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Movie Review: Twilight Eclipse

written by Lee Clifford

Okay, let’s cut to the chase: Twilight has been the bane of the existence of just about every male over the age of 10 for the last two years. The story is convoluted and shallow, the characters are pretentious and boring, and the overall feel of the previous two films left a hollow feeling where there should have been a sense of entertainment.

All that established, how did the new installment, Twilight Eclipse, stand up to the others?

Surprisingly, not that bad.

To clear the air right away: this movie still wasn’t good, but it’s a definite step in the right direction.

So, what didn’t I like about this movie? The jokes about Twilight have been done to death; yes the vampires are prissy douches, the glittering in the sunlight is just as stupid as ever, and the screaming girls in the audience still make you want to open fire, but these are jokes that have been made a million times over, so I’m going to try and avoid them.

First thing I didn’t like about this film was character consistency. One of the glaring elements that made the first two movies so bad was the complete lack of character development in a large majority of the cast; in Eclipse, there is clearly an attempt to backtrack and start making the characters interesting, which I thoroughly applaud, but it’s too much at once of this sudden rush of “Look! Our characters are interesting! Really they are!” and it feels forced and is obviously an attempt to backtrack in the story telling.

Bella. Sweet Jesus I hate this character. Anyone who read my review of Twilight New Moon no doubt knows my disdain for this horrendous character. She is still as pretentious and self-centered as ever and still has a personality that’s on par with a golf bal. She still attempts to be manipulative to the supporting cast, and sadly in many cases still succeeds, in order to meet her own selfish wants to the brink of borderline sociopathic. What set me off the most about her character in this movie is that now so many of the supporting cast have this “oh Bella, you need to stop always putting others first and start thinking about you for a change”. It’s a blatant slap in the face to the audience’s intelligence as anyone with the mental capacity of a toaster can see that’s a very weak last-ditch effort of the writer to try and make Bella a character to sympathize.

Twilight is renowned now by it’s complete lack of character development, and where they did try to solve that problem in this run, they forgot a rather key element: the villains. The villains in this movie are an “army’ of newly turned vampires who serve another antagonist. Their goal is to kill the Cullens… and then later it’s changed to kill Bella… k so problem number one is inconsistency with the villains. Secondly, other than a very weak romance hook in the story, the audience is given no real motivation as to why these vampires want to take out the Cullens; we’re given a watered down argument for maybe kinda sorta why the head villain wanted to take them out as it’s revealed who he’s linked to, but again it’s very convoluted and weak.

And once again the acting was just awful in so many cases. From some characters having changing accents from scene to scene, and very poor emoting other than brooding, most of the screen time was filled with forced acting that came off as silly and contrived.

Okay, what were some good things…

The CGI in this movie was quite well done. A lot of critics really slam on CGI, dismissing it before they even take it in and appreciate the art of it; too often they just wave it off and say “oh it looks so fake”, probably because it is fake! Regardless, the CGI, specifically on the wolves, was very well done (having attempted that stuff myself I can attest that fur/hair is NOT easy)

Though I complained about character development not used entirely properly, it was there, and that is a huge improvement. The character of Edward actually had some clever lines and emoted more than just an uncomfortable stare. The character that really benefited from this new development is Jasper. His character does a complete 180 in this film and goes from the goofy, awkward borderline comic relief “new guy” to a very charming and charismatic character, and for a few scenes actually steals the show and could have kept it if the remainder of the screen time didn’t go back to solely the three main characters. It was a little hard to swallow this complete character change in Jasper from what we had before, but they’re trying to add depth to what was before an otherwise bland character whose usefulness could be questioned.

The action sequences also got a bump up as far as presentation went. The first two movies’ “fight scenes” were essentially Edward and another vampire holding each other’s arms as they zipped around in Matrix bullet-speed. The bullet speed has been all but removed and has been substituted with legitimate action and stunt work; the big, built-up battle was rather anticlimactic however as this “army” of villains that got pumped up all movie wound up being a pitiful showing from a little more than half a dozen individuals.

