Much to my complete hesitation I went to see “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” with my dear friend who visited from New York City on Monday.
There are a few reasons why I hesitated:
1) The expense: New Jersey movie tickets are $9.00 a person for a matinée and $10.75 for a small popcorn and drink.
2) The acting: Monotone. Over-emotional. Overly a waste of time.
3) The actors: As much as people try to convince me of the two-hour supposed “eye-candy” I get from these movies, I beg to differ. Lautner is prison bait and Pattinson is pale and needs a comb.
Having never read the books and missing the second movie, “The Twilight Saga: New Moon”, I thought I would be lost amongst the dark, angst, totally non-realistic vampire/werewolf love. Surprisingly, I could follow the “Eclipse” storyline very well.
“The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” was directed by David Slade. Slade usually goes for the darker sides of things and you could definitely tell his name was all over this movie. Victoria (Bryce Dallas Howard) is assembling an army of young vampires, Newbies, to kill Bella Swan (Kristin Stewart) for killing her boyfriend James. The vampires and werewolves have to work together to defeat Victoria. Meanwhile in a field of flowers, Edward Cullen( Robert Pattinson) vows to protect Bella. Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) confesses his love for her when they’re in his garage. Bella, after what seems like hours of awkwardness and unappealing sighs and whiny groans, accepts Edward’s marriage proposal but is embarrassed because she doesn’t want to hurt Jacob. Bella graduates from high school and the fight scene at the end is of epic proportion. The movie ends with Bella and Edward on their way to tell her father she’s engaged.
The fight scene was pretty cool. It wasn’t “Troy” or “Gladiator” worthy, but it held its own. Of course, the acting was bearable but terrible. It perplexes me why they got rid of Rachelle Lefevre, Victoria, because Bryce Dallas Howard can’t hold a candle to her. She didn’t portray the character well at all.
If you’re a Twilight fan, you’ll probably drool endlessly throughout the movie. If you like fantasy creatures fighting over mortals, you’ll love it. If you’re an avid movie goer, I’d suggest seeing another movie. But you already knew that didn’t you?
“Eclipse” gets two out of five stars. The only thing that saved this movie was the fight scene.