JT Film Review

98 – Twilight: Eclipse (2010)

Twilight: Eclipse REVIEW

2.5/5 stars

Director – David Slade

Cast – Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jackson Rathbone, Ashley Greene, Billy Burke, Peter Facinelli

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– follows Twilight: New Moon

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The Twilight franchise has of course inundated our culture in a way not seen since the Harry Potter series. Team Jacob or Team Edward have become catchphrases, signifying which of the two male leads you think the lead female, Bella, should end up with. Now I have never seen the first two movies, nor have I read the books, so this review is from a Twilight outsider. Now, to get right to it.

The first two “acts” of the movie are slow and a bit unfocused. Each and every scene and line is treated as if it is the most important part of the movie. Vampires stoicly recite, and werewolves passionately overact, with poor old Bella in between them. Bella is played by Kristen Stewart, who does her best with the material (and even elevates it considerably), but she can not in the end save it from its navel gazing. Robert Pattinson as Edward the vampire reminds me somewhat of Orlando Bloom as Legolas in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Both have matinee great looks, both are very wooden actors, but both of them are still oddly suited to their characters.

Director David Slade (previous credits including 30 Days of Night) does deliver in the final act however. There are even a couple quite good scenes. One has Edward and Jacob trying to talk over their differences (and similarities), and is edited, acted, and even written well. The battle at the end is good as well, and the concluding scene is touching and not without a quiet sense of humour. The CGI is adequate, but not astounding.

All this is good but Eclipse can’t really get over its opening acts. If they had been written or performed at different levels (so to speak) it may have gotten by. Instead we are given the same emotional pitch all throughout. The actors (with the exception of Kristen Stewart) don’t seem to know how to read beneath their lines. They instead read each line straight, right off of the page. Subtext be darned.

OVERALL

Twilight: Eclipse has a decent lead in Stewart, but she fights an uphill battle with the rest of the cast, who deliver their lines dryly or with over the top sincerity. The tone is too constant, but the third act of the movie does start to deliver some decent material (at least decent compared to the first two acts). I was wavering between a 2.5 and a 3 out of 5 rating, but in the end went with the lower score, mainly because of the unfocused and fairly dull first two-thirds. I think Twilight fans (who have more invested in the characters) will get a bit more out of it than I did.

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TRAILER

“Twilight: Eclipse” on other websites:

IMDB —– Rotten Tomatoes —– Wikipedia

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July 14, 2010 - Posted by | 2.5 Stars, Film Review, Genre - Fantasy, Year - 2010-2019 | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. We agree, the opening acts were weak.

    We disagree about Stewart who we think has only one expression for Bella in 97% of all situation in which the character is placed.

    Well, the third installment goes a little ways in sweetening the bad taste left in our mouths by New Moon. Can you have fun with it and not take it all too seriously?

    If so, here is our take with lots of pics and a little wit if you are interested:

    http://fortresstakes.wordpress.com/2010/07/17/the-twilight-saga-eclipse-2010/

    Comment by Fortress Guy | July 17, 2010 | Reply


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