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Eclipse

3

A lot less cheese than New Moon…

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse review

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse review: Twi-hards and dragged-along-boyfriends, rejoice! After the ponderous, dreary New Moon, The Twilight Saga has rediscovered its bite with a flick that ups the action, sex, pace and humour and ditches the constipated moping, flat gloss and atrocious CGI. Yay!

For the uninitiated: In Twilight, mortal klutz Bella (Kristen Stewart) fell for teen exsanguinator Edward (Robert Pattinson) and they pissed off a bad vamp, Victoria, by killing her mate.

In New Moon Edward dumped Bella, causing two cinematic hours of sulking and flirting with werewolf Jacob (Taylor Lautner) before the lovers were reunited when Ed dabbled with suicide by sunlight.

And now Eclipse, where Victoria (Bryce Dallas Howard, taking over from sacked Rachelle Lefevre) creates a neck-draining army to kill Bella and Edward, forcing the werewolf and vampire clans to team up for battle. And where Bella has some serious decisions to make…

Does she want an eternal, blood-lust life with the literally frigid Edward? Or a human existence with clothes-shirking, eager pup Jacob? And can she get Ed to swap gentle nuzzling for getting down and dirty?

Taking over from New Moon’s Chris Weitz, David Slade knows exactly what fans want and gives it to them. But this is the guy who brought us Hard Candy, so nothing’s going to go down without added edge.

Squeal-inducing close ups of real-life hook-ups Pattinson and Stewart kissing? Yes. Mooning over Lautner’s abs and pecs without acknowledging the inherent comedy in it? No.

Though he honours Stephenie Meyers’ beloved world, Slade recognises that solely pleasing an ardent fan base does not a great movie make.

Along with Melissa Rosenberg’s sassed-up script, he breaks the navel-gazing Bella POV approach to trace the story away from Forks and expand the action to more cinematic proportions.

He cracks the whip on dialogue delivery (no more the lip-biting, pause-filled painful chats), ensures tongue is in cheek for the more bromidic moments (“I’m hotter than you,” declares Lautner with a twinkle in his eye) and introduces a new vampire effect that makes the bloodsucker battle a T-1000-esque, genuinely involving affair.

Bella is feistier, the CGI wolves are better and there’s more  Billy Burke bringing welcome world-weary humour. And, girls, the ‘leg lift’ is everything you’ve ever dreamed of. It’s hot.

But like its predecessor, it’s too long, the wolves are not quite good enough to fully convince and there’s some distractingly bad wig action going on.

Lautner merely channels Tom Cruise (poorly) in lieu of acting and some of Slade’s group shots look disquietingly like marketing standees or action figures (maybe that’s the snarky point?).

Though it’s certainly an improved experience for the non-devotee, Eclipse still isn’t likely to pull off what Weitz also failed to do – winning new fans of the saga.

Verdict:

Not as good as Twilight, not as bad as New Moon, Eclipse is decent teen cinema that will thrill fans and mollify their accompaniers. Can’t wait for the caesarean-by- teeth in the next one…

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    • EmmaPendlebury

      Jul 4th 2010, 20:49

      3

      Saw it today. It's much better than New Moon and I'd say on a par with Twilight. You can't take this franchise seriously with it's over-dramatic pauses and sighing from the actors but as a blockbuster Eclipse is an enjoyable few hours.

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    • umafan1

      Jul 9th 2010, 15:51

      5

      A lot better than the first movie. Great plot, great pacing [not a boring 2 hours like twilight 1], great characters. It all worked so perfectly and it was as if the makers of the first movie realised where they had gone wrong and made a much better film. Very good. I enjoyed it a lot more than I expected to.

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    • hulk68

      Jul 18th 2010, 13:59

      1

      I am usually generous in my ratings. However,after reading the review and user comments I feel I have seen a different movie than the one reviewed above. This movie is difinately the worst in the series. Much more action and better pacing? Have you ever watched a half hearted action movie before? I don't think so. Me and my brother nearly slept most of the movie time. Except few good scenes (actually 3)It is so boring and lazy, the actors take ages to say the words that we already know. This could work on TV but as amovie it is more of a torture exprience. Bad, bad and bad avoid.

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    • hulk68

      Jul 21st 2010, 12:29

      I wish respected users write something instead just giving a rubbish movie five stars just to adjust the user rating

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    • hulk68

      Jul 21st 2010, 12:32

      And the genre is mentioned as Horror! Our neighbourhood cat is scarier than this movie.

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    • superfurryliam

      Jul 22nd 2010, 13:42

      3

      A definite improvement on the first two installments, David Slade's direction has undoubtedly made some shots beautiful that would flop in someone else's hands. Overall, I still find the pace a little slow for these films when they are advertised like adrenaline-pumping action films! Still, the action sequences were handled better and the acting a slight improvement (R-Patz even has a few funny one-liners). Overall, a big improvement on New Moon and grander than Twilight. Enjoyable and entertaining...

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      Aug 2nd 2010, 13:51

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