You knew it was coming. Don’t pretend like you haven’t been secretly anticipating it. Yes, that’s right kids, it’s my review of Eclipse. Even without having seen it, I knew it was going to be the best of the series so far. The book was by far my favorite. yes, it trumped Breaking Dawn for me, but only by a little bit. My assumption was confirmed about a million times from hearing reviews from my friends. And while I did not get myself involved with the pandamonium that was the midnight premiere, I was more patient than I thought and was able to outlast the hype for a few days. Nonetheless, I was the farthest thing from disappointed. If you haven’t read the book or seen the movie and want to, stop reading now so it isn’t spoiled for you. Breaking Dawn was spoiled for me unforunately and I will never forgive the person who ruined it.
First things first, it followed the book very well, which I commend the producers for. The previous two also did a good job of that. While not every single detail can be included without making it an all day venture, these movies do a great job of leaving out the most miniscule details only, so the only people who really notice it are those, like me, who have read the books more than once and very closely. The flashbacks to how Rosalie and Jasper became vampires were dead on (forgive the pun) and were filmed excellently. Alice was not as major a character in this one as she has been in the past but I’m glad that the Cullen family as a whole got their chance to shine. Both of Bella’s parents also had a much larger role in this one and it was great to see her mom’s character back again for an entire scene in the movie. The addition of Xavier Samuel to the cast was a nice one. Although this will be his only film in the series, I loved the way he portrayed the character of Riley Biers. He was a perfect fit for that persona. And he ain’t too bad lookin either.I was not, however, a huge fan of Bryce Dallas Howard as Victoria. While I think she is gorgeous and the daughter of a cinematic genius, she did not fit the part very well. Victoria is meant to have a more intimidating demeanor and a much harsher voice. Howard was just way too sweet for the part. (SPOLIER ALERT) But she didn’t last very long in the movie anyways.
The music was also ten times better in this one. Not just the score, but the choices for the soundtrack as well. The music fit the tone of the movie to a T and was well transitioned throughout the scenes. A lot of the music added to the intensity of a lot of the scenes which made it all the more exciting. Artists like Muse, The Bravery, Sia, Cee-Lo Green, and Metric grace the soundtrack and help to set the tone. Howard Shore conducted the entire score for the movie and may I say sir, you are a musical god. I have never downloaded the score for a movie before until this one. Howard Shore needs a high five. And a beer.
While I am not Team Jacob, Taylor Lautner did have a more serious part in this one and I commend his character and his acting skills. As much as I hate to admit this, there was one scene where I actually thought he was decently deserving of Bella’s love. I have already seen it twice, once with my sister and another time with a guy friend of mine. I dragged my guy friend out there in desperation of wanting to see it and bless him. I knew it wasn’t his favorite thing but at the end, he said he actually enjoyed it. Going into it, he was worried about all the brooding and the emo “Oh I’m going to kill myself if you don’t love me” feel to the movie. He had good things to say about Edward’s character in this movie and said he felt that Edward had a much more mature approach to the love triangle than Jacob did. We both agreed that Bella’s character was quite whore-ish with her “I love Jacob, but I love Edward more” attitude. That may be the one aspect of the series that I dislike the most. I mean you can’t have your cake and eat it too Miss Swan. You can’t just go and kiss someone else while you’re engaged to your “reason for existing.” I’m just sayin.
All in all, this movie gets 5 out of 5 stars from me. The tone of the movie is just right, it’s not as broody and suicidal, the music is amazing, the characters have matured as has their talent, and the intensity was finally fit for a much more mature audience. Even if you aren’t a fan of Twilight, I think you should see this movie. You will walk away with a different perspective of the series other than just a teeny-bopper fantasy and you may even become a member of Team Jacob or Team Edward. But for your sake, it should be the latter.