Movie Review: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Movie Review: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

PG-13 for violence and action.
Genre: Drama, fantasy, horror, thriller
Running Time: 2 hours 4 minutes

As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger. In the midst of all the action, danger and violence, Bella also finds herself having to make a choice as she once again finds herself entangled in a love triangle.

Bella is forced to choose between her love for Edward
and her friendship with Jacob.

Her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampires and werewolves. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella has one more decision to make…

Life or death…But which is which?

When Will The Twilight Saga Finally Die?

About the only good thing about Eclipse is the fact that it marks the end of this Twilight Saga franchise. Over all, while I did not enjoy the first two movies in the series, this is by far the worst. The production is shaky and poorly done. It looks like the filmmakers decided to spend all their production money on the big fight scene between the vampires and the werewolves. As a result, with little dollars left over, the film is grainy with poor lighting. Then, making matters even worse, there are times when the filmmakers simply didn’t know how to move from one scene to another. Instead of smooth transitions, they simply fade to black! But, not only do they fade to black, they go to a black screen for a few seconds. Which of course seems like an eternity when it comes to movies.

Then, when you couple the bad production of the movie with the fact that Kristen Stewart can’t act, you end up with nothing more than 2 hours of torture by boredom.

Actually, not only does Stewart put in her usual bland stare at the camera performance, but even the performances of Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner seemed stilted and forced. (Also, someone should tell Taylor that simply showing off his chest does not mean he’s a good actor). Apparently all those involved in the acting roles for Eclipse simply tired of the series. Everyone seemed like they were simply coasting along on auto-pilot. There’s little passion and little good acting in this third installment of the Twilight series.

The story is somewhat hard to follow too. Unless you’ve been along for the ride since the beginning, you really do not know what’s going on. However, the sub-par plot line doesn’t end there. Not only will you be lost if you haven’t been following the series, but you will also get lost simply from the lack of cohesiveness in the Eclipse flick. It seems like the filmmakers tried to cram too much information into a two hour span.

A Fascination With Death & Hints Of Teenage Sex

Aside from the poor production and poor acting, there’s still the entire issue of the fascination with death the Twilight series puts forth for teenage girls. Bella, at the tender age of 18, feels she has nothing to live for if she can’t have her beloved Edward. As a result, the only relief in sight for her, actually, what she calls a graduation present, is death. In other words, she’s willing to trade in her soul and die, just so she can be with Edward. Yes, there are some half-hearted attempts of various characters trying to tell Bella that dying to become a vampire is not what it looks like.

But, in the end, she makes a deal to marry, so she can in turn die.

Now before people start saying I’m taking this too seriously, may I remind you that just a casual look over the news reveals this happens all too often in real life. At 18, young girls should never think they can’t go on living if they don’t have love. As a matter of fact, many teens have committed suicide and died because they did believe that was the only thing left to do. A sad, sad waste of life.

Then, on top of the fascination with death which is portrayed in Eclipse there’s a sub plot that just because Edward does not want to have sex with Bella, he’s old fashioned. As a matter of fact, at one point Bella implies that Edward is old fashioned and that it’s okay for them to have sex. After all, it’s a new generation where teenage sex is fine!

Again I ask you – especially if you have daughters…
Is this a message you want put out to your daughter?

You may wonder, if you’re still reading at this point, if I disliked The Twilight Saga: Eclipse so much, why did I give it half a Lloyd instead of the big old goose egg. The reason for my half Lloyd is a direct result of the special effects in the big fight scene. While the filmmakers blew their budget on the scene, the special effects are still pretty cool.

When it comes to rating, with a PG-13 rating
this movie is not family-friendly at all.

It puts forth the wrong message for young girls. I’m not a movie cop, but I will say this, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse really needs an M for Mature rating.

I know many will disagree with everything I’ve written here. But remember, the focus of our reviews always asks the question – “Is the movie family-friendly?” – With that in mind, Eclipse is not family-friendly. Yes, I’ll give you the fact that it is a love story. But don’t try to compare it to the classic Shakespeare love story of Romeo and Juliet. While it’s true the young lovers die in Shakespeare’s play, it has nothing to do with a girl fascinated with death because her so-called true love happens to be already dead.

Avoid the show!
Dr. Rus

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Dr. Rus has 30+ years experience in the field of communication. He takes this experience, and his passion to encourage others to positively effect their environment, when providing insight and movie reviews.