Eclipse is the third book of four in the Twilight Saga. It is the most recent film as well, coming out on June 30th. Lines formed up to two days before the midnight showing of the film in my town. Smart movie goers like myself waited until the second night to see it on the mega screen. Even then however, there were still lines. A third film usually doesn’t get this type of publicity or this response from the crowd. That fact says something important about the twilight films, they’re fabulous.
Comparison to the other two films
Each film seems to get better and better. Being a twi-hard fan I was personally dissatisfied by the first film, liked the second, and absolutely loved the third. There was romance in Eclipse but not nearly as awkward as the prior two films. The action was just as amazing. In one scene in Eclipse there is an intense battle, not a single audience member could tear their eyes away from the screen. This film, as well as the second, would have made for a great 3D film. The acting seems to get better for each film as well. Whether their skills are increasing, or it’s the new director for each film, the cast and crew are moving in the right direction. If the films continue to escalate in quality then we can expect great things from the next two installment films of the forth book, Breaking Dawn.
Introduction to new characters
There are many characters that have very few lines in the first two films. In the third they show just how valuable they are to the Cullen family. You hear the stories of how Jasper and Rosalie became vampires and how their lives began. These two stories help explain why Rosalie seems to hate Bella, and how Jasper helps the family survive. The back and forth romance between werewolf hunk Taylor Lautner and vampire man Robert Pattinson is at times hilarious or downright scary. The stories behind the werewolves at the cold ones are discussed in more detail by the tribal members of the Quileute tribe.
In Eclipse all of Bella’s worst nightmares will appear: Victoria, the Volturi, and the decision between her two very different loves. It seems almost impossible that so many of Bella’s fears be represented in a two hour film, but each has adequate detail and falls almost perfectly in sync with the novel. Victoria is not alone, the Volturi know Bella is still a mortal, and Bella ends up professing love to two different men! All of her pain is our pleasure in a way as we watch in awe the intricate plot twists.
You will laugh at Charlie and the quarrel between the two lovers, be afraid of the dangerous vampires, and fall in love with at least one of the main heartthrobs. The movie got over at 11:30pm and every twi-hard fan looked like they wouldn’t sleep for hours. They were too excited and wishing they could see the next film already. Breaking Dawn will have high expectations to live up to. This film is a must see and has something for everyone: love for the romantics, accuracy for those who compare it to the book, and action so we can all convince our significant others to accompany us.