Every time a Twilight movie comes out, I have to go see it. ¬†My wife is a HUGE fan. ¬†So much so that she dragged me to see Eclipse while we were on our honeymoon...even after she already saw it. ¬†I'm not a fan. ¬†The first film came out and I thought it was such a poorly made pile of crap that I couldn't stand to watch it. ¬†However, just like with this third installment of the series, I had to see the second one too. ¬†The second, New Moon, was better and you could tell they were starting to right the wrongs they made with the first one. ¬†If Eclipse is an indication of how things are evolving in the series, then the last film should be great. ¬†The Twilight Saga is getting increasingly better. ¬†That's not because of the story, although that is strengthening as well; it's because the studio is finally putting some money, time and talent into it. ¬†It's apparent to me that the mistakes that were made when the first film was are being corrected, such as casting and who they choose to helm the project. ¬†Last time they added Grade A quality performers in the form of Dakota Fanning (War of the Worlds, The Runaways) and Michael Sheen (Frost/Nixon, 30 Rock). ¬†This time they replaced a nobody performer named Rachelle Lefevre, who played the villainous Victoria, with a much more recognizable and talented Bryce Dallas Howard (Spiderman 3, Lady in the Water). ¬†They also seem to be getting better and better directors. ¬†This time around they went with David Slade. ¬†Now Twilight is far from horror, but by bringing in a rising star of the genre, it gives the project some much needed fangs. ¬†Slade directed the gruesome vampire film 30 Days of Night, which wasn't a very good story but was directed very well. ¬†But what really blew my skirt up was Slade's film Hard Candy. ¬†It starred Ellen Page as a would-be victim of a pedophile who gets her revenge. ¬†I consider it one of the scariest horror films I've ever seen and it was all due to his manipulation of the actors and the look of the film. ¬†Did he bring that same talent to Eclipse? ¬†Well, not all of it but he did bring some. ¬†Eclipse does have a darker look and better acting though. ¬†That's a relief since it contains three fairly untalented actors. ¬†Taylor Lautner and Robert Pattinson aren't terrible, but they both could be much better. ¬†Kristen Stewart is one of the worst working actresses in Hollywood though. ¬†I have no idea why she is the "IT" girl right now, but thanks to David Slade...she's at least watchable. ¬†She used to have a stuttering way to her technique that was as irritating as a fork scraped across a plate to me. ¬†But in Eclipse, she didn't do it...not even once! ¬†Thank you David Slade! ¬†There are some things I didn't like. ¬†The movie builds toward what appears to be an epic battle scene that falls flat in its action. ¬†But scenes are in it that successfully and finally pull me into the melodrama of the love triangle that Bella is in. ¬†I find myself choosing a side and wanting her to pick it. ¬†That's what the point of the series is. ¬†Will she be with Edward or Jacob? ¬†Who knows, but it's getting more exciting and intense as it goes on. ¬†Let's just hope the improvements being made are going to continue that way. ¬†If they do, we're well on our way to a great finish.
Twilight Saga: Eclipse (Rated PG-13)
Gavin Grade: B