Yes, the rumors are true: “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” is a vast improvement on the previous “Twilight” films. The interaction between the werewolf tribe and the Cullen clan is a lot of fun, the vampire army feels like they could exist in the “Blade” universe(only with less blood), and the action is exciting albeit brief. This chapter seems to have similar issues when it comes to the writing though.
This time out Victoria is still searching for Bella(which three films in should make her the strongest villain in film history-well, no-maybe Dr. Evil ties her). Instead of coming at her directly, she builds an army of ‘new bloods’: just changed vampires who haven’t learned to control their bloodlust, making them even more dangerous. Realizing that they can’t defeat them on their own, the Cullen family enlists the help of the werewolf clan to fend off the army. Jacob wants to help to protect Bella, but it’s not clear why the other werewolves would be so quick to assist as well. Also, according to “Eclipse” an army consists of about fifteen people. When they all square off at the end, the battle is fun to watch but is by no means epic.
Does this mark the first time in any one of the films that Edward actually smiles? It sure feels that way. Bella, Edward, and Jacob end up sharing a tent while hiding out from the approaching vampire army, and this is the single best moment in any “Twilight” film yet. When Bella goes to sleep, Jacob and Edward are left to only each other. Instead of hostility and throwing insults back and forth, the two have an honest, truthful, civilized conversation. For these few minutes the dialogue employs a bit more maturity-but it only lasts a few minutes.
Isn’t it curious that the only thing that Bella(Kristen Stewart) and Edward talk about when they are alone is their own relationship, almost in a third-person sense? Most of their interaction is a back and forth about when they will get married and when Edward will change Bella to a vampire. Do they never desire to ask ‘how was your day’? Since the film ends the same way it begins, it loses steam after the fierce battle with the vampire army that precedes it. Where’s the cliffhanger to get everyone pumped for the next chapter?
“The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” is the most entertaining film in the series thus far. The die-hard fans will love it, but the casual moviegoers will have plenty of fun with it too. While this chapter makes a lot of improvements, the film still isn’t strong enough to be considered much more than a popcorn flick. This movie will earn plenty of dollars at the box office, but isn’t going to win any major awards. For people looking to spend some time at the cinema this summer, that’s a pretty good compromise.
“The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” is playing everywhere throughout McHenry County now.