Published on July 12th, 2010 | by Paul Hickey5
Eclipse: A Review
Released: Out Now
As a fan of most things ‘Twilight’, I have been extremely looking forward to ‘Eclipse’. For months I have been actively seeking news on the production and all the while getting more excited about it. I have read the whole series and enjoyed its two film adaptations so far. Eclipse looks set to be the best movie so far, sporting a visually engaging director, a now more mature cast and what I expect would be great production values. Having seen the final product, is this the ‘Eclipse’ that fans were hoping for??
‘Eclipse’ once again follows Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), a teenage resident of the small town of Forks. Over the course of her time in Forks, Bella has fallen in love with a vampire and found herself immersed in the supernatural underworld feud between vampires and werewolves.
This movie finds Bella struggling to come to terms with her decision to become a vampire and the effects it will have on her friendship with werewolf Jacob. When a string of brutal murders in nearby Seattle point towards some heavy vampire activity, the vampires and werewolves of Forks are forced to work together to face a common enemy. In the midst of this Chaos lies Victoria, the vengeful mate of a vampire who was killed by the Cullen coven in the first movie, who is all the while looking to kill Bella as retribution for her loss.
‘Eclipse’ is most certainly the darkest of the Twilight film entries so far. Director David Slade opens with a visceral and tense sequence that gives a pretty good idea of what to expect from the action. We are slowly guided through Bella’s turmoil in trying to find the right balance in her life and the movie does a good job of conveying the emotional weight involved in the love triangle of Bella, Jacob and Edward.
The plot moves at a fairly decent pace but can occasionally dwell on certain scenes and plot elements for too long. The movie stays mostly true to the book but has taken a few liberties to make for a tighter cinematic experience. There are a lot of action scenes to break up the drama and the climatic battle of the movie is even better than I would have anticipated.
Performances range from mediocre to solid. Stewart, Pattinson and Lautner provide the same performances we have come to expect and the Cullen and Wolf Pack add some much needed diversity to the roles.
Fans of the previous installments in the series will no doubt be familiar with the dramatic shift in visual style of the movies. The original was awash with VERY pale skin tones and an almost greenish hue to the environment while ‘New Moon’ gave a somewhat grainy and warm colour palette to the movie. ‘Eclipse’ lies somewhere in the middle; the trademark beautiful paleness is present and the makers have managed to retain some of the warm qualities of ‘New Moon’, a visual delight.
I was so excited going into this movie. I loved ‘Eclipse’ as a novel and really felt that David Slade could bring an excellent element of darkness to the picture. As a movie, all the pieces are there; a solid plot, good performances and wonderful production qualities but coming out of the movie I found it difficult to recall any real standout moments. It felt uneventful, despite the fact that so much had just happened. As I mentioned previously, I love this series and can definitely appreciate the merits to this movie but after watching the final product I can’t help but feel regret and wonder as to what it could have been. The pieces are there for a beautiful picture, it’s just disappointing they did not come together like they should have.
6.0 / 10 Good but not what it could have been