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ECLIPSE

So, the third film of the Twilight Saga. As you know, I’ve read the books, and while I fully realize they’re not classic literature, they’re not deserving of the hate they receive just because they’re so popular.
The same can be said of the movies. Though not as effective as the books, they have their place, and they’re entertaining enough.

Eclipse deals mostly with an army of new vampires setting up shop in Seattle in order to get to Cullen clan… The good guy vampires… The ones we root for.

But of course what’s really going on here is the three way between Bella, Edward and Jacob. Who. Will. She. Choose? (excess periods used for dramatic purposes)
Anyway, the three leads, Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and The Shirtless Taylor Lautner (I think that’s his legal name now) haven’t really stretched much as actors.
Stewart’s the best of the three, but I think she impressed me more last time with NEW MOON. I’m curious to see how she’ll pull off the two part finale, Breaking Dawn. That’s the darkest of the books and the one that requires the most from the character.

Pattinson’s fine as the gentleman vampire, but Lautner’s still got that little boy delivery squeaking out from behind his six pack.

Rachelle Lefevre was unnecessarily dumped from the series, and Bryce Dallas Howard was brought in instead to play the vengeance seeking Victoria. While an important role, it wasn’t a huge role screen time-wise, and I don’t see why the change was made.

Anyway, Eclipse is pretty much what you’d expect after seeing the first two flicks. Directed by David Slade of Hard Candy and 30 Days of Night fame, this one does have a few…cooler…scenes than we’ve seen before. But it’s still not dark enough to appease “true vampire fans”, and so the haters will keep on hating.

B +

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