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July 30, 2010

Girl interrupted

Filed under: Their Films — Rajeev @ 11:39 pm

July 30, 2010

Cast: Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner

Director: David Slade

The good news is that The Twilight Saga: Eclipse is a considerably less frustrating film than New Moon. The bad news is that we’ve reached the third film in the series, and the leads still haven’t learnt how to act.

Nothing much has changed since we last saw them on screen. Eternally conflicted Bella Swan (played by Kristen Stewart) must choose between her pasty-faced vampire boyfriend Edward Cullen (played by Robert Pattinson), and her muscled best friend and werewolf-boy Jacob Black (played by Taylor Lautner). Bella sighs and moans and whines her way again through this film, even as Edward and Jacob finally find something to agree on. Sworn enemies they may be, but the boys decide they will join forces to protect Bella from the army of newborn vampires that is being trained to kill her.

Unlike the previous films, Eclipse maintains a sturdier, faster pace; and yet there is much of the series’ signature sappy romance intended squarely to seduce its loyal teenage fan-base.

Picking up from the earlier films, Bella’s still practically begging Edward to take her virginity, but Edward knows that having sex with her means he’ll have to “change” her. Bella is happy to turn into a vampire to be with him, but Edward insists she marry him before they get under the sheets. The couple ponders over their situation for what seems like ages, mumbling and whispering through the entire first act of this film.

A little later, the perennially shirtless Jacob taunts Edward that he’s better suited to be Bella’s lover, and delivers the film’s most unintentionally comical line when he gets under a blanket to share some of his body heat with a freezing Bella, while her cold-blooded vampire boyfriend looks on helplessly.

If you’re not a fan of the series, it’s probably hard to disregard the inherent silliness of the plot of these movies, and it’s equally hard to understand what all the fuss is about. There are prettier girls in that town than Bella, she can’t seem to stop moping for even a minute, and she’s probably not worth putting your own life and the lives of your family at riskā€¦

So if those are the kind of thoughts your head is filled with while watching this film, you’re clearly not their target audience. You’ll probably enjoy the action scenes in which vampires leap and glide across the forest chasing after an enemy, or in which a pack of CGI werewolves take down a group of young, fit, newborn vampires. But there’s little else that’s likely to interest you here.

I’m going with two out of five for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. The dreary tone sucks the life out of you. And wait, they’re still going to make two more films!

(This review first aired on CNN-IBN)

1 Comment »

  1. dude you are too old for this movie!

    Comment by anisha — September 25, 2010 @ 2:00 am

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