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Published On: Tue, Jun 29th, 2010

Mrs. Gencarelli praises ‘The Twilight Saga: Eclipse’ which will make fans happy

Now I want to warn you, I am not a ‘MovieMike’ but I am the wife of a ‘MovieMike’. I was lucky enough to see “Eclipse” and am so excited to get to write a review about it! My husband, Mike G. brought me to an early screening of the film and we felt that for this film it might be good to have a female perspective.

“Eclipse”, the third installment of “The Twilight Saga” film series, was my favorite. There I said it. But for someone who read all four books in 2 weeks, I knew that I was going to be pretty fond of this film. The film had the most action of the three, the most romance and the most scenes with Taylor Lautner’s abs; which will really make ‘Team Jacob’ fans out there very very happy.

But let’s be honest, no matter what I write here, fans of the series will be going to see “Eclipse” this week. Significant others of fans of the series will be going to see “Eclipse” at some point this summer. And those people who don’t care if ‘KStew’ and ‘RPattz’ are dating or if Bella winds up with Edward or Jacob, they will not be going to see it.

The film follows right where “New Moon” left off. Bella and Edward are very much together. Jacob is not speaking to Bella. And Charlie is still not fond of Edward or the seriousness of Bella and Edward’s relationship. Charlie, played by Billy Burke, steals many scenes in this film. His relationship with his daughter is very similar to many dads of teenage girls. They don’t want to bring certain issues up, but they still wind up bringing them up and it’s always going to end up being awkward and a bit funny.

 

The film goes into much further detail of the goings-on in Seattle then in the novel. An army of newborn vampires is being built and there is a slew of missing people reports and deaths in its wake. Both the Cullens and the werewolves are aware of some of what’s going on, but no one is ready to act until they find out more details. There’s a possibility of a Volturri-created army, Victoria coming to avenge her lovers death, or an unknown evil. The quick cuts to some of the newborns being created and the back story that introduces us to Riley, played by Xavier Samuel, make for some very cool shots and some Gotham-esque scenery.

In “Eclipse”, we finally get to see more of the Cullen family. We get to take a closer look at where both Rosalie (played by Nikki Reed) and Jasper (played by Jackson Rathbone) have come from. The Cullens are also brought into an uneasy alliance with the werewolves and the audience gets to watch as the two clans come together and prepare for battle. I personally loved seeing all of the Cullens standing together and having a much larger role in this film.

“Eclipse” actually felt like the juggernaut that “The Twilight Saga” has become. This film has some amazingly beautiful photography. The actors, especially Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner, continue to bring Stephenie Meyer’s characters to life and have genuinely brought more to their roles in this film. I have a feeling this film is going to do very well and may be one that I may need to go see again this summer!

MOVIE MIKES SCORE: 3 out of 4 stars

Directed by: David Slade
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Bryce Dallas Howard, Billy Burke, Xavier Samuel, Dakota Fanning
Distributed by: Summit Entertainment

By: Patty Gencarelli

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