The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Directed by: David Slade
Written by: Melissa Rosenberg (screenplay) Stephen Meyer (novel)
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner
The third installment is finally here. Not like the wait was long from lasts November’s New Moon, but non-Twihards are anxious for this franchise to get wrapped up so we don’t have to hear about it from the news, tabloids, and endless marketing campaigns by the studios who are doing a great job on cranking out these half rate movies while the blood is fresh in the franchise. A summer release will be interesting for Summit, to see whether it can pick up movie goers, or if fans will abandon it with so many other better options out there.
Despite the eager fans the franchise has, the franchise shows up with a little less enthusiasm. The trailer looks much of the same old Twilight we’ve already seen in the first two films. People fight over Bella. Bella has to pick a man. Men go around tearing each other up over a bony pale virgin Arizona. Not much else happens. Ever.
This trailer is a good indicator that the franchise is running low on life. If Twilight’s success didn’t already peak with New Moon, it is sure to peak with Eclipse. Unless Eclipse surprises and shows some real plot and movie magic, negative reviews, other options and a deadbeat story will wear out the Twilight franchise before the next moon.
Highs: For once in the series, action and and a true battle of good versus evil seems to be taking place. The special effects, including the wolves appear to be much better this time around.
Lows: Just about everything else. There seems to be enough plot for about 20 minutes of movie. The idea of vamps and wolves teaming up to fight off the bad vamps is a little laughable, since they seem to only separate themselves because of Bella, who I’m sorry but isn’t good enough looking or seductive enough in quality for a man to want to die for. The dialogue is getting worse, almost to where its making James Cameron sound like Shakespeare, no thanks to the acting by a snoozer of a cast. The acting looks bad, real, real bad.
Trailer Grade: D
Expected Box Office: $90 million OW / $320 million Total