Wednesday, June 30, 2010

And What Did I Think?

Eclipse.

First let me say that I think it is a testament to Chris Weitz that this movie didn't blow my socks off as much as I thought it would. Not that I didn't think it was fantastic, I did. I just recall how totally joyous I was that New Moon was SO much better than Twilight. I have since forgiven Catherine Hardwicke because I think she was really up against it making Twilight and did the best (almost) that she could with what she had to work with. It was partly thanks to her that Chris had so much to work with making New Moon.

Eclipse was, as I expected, more dark and creepy. I expected this of David Slade. I think the change of director was the part that didn't sit comfortably for me at first. This movie was like switching gears from the last one. Not better or worse, different. It took me a while to settle in, if you know what I mean.

One thing I noticed is that the actors all seemed very "at home" in their roles. More than ever before I thought. I guess that's normal being that this was the third time around. Or perhaps it was because they filmed this one right after NM so they were at home in the characters.

As a parent I appreciated the attention to detail they paid to Bella's realization and depth of emotion about how much she was going to miss her own parents.

I knew the scary/creepy factor would be there but I wasn't sure if he could nail the romance and capture the feelings you had (for Edward) (ha!) when reading the books. He did. He REALLY did. In several glorious parts I felt myself swooning as I did when I read it. It was... wonderful.

Stand outs for me were -

Jasper. He was finally able to display his stellar acting ability and seeing more of him made the viewer feel at ease about why exactly Alice loves him so much.

The training and fighting scenes. They could have looked stupid and fake but they actually looked pretty awesome.

The tension was believable between Jacob and Edward. The tent scene was pretty fantastic.

My Favorite:

When Bella tries to seduce Edward (this scene was PERFECTION! I do not exaggerate.)

5 comments:

morganobrienart said...

My wife and I are hopefully watching it this weekend, shes a huge twilight fan!

Jenn said...

I agree with everything you've said. I thought it very well done. I agree all the actors were very comfortable and so believable in their roles. I also really liked the action scenes I thought they were really well done. I was also glad alot of the same emotion the book made me feel the movie made me feel too.

Oh and I love the tent scene.

Jenn

SuZ said...

I get to see this movie next weekend... and I can. not. wait!

Diana - Teacher Mom said...

I agree with you on all of your favourite scenes. I sooo love Edward in this movie. But I wasn't such a huge fan of New Moon so I was pleasantly surprised. I liked this one better, almost as much as the first if not the same. The newborn vampire though was a little over the top in terms of his acting.

SweetPepperRose said...

I really enjoyed the third installment, Eclipse, as I was not such a fan of New Moon, so I was a bit hesitant to pay movie ticket prices to see it (and wait for it on Netflix), but so glad I did! I, too, was pleasantly surprised at the quality of acting and "wolf" scenes. I was very impressed at how they conveyed Edward's love and gentle patience at Bella's "request."