Eclipse is the third installment of the Twilight Saga films which are based on the novels written by Stephenie Meyer. This film is directed by David Slade and stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner, who play the roles of Bella Swan, Edward Cullen, and Jacob Black.
Eclipse begins swiftly by introducing the audience to the birth of newborn vampire, Riley Biers, who helps lead the vicious rampage of murder in rainy Seattle, Washington. While the citizens of Seattle start to disappear out of thin air, the dynamic duo, Bella Swan and Edward Cullen share words of love and marriage in the beautiful meadow in Forks, Washington. In the meantime, Charlie Swan, Bella’s father, is investigating the disappearance of Riley, while Alice Cullen receives visions depicting the formation of the newborn army.
Bella Swan is still insistent on being turned into a vampire and Edward continues to propose to Bella numerous times. Charlie Swan is still not over the trauma of Bella’s disappearance in New Moon and he doesn’t fully trust Edward. Regardless of how Charlie feels, Bella makes it clear that Edward will be in her life.
I immediately noticed a difference in quite a few of the regular Twilight Saga characters, such as Bella Swan, Jasper Hale and Alice Cullen. In the past movies of the Twilight Saga, Bella and Jasper’s facial expressions were repeatedly contorted into a tense and stern look. In this movie, they are more relaxed and likeable. It was hard to take Alice Cullen seriously in the past, well as serious as you can take a teenage vampire, because of the exaggerated way she danced mid-air while attempting to walk. In Eclipse, Alice is definitely more grounded, in more ways than the obvious. Edward Cullen continues to flash a pained look every now and again, but not too much where it aches to watch him like before. In all, the characters have shown much improvement. It’s very possible that the actors and actresses are more comfortable with each other and with their characters.
I appreciated the nice balance of witty moments, romantic interludes and tense confrontations. I was also thoroughly impressed with the amount of information from the book that is included in the movie. Not only do we get a clear picture of the current plot of the saga, but we are also gifted with historical scenes of Jasper and Rosalie’s vampire transformation. These scenes allow the audience to grow closer to both of the characters.
I felt the love triangle between Bella, Edward and Jacob continued to keep my interest. Kristen Stewart was able to convey her feelings for both Jacob and Edward, which elongated the struggle they can’t seem to escape from. At moments it is difficult to watch Jacob’s desperation as Bella continues to hold onto him, even though she is verbally adamant that she loves Edward the most.
The werewolves of La Push stand in alliance with The Cullens when the newborn army arrive in Forks. The battle scene was not quite as intense as I felt it could have been. We were emotionally built up to await the arrival of the newborn army and then instantaneously the battle is completed. Afterwards, The Cullens are greeted by a few of the Volturi vampires, led by Jane (Dakota Fanning) who is as cold as usual.
Overall, my opinion is that the movie was a great success. The story followed extremely close to the book which makes the readers happy and the characters have obviously grown since the Twilight and New Moon films.