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The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (Two-Disc Special Edition)
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|Contributor||Kristen Stewart, David Slade, Robert Pattinson|
|Runtime||2 hours and 4 minutes|
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It all begins… with a choice. In the third chapter of Stephenie Meyer’s phenomenal Twilight series, Bella Swan is surrounded by danger as Seattle is hit by a string of murders and an evil vampire continues her quest for revenge. In the midst of it all, Bella is forced to choose between her love, Edward Cullen, and her friend, Jacob Black—knowing that her decision may ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf.
The third installment of Stephenie Meyer's blockbuster vampire series is its most action packed, both in terms of fight scenes and human-vampire-werewolf lovin'. In Eclipse, the vampiric Cullen clan and the werewolves--their sworn enemies--unite against an army of "newborn" vampires, whose remnants of human blood in their veins makes them stronger and more uncontrollable, causing a string of murders in the Seattle area. They've been created by the vengeful vampire Victoria (Bryce Dallas Howard, taking over for Rachelle Lefevre), still keen on destroying human Bella (Kristen Stewart). Thus, Bella is under careful watch, and her undead love Edward (Robert Pattinson) and werewolf best friend Jacob (Taylor Lautner) spend a lot of time arguing over who is the better man for her. (In one hilarious scene where Bella's freezing and only Jacob has the lupine body heat to warm her, he looks over at Edward and cracks, "I am hotter than you." Go Team Jacob!) But there's more at the heart of the triangle than love: Bella, against Edward's warnings, doesn't want to grow older than him and would willingly give up contact with her parents, the chance to grow old with children, and more to be turned into a bloodthirsty vampire. (Jacob's trump card is that Bella wouldn't have to give up her mortality to be with him.) But the unfolding of this love triangle is even clumsier than it was on the page; you're never really convinced Bella has romantic feelings for Jacob, even during their climactic kiss on top of the mountain. This is likely to confuse non-readers of the book series, as Stewart emotes nothing that intones there's a real competition here (clearly, she's Team Edward).
Pattinson, on the other hand, appears to have overcome his awkwardness to become a much cooler Edward; Howard, while missing Lefevre's mischief as Victoria, brings her own touch of soft-spoken manipulation; and Billy Burke, as Bella's father Charlie, continues to steal every scene he's in. The other Cullens also get far more play here, notably Rosalie (Nikki Reed), whose revealing back story is touching and tragic, and Jasper (Jackson Rathbone), who trains everyone in combat and who, halfway through the movie, adopts a sudden Southern accent that he didn't have before, once it's revealed he was a Confederate soldier (on a side note, it's mentioned in the books that Jasper can calm the emotions of others, but that trait isn't used in the movie). The climactic fight scene is well staged by director David Slade (30 Days of Night, Hard Candy); the violence, while not bloody, is still more abundant and disturbing than in the previous films; and the sex, while not actually happening between anyone (yet), is certainly on everyone's mind (but Edward wants to get married first). It seems the characters, and the series, are growing up. --Ellen A. Kim
- Aspect Ratio : 2.40:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 0.62 x 5.4 x 7.54 inches; 6.4 Ounces
- Item model number : 6116369
- Director : David Slade
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 2 hours and 4 minutes
- Release date : December 4, 2010
- Actors : Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Unqualified, Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Studio : Summit Entertainment
- ASIN : B001UV4XFG
- Country of Origin : USA
- Number of discs : 2
- Best Sellers Rank: #33,560 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Reviewed in the United States on April 9, 2022
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In the original, a young teenage girl, Bella Swann, moves to a small American town where she falls in love with a local vampire, Edward Cullen. Yeah, it's a bit cheesy and mainly aimed at 'young adults', but, like I say, it killed a couple of hours. The trouble was that the film has to end when the protagonists get together. Therefore, with a romance film, if you're going to make a sequel you then have to come up with new ways of keeping them apart.
'Eclipse' is now the third entry in the series and even the second one was a bit of a stretch as to why these people who were so 'completely in love' should be apart. It plays heavily on a - supposed - 'love triangle' with a werewolf character, Jacob, and, at the time time release, there was plenty of hype in the media about whether you were on 'Team Edward' or 'Team Jacob.' Again, the whole point of the trilogy (to date of release of this film) was for Edward and Bella to get together, therefore it's hard to believe she'd suddenly ditch the vamp for the wolf.
