Twilight Saga: Eclipse—Movie

Eclipse is actually good. There, I’ve said it. In fact, this third film in the Twilight saga is so much better than the first two movies, it’s almost unbelievable.

A fan of vampire television and movies, I went to Twilight, the first installment, with open mind and much anticipation. I was sorely disappointed. Having not read the books, I was shocked that vampires could run around in the daylight…even in Seattle…with no consequences. The acting was also mediocre at best. Reluctantly I went with my niece to see New Moon, the second film. It was worse than the first. And the acting went from mediocre to horrific…hello Taylor Lautner! I decided to see Eclipse because I heard buzz that this was the best of the three. For once the buzz was right.

Something miraculous has happened between the second and third installment. The lead actors have actually learned how to act, most notably Lautner. Along with his chest muscles, his acting muscles have grown. He won’t be mistaken for Daniel Day-Lewis anytime soon, but he has improved.

Based on the books by Stephanie Meyer, directed by David Slade, with screenplay by Melissa Rosenberg, Eclipse revolves around efforts to keep Bella (Kristen Stewart) safe.  Once we dispense with the obligatory werewolf Jacob (Lautner) or vampire Edward (Robert Pattinson) nonsense, the movie takes off. More so than the scenes with Bella and Edward, the scenes between Jacob and Edward have real zip and chemistry to them and are fun to watch.

The supporting cast also does a great job, particularly Jackson Rathbone (Jasper Whitlock), Nikki Reed (Rosalie Hale) and Kellan Lutz (Emmett Cullen). Unfortunately, Dakota Fanning (Jane) who should really be supporting no one, is totally wasted.

 I still can’t get past the issue of vampires out in the daylight, but that is the fault of Stephanie Meyer, not the film. For me, Twilight will never come close to the vampire excellence of Angel or True Blood. But based on its own merits, Twilight Saga: Eclipse is just fine.

3 nuggets out of 4

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