I'm not a huge fan of the "Twilight" movies, I don't necessary hate them but having never read the books I haven't connected with them as many seem to have. Having said that I found "Twilight" not as bad as I expected and "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" whilst full of posturing pretty much on par with the first movie. I wish I could say that same for the third movie "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" because this is one seriously cheesy movie with it's over romanticized styling.
When "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" started or at least for the first hour I struggled to get into it, it almost felt that it had been made for those who already knew the story rather than for those who hadn't read the books. As such this first hour whilst continuing to establish Bella's want for Edward to take her in many ways establishes a killer in Seattle who for some reason is also after Bella. Well eventually it all makes sense as the explanation is eventually spoon-fed to us but it feels messy and as I said made for those who know the story.
This first half basically builds up to Victoria and her right hand vampire Riley leading an army of newborns to try and kill the Cullen's so that Victoria can get Bella in payback for what Edward did. Because of this an uneasy pact is reached between Edward and Jacob as well as their familiar to work together to protect Bella which causes Bella conflict because of her feelings for both Edward and Jacob.
The thing is that "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" is not complicated Victoria after Bella and Bella romantically conflicted between Edward and Jacob and that is it, oh that and Edward still trying to persuade Bella not to become one of them. But for some reason it is made to appear more complicated and in doing so dragging out the movie to 124 minutes which if you cut out much nonsense and going around in circles it would have been a much better length.
But do you know what, that is not the real problem with "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse", nope the real problem is that for some reason this episode has been over romanticized. Maybe that was how it was in the book but what gets delivered on screen with Bella in various intimate moments against beautiful backgrounds are all cringe worthy. At times the look of it makes it look like a 70s chocolate box advert and it becomes seriously tacky with one long kiss after another and none of them having any passion.
And that is not the only thing which is over done because when it comes to the action it is also over stylized and to be honest surprisingly violent. Yet because every moment of action feels over choreographed and stylized it borders on the cheesy.
What this all boils down to is that "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" is not good, simple as that. I am sure there are those who adore the whole romantic vampire series which love it but to me it is over long, over stylized and over romanticized which makes it all very cheesy.
Tags: Vampire Movies