THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE (2010)
– 4 and a half out of 5 stars
I caught The Twilight Saga: Eclipse on its opening day yesterday – 1 July 2010!
I think it’s much nicer than The Twilight Saga: New Moon! Considering that I’m no longer that Twi-crazy as I was when Twilight first came out two years ago and I was busy devouring the books back then, I think I’m making a rather rational opinion here.
In Eclipse, missing people and mysterious killings hit Seattle while Victoria is still in her quest for revenge. Bella is in danger but this time, she has the protection of the Cullens and the Wolf Pack. She also makes an important decision regarding her mortality and has to choose between her love for Edward and friendship for Jacob.
Jacob Black: Let’s face it, I’m hotter than you.
It was pretty obvious I was sitting in a cinema full of Team Jacobs cos when Jacob appeared (with his shirt on), there were cat calls and wolf calls from behind. Whereas for Edward, there was just giggling. Even Bella doesn’t giggle. There was rousing support for the dialogue between Edward and Bella since people who have read Eclipse would know that one of the most highly anticipated scenes occurred in the tent before the fight began. Almost everyone laughed when Jacob said to Edward in his face, “I’M HOTTER THAN YOU.” Likewise, the laughters were there when Edward grunted “Doesn’t he have a shirt?” when shirtless Jacob comes onscreen. One of the funniest part has to come from Bella when she tries to punch Jacob in the face when he tried to kiss her, I guess Team Switzerland didn’t suck as much before, seeing she couldn’t cause any physical hurt to both guys.
Jacob Black: I kissed Bella, and she broke her hand punching my face.
And I don’t think I have ever supported Team Jacob as much as I was watching Eclipse. It all started in New Moon but I was wondering why Jacob didn’t fight for his chance to be with Bella once Edward was back. In Eclipse, you can see him really putting much effort to stop Bella from becoming a vampire and to let her see there she has a choice – keep her heart beating and be with him. But for the record, I’m Team Edward. Like what Jacob says, Bella can love both Edward and Jacob, just like you can be Team Edward and Team Jacob at the same time.
Edward Cullen: Bella, would you please stop trying to take your clothes off?
The opening sequence is enough to draw you in on the vampire army of newborns, but I guess it got waylaid by the requisite meadow scene Edward and Bella shares. Each time Riley or other newborns come onscreen, the tension is there and the fight at the end was definitely action-packed. Lots of decapitation – that’s how you ‘kill’ a vampire – before burning them. Don’t tell me you don’t remember how Alice came from the back and ripped James’ head out of his socket back in Twilight. This time, it will be much more obvious cos they come with visual and sound effects.
Eclipse also sees the introduction of Leah and Seth Clearwater into the Wolf Pack. Both will have much more significant roles in Breaking Dawn but it was nice to see Leah because she’s the only female in the Wolf Pack. There is also the back story on Rosalie and Jasper so that should be interesting. Though it was sped up and you couldn’t enjoy how Jasper felt when he finally met Alice at the bar. The scene between Bella and Charlie is so funny, just like how any birds and the bees talk would end up. Charlie’s reaction to Bella’s exclamation is priceless! Oh, and look out for the scene when Edward proposes – there was applause in the audience!
EW.com – ‘Eclipse’ audience reaction: Team Jacob seems to have gained momentum