Well, for those of you who have watched the movie, I bet many of you may more or less agree with me. For those who have not watched it yet, and don’t intend to watch it, my advice is, don’t bother. It’s not worth 2 hours of your life, although the movie may help you see for yourself how long 2 hours feel like, and appreciate the flow of time much much more, which is good, as we are always told that every moment is precious and time is very precious. If you intend to watch it, well, you are welcome, but please do not hold your expectation too high (it should be set as high as that for New Moon, if not lower :P) or you will be really disappointed.
Eclipse continues the story about Bella, the girl who craves to become immortal, and Edward, the immortal who despises his nature. This one has more action than the second movie, and follows the book more closely, but it is also more cheesy and draggy it made me lose patient with every passing minute. There were a lot of kisses, vampire kiss, werewolf kiss, etc etc, but not enough actions. Worse still, the intensity of the doom situation the Cullens were placed into was missing in the movie. The actors moved so slowly and talked so slowly and showed so calm faces that I could hardly see the urgency and the danger lurking around them. It seems that the army of newborns was no big deal, just a small thing to attend to with ease.
The most frustrating thing about this movie is the cast’s acting skills. They seem to be struggling a lot just to show emotions on their faces. Jacob almost has no emotion at all, even in the moments of deepest pains of the one who discovered the bitter truth that he was the loser. Bella, as usual, showed very little on her face and her eyes, and had permanent issues with controlling her limb movements. Edward was a bit better, but like the previous 2 movies, he still had constant jaw pain that makes his jaw movements very unnatural especially whenever he speaks. The rest does not fare much better, but with less screen time, it’s easier to tolerate their performance 😐
Next in the frustration list is the special effects. Compared to New Moon, the improvement was that there was fewer slow motions, which I hated the most in the second movie. However, the fighting scenes were not much better, due to awful special effects that make those torn newborns look waxy and unreal. Hollywood can do better than that, as proven by other vampire movies, so I don’t know why this one resorts to that kind of crude props and effects. Budget issues, perhaps.
Alice Cullen was the rare bright spot in the second movie. This time, it is Jasper Hale. He has more screen time, and he looks really cool in this movie. His voice has charisma and his face shows the pride of the one who is in charge, and the utmost determination to make good of his responsibility, to do a good job and redeem himself for the mistakes he made. Moreover, he is much more handsome this time, with better makeup and less messy hairdo. Good job, Jasper. You are the hero here.
Such a charming smile
One can never get enough of her. Vampire or no vampire.
Even more freaky. This seems to be her look after the transformation.
My most favorite Twilight movie so far. Too bad they changed the cast for Victoria. I really prefer the previous girl though. She looks fiercer, more calculating and much more lethal.