Now, maybe all this wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't for the fact that the characters themselves are just so one dimensional. Bella is played by Kristen Stewart and Edward by Robert Pattinson who, believe it or not, both can actually act. It took a while for these two young actors to shake off their typecasting and show they could do more than just stare at each other with mouths slightly open. Plus, for a film (mainly?) designed for young teenage girls, I do find a lot of Bella's decisions pretty, er, 'suspect' in her eternal quest for love - hardly a good role model in my opinion. In fact, she's a bit of a 'Mary Sue' where everyone loves her despite her complete lack of personality and even being pretty selfish.
I know there are a lot of teens who love this franchise and every installment. I'm just not a teen any more and was never really that romantic to begin with, therefore this just seemed to be flogging an undead horse a little too far. My sixteen year old daughter would completely disagree. She's probably going to make me watch parts four and five soon.
Feel a little embarrassed because I'm a 35 y/o woman that is totally hooked on the characters (book as wel as the people portraying them on screen) and keep rewatching over and over and over again. I actually feel a bit empty inside when I'm done watching, so I start from the beginning again haha!
I love the story, the special effects in the movie, it's just such a great big love. You shouldn't overthink it all too much. I know people are saying well how stupid is that, she has to die in order to be with him, he is too protective and overbearing. But don't look at that. Look at why she wants to become a vampire and why he acts around her the way he does. It's their love. And that love is amazing and I would wish for everybody in the world.
So read the books, watch the movies. You'll have a lovestory for life :)
Edward is portrayed as a sullen, possessive a-hole with passive-aggressive (and often just plain aggressive) tendencies toward everyone including Bella. For sure, Edward has his issues in the book as well, but it's like they handpicked the worst of him for the movie and left the rest. It doesn't help that there's little chemistry between Edward and Bella - most of the time they just seem to be irritated by each other's presence. The line about them circling each other like satellites seems almost sarcastic because there's no evidence of this in their actions. Based on this you'd expect them to be breaking up instead of getting married.
Jacob doesn't get a fair treatment either. The acting performance is fine but the storyline involving him is severely handicapped. The kiss between him and Bella is nothing but awkward and doesn't begin to depict the supposed inner conflict that arises in Bella's mind. Also, when Bella leaves Jacob's bedside after telling him of her choice, the whole process of her having an emotional breakdown and purging her feelings for Jacob (which I thought was incredibly central to the story) is simply not there. Poof, gone. Why was this movie even made?
After watching the deleted scenes I could not understand why they had been cut. Particularly the bit where Edward tells Bella he understands if she's mad that he tooled with her car and that she should keep the window shut if she doesn't want him there. This is exactly the stuff that would've made Edward-of-the-movie more likeable, showing his tender and considerate side. And they cut it!
Others have commented on the excessive sunshine in the movie, I needn't repeat it here. Let's just say that I knew something was awry when even my husband (who dislikes the Twilight franchise) said "Aren't they supposed to sparkle?".
The hair (both wigs and simply styling) is bad enough to attract attention to itself, which is the worst thing that could happen. Speaking of hair - whatever happened to Edward's "smooth, marble-like chest"? The actor's excessively hairy arms and tufts of chest hair pushing out of his neckline kind of shatter the illusion. Minor, but again something that stuck out that shouldn't have.
Overall, I think the aesthetics of the film are not very successful. The morbidly fascinating hair aside, none of the characters actually look very nice at all. This is most startlingly obvious with Edward who is supposed to be dazzlingly gorgeous. Instead, he's sometimes just painful to look at, quite contrary to the first two movies. There are occasional moments, like the fight scene in the snow, that are beautiful. The rest just doesn't cut it.
The ONLY thing that was better in the movie opposed to the book was Edward's proposal speech. We are shown glimpses of Jasper and Rosalie's pasts but Edward's has never been touched much. I thought it was a nice addition.
This could have been a very good movie, but it's painfully obvious that both Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson have lost interest by now and the director didn't seem to care much either. It doesn't bode well for the Breaking Dawn movies, but I hope I'm wrong.
the film itself has proved a huge hit with my daughter and even ive sat through it. the ever popular twilight series delivars another installment of cute lads, poor acting, laughs, action and some decent cgi wolf scenes. were looking forward to breaking dawn, but i wont pre-order from amzon for that, a trip to the shops is probably a safer option during the run up to christmas!
ps its now Jan 7th 2011 and the original dvd i ordered still hasnt arrived so thanks again amazon c,s depertment!