Eclipse Really is the Best of the Twilight Franchise to Date

But it wasn’t really that hard considering the budgets have increased with each successive movie.

Better wigs, better make-up, better special effects….

Okay, two out of three isn’t bad.

I read online the movie was a tad on the long side so I went in scared. (Those of you with tiny bladders will empathize.) I was coming from wings and beverages at Duff’s and the Tuesday night deal of popcorn and soda pop also threatened. I could have declined the theatre snacks but I find “free” very hard to resist.

With disbelief heavily suspended, I went in with as open a mind as I could muster. One of my friends takes this franchise very seriously (Team Edward all the way) and requested that no snide remarks be directed her way. Thankfully, my other friend was totally up for giggling at the cheese.

And there was a lot of cheese. It was surprisingly funny- and we weren’t the only ones who thought so. I just can’t tell if that was the intention or a happy accident. I went in expecting overwrought teenage supernatural melodrama (and we got a lot of that) but it was also hysterical.

I don’t want to ruin it for anyone who hasn’t already seen it 10 times (and counting) so stop now before the spoilers smack you in the face.

The first time shirtless Jacob picked up Bella and carried her off into the woods to see if her scent would be masked by were-boy’s…I almost chocked on my popcorn. They are about the same height so it was incredibly awkward. I may have snickered each time Jacob picked Bella up but I don’t remember.

Edward’s comment about Jacob not owning any shirts- FUNNY. Team Jacob didn’t seem to mind the half nakedness at all.

When J, E and B are in the tent high up in the mountains and Jacob tells Edward he is hotter? So cheesy but pee your pants funny.

I love Bella’s dad- they gave him a some good one-liners.

Edward gave a lot of broody angst-face but there were a few moments when he eased up a bit and you could see how gorgeous RPattz really is.

After such a long build-up, was it just me or did the action sequence underwhelm?

While on the subject of being underwhelmed, considering the whole brouhaha over replacing Rachelle Lefevre with Bryce Dallas Howard in the role of Victoria, Victoria doesn’t really feature that prominently and gets killed off. Okay, that stink was really worth it (sarcasm)- unless it was a calculated ploy for marketing purposes.

I actually lost track of time when the movie took a turn back to a dreamy romantic sequence in field of flowers and then the lights in the theatre went on. Wha??? That has never happened to me before. Sure the credits started to roll about 15 seconds later but it was jarring. Usually the lights take forever to come on so you are praying you don’t trip and fall over discarded bags of popcorn. Wow, that was not a very subtle hint to get our butts out of the theatre.

The feeling overall?  Eclipse was the best of the three Twilight movies so far. People who read the books found it jarring since certain scenes were shown out of sequence and used out of context but that is part and parcel of the kind of thing that happens in the translation of a tome to a two-hour movie. I can’t speak to that since I have not read the books but I am sure I will get an earful when I attend Polaris 24 (formerly known as Toronto Trek) this weekend.

I seem to run into a lot of writers who hate on the Twilight series (a wee bit of jealousy perhaps) but I’ll keep my eyes and ears open for all the Twi-hards and the gush- because I know they’re out there.

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~ by angryegg on July 16, 2010.

2 Responses to “Eclipse Really is the Best of the Twilight Franchise to Date”

  1. As a self-proclaimed Twi-Hard and the Team Edward-ite that you speak of in your post I totally agree best Twilight movie yet…I even agree with giggle-worthy parts. 🙂

  2. Haha! That’s awesome! I’m just glad you didn’t put a pillow over our heads during the funny bits.

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