The character of Jacob also received some good treatment in this film, but also suffered some. Jacob still has more depth than most of the other characters, and has become less of Bella’s yesman and has developed a bit of a mouth on him; this clearly is an attempt to make him more of a bad guy and make his popularity decrease, but personally I think it made him even more likeable as now he’s not only the character with the most depth, but he has been wronged and is hurting as a result of it, making him a character the viewer can sympathize while still enjoying the wit of his snarky remarks. A downside is his character now continuously goes on to Bella about how they should be together, and how she loves him but just doesn’t know it yet; no one talks like this. We’ve all had people we’ve cared for so much that it even hurts a little, but we bring it up once or twice, if at all, and if it fails then we drop it. No one continues over and over with these overtures to the point that the only interaction you have with the other person becomes these whine sessions. It damaged how believable a character Jacob is, but he still came out pretty cool with his new snarky attitude.

The soundtrack to this movie was great; sadly these great songs were all placed at the worst possible times in the movie, but the soundtrack is still great.

The highschool dramady aspect of the film gets cut way back compared to the other two films; the school friends and their empty filler sections are almost non-existent in most of the film and it’s a welcome change.

Other stuff about this movie: the situations are really silly, cheesie, and over the top in many instances; it does lead to some good and funny dialogue (a scene in a tent was an attempt at a real Oscar-type moment). The movie just seems self-aware, it’s like it knows people are watching, so it tries to make everything bigger and as over the top as possible.

Some of the jokes are actually funny, not a lot, but some of them!

The most thorough strength of this movie was that it actually focused on telling a story. There were still more branching distractions than necessary, and those hurt the momentum of the film, but compared to the past films, the movie did a pretty good job of keeping the main story flowing.

Is this movie good? No

But compared to the previous two films, this is a huge step in the right direction as far as story-telling and character development go; who knows, maybe by the fourth or fifth film they may actually be good!

I’m out

written by Lee Clifford

Okay, let’s cut to the chase: Twilight has been the bane of the existence of just about every male over the age of 10 for the last two years. The story is convoluted and shallow, the characters are pretentious and boring, and the overall feel of the previous two films left a hollow feeling where there should have been a sense of entertainment.

All that established, how did the new installment, Twilight Eclipse, stand up to the others?

Surprisingly, not that bad.

To clear the air right away: this movie still wasn’t good, but it’s a definite step in the right direction.

So, what didn’t I like about this movie? The jokes about Twilight have been done to death; yes the vampires are prissy douches, the glittering in the sunlight is just as stupid as ever, and the screaming girls in the audience still make you want to open fire, but these are jokes that have been made a million times over, so I’m going to try and avoid them.

First thing I didn’t like about this film was character consistency. One of the glaring elements that made the first two movies so bad was the complete lack of character development in a large majority of the cast; in Eclipse, there is clearly an attempt to backtrack and start making the characters interesting, which I thoroughly applaud, but it’s too much at once of this sudden rush of “Look! Our characters are interesting! Really they are!” and it feels forced and is obviously an attempt to backtrack in the story telling.

Bella. Sweet Jesus I hate this character. Anyone who read my review of Twilight New Moon no doubt knows my disdain for this horrendous character. She is still as pretentious and self-centered as ever and still has a personality that’s on par with a golf bal. She still attempts to be manipulative to the supporting cast, and sadly in many cases still succeeds, in order to meet her own selfish wants to the brink of borderline sociopathic. What set me off the most about her character in this movie is that now so many of the supporting cast have this “oh Bella, you need to stop always putting others first and start thinking about you for a change”. It’s a blatant slap in the face to the audience’s intelligence as anyone with the mental capacity of a toaster can see that’s a very weak last-ditch effort of the writer to try and make Bella a character to sympathize.

Twilight is renowned now by it’s complete lack of character development, and where they did try to solve that problem in this run, they forgot a rather key element: the villains. The villains in this movie are an “army’ of newly turned vampires who serve another antagonist. Their goal is to kill the Cullens… and then later it’s changed to kill Bella… k so problem number one is inconsistency with the villains. Secondly, other than a very weak romance hook in the story, the audience is given no real motivation as to why these vampires want to take out the Cullens; we’re given a watered down argument for maybe kinda sorta why the head villain wanted to take them out as it’s revealed who he’s linked to, but again it’s very convoluted and weak.

And once again the acting was just awful in so many cases. From some characters having changing accents from scene to scene, and very poor emoting other than brooding, most of the screen time was filled with forced acting that came off as silly and contrived.

