The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010) DVD / Blu-ray

By: Hawk Ripjaw (A Toast) –
How many beers do you recommend for this movie?
1 Beer! A Toast! Great Movie!2 Beers! Good Movie!3 Beers! Okay Movie!4 Beers! Mediocre Movie!5 Beers! Awful Movie!6-Pack! Bad movie! Do not be Sober!

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You all know the story: a human girl falls in love with a vampire guy. It is a forbidden love, but as we know, the most alluring things are the ones we should not have. Still, Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) fought through the prejudices of others and the indignation of the evil vampire order, the Volturi, and remain in a happy, sex-free relationship.

In this third installment, Bella still wants to get some hot, nasty vampire sex with Edward, and to get turned into a vampire so they can frolic in the forest for all eternity. However, she does express hesitation in getting married to Edward, because she’s a liberal bitch. Kidding, I’m kidding.  Throughout most of the series, you could practically hear my eyes rolling at the absurdity.

However, when watching this third installment, something just clicked with me. I realized that my dislike for the series had nothing to do with a lack of quality in the films themselves, but a lack of quality in my own heart. My bitterness at never finding love and being racist towards vampires finally imploded, and I found myself at a loss for words, lips trembling at the raw love on display in this film.

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A Toast

The dialogue of Eclipse really manages to drive home the emotions of the teenage characters, and there were times where I felt like Bella, Edward, and Jacob felt like extensions of my own repressed hormones.

The part where Edward and Jacob were about to start arguing, and Bella called herself Switzerland, was genius. Comparing a contested old plot of land to this timeless love story was a perfect way to portray the constant conflict over the love of this young woman. It also illustrated the power of each of the characters by comparing their supernatural abilities with the military power of entire countries. Finally, it foreshadowed the eventual peace between the characters with a real-world parallel between the countries. I realize now that not everyone needs to act on an Oscar-worthy level. Like the books, it’s all about acting so that fans can put their own personalities onto the characters. I’m Team Jacob.

I really enjoyed the action in Eclipse. Two minutes was all I needed to be completely satisfied, and the slow motion was not cheesy at all—it actually made everyone more badass. The fact that the vampires crack apart like porcelain was really clever. It really sold the theme that even for immortal vampires, life can be fragile, and definitely raised the stakes of the fight.

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Some people might find it excessive that Jacob doesn’t have his shirt in most of his scenes. Not this guy. Not only did it allow the world to witness the raw manliness that is Taylor Lautner, it also totally exemplified his masculinity as a werewolf. The duality of man and beast is really exemplified in these scenes.

I was overcome by a tidal wave of emotion by the end of Eclipse. There’s such a richness to the way the narrative finishes, with every arc so satisfyingly closed and a really epic cliffhanger for the next film. It’s amazing how all of the emotions and plotlines come together at the end of the film, and it’s really hard to tell that it wasn’t someone like Alfonso Cuaron directing it. It’s just that good.

Verdict

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ALL WORK AND NO PLAY MAKES CHRIS A DULL BOY
ALL WORK AND NO PLAY MAKES CHRIS A DULL BOY
ALL WORK AND NO PLAY MAKES CHRIS A DULL BOY
ALL WORK AND NO PLAY MAKES CHRIS A DULL BOY
ALL WORK AND NO PLAY MAK

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Drinking Game

Take a Drink: for every scene in which Jacob confesses his love for Bella.

Take a Drink: for each scene in which a character does not have a shirt.

Take a Drink: every time Bella looks down.

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