie Meyer novel of the same name,

The story continues right on from where New Moon left off, so if you haven't seen the previous two films you'll be lost here. Bella (Kristen Stewart) is still unable to stick to or please either Edward (Robert Pattinson) and Jacob (Taylor Lautner) and on top of this someone is creating a mysterious vampire army in Seattle. The script follows more closely to the original material than the last two have done, back stories given in the book on Jasper (Jackson Rathbone) and Rosalie (Nikki Reed) are shown which will please fans of the book. Little bits of the vampires army story is shown but it would have been better if the recent release of The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner an Eclipse Novella (by Stephanie Meyer) had of been taking into account more when the script was written, for a more insightful story.

The acting is all of the show for most the part, at time Kristen and Robert will give you a believable performance and then at points give you the silly weird ones seen throughout New Moon. Lautner is more or less the same, i thought in New Moon he was up himself with his recent success so much he only worried about flaunting it and not actually acting, it more the same here but not as bad, but ladies that's what you came to see though. Luckily the rest of the cast makes up well for this, the whole Cullen family giving the best performances so far throughout the saga, especially Reed and Rathbone. Bryce Dallas Howard replaces Rachelle Lefevre as Victoria, doing a well enough job to mimic the way Lefevre created the character. Everyone else in the movie is average but well enough to carry the movie.

The wolves in Eclipse are a lot better looking than in New Moon, the fur effects are actually quite impressive. Most of the special effects in Eclipse are quite good, believable and none are used to over the top, all used in good manner. The film is a lot darker looking than the previous to, which is good to see, Twilight seemed to have a blue theme and New moon a green one, here we have black and i like it. By this i don't mean theres no colors, theres some beautiful cinematography in the fields for enjoyment with the blu-ray release I'm sure. The soundtrack is good, not memorable but matches the atmosphere well, the song selections are more or less like New Moons soundtrack choices.

This is the way all the Twilight Saga films should have been done, the right mixture of light comedy, interment moment and with the dark world that surrounds Bella. If only Kristen and Robert could get there chemistry right we might have had a better film. But still by far this is the best Twilight Saga film yet. As i film just above average, but if you liked Twilight fan you'll enjoy this quite a bit.

Acting: 7
Writing: 7.5
Direction: 8.5
Production: 7

Overall: 7.5

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