Okay, what were some good things…

The CGI in this movie was quite well done. A lot of critics really slam on CGI, dismissing it before they even take it in and appreciate the art of it; too often they just wave it off and say “oh it looks so fake”, probably because it is fake! Regardless, the CGI, specifically on the wolves, was very well done (having attempted that stuff myself I can attest that fur/hair is NOT easy)

Though I complained about character development not used entirely properly, it was there, and that is a huge improvement. The character of Edward actually had some clever lines and emoted more than just an uncomfortable stare. The character that really benefited from this new development is Jasper. His character does a complete 180 in this film and goes from the goofy, awkward borderline comic relief “new guy” to a very charming and charismatic character, and for a few scenes actually steals the show and could have kept it if the remainder of the screen time didn’t go back to solely the three main characters. It was a little hard to swallow this complete character change in Jasper from what we had before, but they’re trying to add depth to what was before an otherwise bland character whose usefulness could be questioned.

The action sequences also got a bump up as far as presentation went. The first two movies’ “fight scenes” were essentially Edward and another vampire holding each other’s arms as they zipped around in Matrix bullet-speed. The bullet speed has been all but removed and has been substituted with legitimate action and stunt work; the big, built-up battle was rather anticlimactic however as this “army” of villains that got pumped up all movie wound up being a pitiful showing from a little more than half a dozen individuals.

The character of Jacob also received some good treatment in this film, but also suffered some. Jacob still has more depth than most of the other characters, and has become less of Bella’s yesman and has developed a bit of a mouth on him; this clearly is an attempt to make him more of a bad guy and make his popularity decrease, but personally I think it made him even more likeable as now he’s not only the character with the most depth, but he has been wronged and is hurting as a result of it, making him a character the viewer can sympathize while still enjoying the wit of his snarky remarks. A downside is his character now continuously goes on to Bella about how they should be together, and how she loves him but just doesn’t know it yet; no one talks like this. We’ve all had people we’ve cared for so much that it even hurts a little, but we bring it up once or twice, if at all, and if it fails then we drop it. No one continues over and over with these overtures to the point that the only interaction you have with the other person becomes these whine sessions. It damaged how believable a character Jacob is, but he still came out pretty cool with his new snarky attitude.

The soundtrack to this movie was great; sadly these great songs were all placed at the worst possible times in the movie, but the soundtrack is still great.

The highschool dramady aspect of the film gets cut way back compared to the other two films; the school friends and their empty filler sections are almost non-existent in most of the film and it’s a welcome change.

Other stuff about this movie: the situations are really silly, cheesie, and over the top in many instances; it does lead to some good and funny dialogue (a scene in a tent was an attempt at a real Oscar-type moment). The movie just seems self-aware, it’s like it knows people are watching, so it tries to make everything bigger and as over the top as possible.

Some of the jokes are actually funny, not a lot, but some of them!

The most thorough strength of this movie was that it actually focused on telling a story. There were still more branching distractions than necessary, and those hurt the momentum of the film, but compared to the past films, the movie did a pretty good job of keeping the main story flowing.

Is this movie good? No

But compared to the previous two films, this is a huge step in the right direction as far as story-telling and character development go; who knows, maybe by the fourth or fifth film they may actually be good!

I’m out

written by Lee Clifford

Okay, let’s cut to the chase: Twilight has been the bane of the existence of just about every male over the age of 10 for the last two years. The story is convoluted and shallow, the characters are pretentious and boring, and the overall feel of the previous two films left a hollow feeling where there should have been a sense of entertainment.

All that established, how did the new installment, Twilight Eclipse, stand up to the others?

Surprisingly, not that bad.

To clear the air right away: this movie still wasn’t good, but it’s a definite step in the right direction.

So, what didn’t I like about this movie? The jokes about Twilight have been done to death; yes the vampires are prissy douches, the glittering in the sunlight is just as stupid as ever, and the screaming girls in the audience still make you want to open fire, but these are jokes that have been made a million times over, so I’m going to try and avoid them.

First thing I didn’t like about this film was character consistency. One of the glaring elements that made the first two movies so bad was the complete lack of character development in a large majority of the cast; in Eclipse, there is clearly an attempt to backtrack and start making the characters interesting, which I thoroughly applaud, but it’s too much at once of this sudden rush of “Look! Our characters are interesting! Really they are!” and it feels forced and is obviously an attempt to backtrack in the story telling.

Bella. Sweet Jesus I hate this character. Anyone who read my review of Twilight New Moon no doubt knows my disdain for this horrendous character. She is still as pretentious and self-centered as ever and still has a personality that’s on par with a golf bal. She still attempts to be manipulative to the supporting cast, and sadly in many cases still succeeds, in order to meet her own selfish wants to the brink of borderline sociopathic. What set me off the most about her character in this movie is that now so many of the supporting cast have this “oh Bella, you need to stop always putting others first and start thinking about you for a change”. It’s a blatant slap in the face to the audience’s intelligence as anyone with the mental capacity of a toaster can see that’s a very weak last-ditch effort of the writer to try and make Bella a character to sympathize.

Twilight is renowned now by it’s complete lack of character development, and where they did try to solve that problem in this run, they forgot a rather key element: the villains. The villains in this movie are an “army’ of newly turned vampires who serve another antagonist. Their goal is to kill the Cullens… and then later it’s changed to kill Bella… k so problem number one is inconsistency with the villains. Secondly, other than a very weak romance hook in the story, the audience is given no real motivation as to why these vampires want to take out the Cullens; we’re given a watered down argument for maybe kinda sorta why the head villain wanted to take them out as it’s revealed who he’s linked to, but again it’s very convoluted and weak.

And once again the acting was just awful in so many cases. From some characters having changing accents from scene to scene, and very poor emoting other than brooding, most of the screen time was filled with forced acting that came off as silly and contrived.

Okay, what were some good things…

The CGI in this movie was quite well done. A lot of critics really slam on CGI, dismissing it before they even take it in and appreciate the art of it; too often they just wave it off and say “oh it looks so fake”, probably because it is fake! Regardless, the CGI, specifically on the wolves, was very well done (having attempted that stuff myself I can attest that fur/hair is NOT easy)

Though I complained about character development not used entirely properly, it was there, and that is a huge improvement. The character of Edward actually had some clever lines and emoted more than just an uncomfortable stare. The character that really benefited from this new development is Jasper. His character does a complete 180 in this film and goes from the goofy, awkward borderline comic relief “new guy” to a very charming and charismatic character, and for a few scenes actually steals the show and could have kept it if the remainder of the screen time didn’t go back to solely the three main characters. It was a little hard to swallow this complete character change in Jasper from what we had before, but they’re trying to add depth to what was before an otherwise bland character whose usefulness could be questioned.

The action sequences also got a bump up as far as presentation went. The first two movies’ “fight scenes” were essentially Edward and another vampire holding each other’s arms as they zipped around in Matrix bullet-speed. The bullet speed has been all but removed and has been substituted with legitimate action and stunt work; the big, built-up battle was rather anticlimactic however as this “army” of villains that got pumped up all movie wound up being a pitiful showing from a little more than half a dozen individuals.

The character of Jacob also received some good treatment in this film, but also suffered some. Jacob still has more depth than most of the other characters, and has become less of Bella’s yesman and has developed a bit of a mouth on him; this clearly is an attempt to make him more of a bad guy and make his popularity decrease, but personally I think it made him even more likeable as now he’s not only the character with the most depth, but he has been wronged and is hurting as a result of it, making him a character the viewer can sympathize while still enjoying the wit of his snarky remarks. A downside is his character now continuously goes on to Bella about how they should be together, and how she loves him but just doesn’t know it yet; no one talks like this. We’ve all had people we’ve cared for so much that it even hurts a little, but we bring it up once or twice, if at all, and if it fails then we drop it. No one continues over and over with these overtures to the point that the only interaction you have with the other person becomes these whine sessions. It damaged how believable a character Jacob is, but he still came out pretty cool with his new snarky attitude.

The soundtrack to this movie was great; sadly these great songs were all placed at the worst possible times in the movie, but the soundtrack is still great.

The highschool dramady aspect of the film gets cut way back compared to the other two films; the school friends and their empty filler sections are almost non-existent in most of the film and it’s a welcome change.

Other stuff about this movie: the situations are really silly, cheesie, and over the top in many instances; it does lead to some good and funny dialogue (a scene in a tent was an attempt at a real Oscar-type moment). The movie just seems self-aware, it’s like it knows people are watching, so it tries to make everything bigger and as over the top as possible.

Some of the jokes are actually funny, not a lot, but some of them!

The most thorough strength of this movie was that it actually focused on telling a story. There were still more branching distractions than necessary, and those hurt the momentum of the film, but compared to the past films, the movie did a pretty good job of keeping the main story flowing.

Is this movie good? No

But compared to the previous two films, this is a huge step in the right direction as far as story-telling and character development go; who knows, maybe by the fourth or fifth film they may actually be good!

I’m out

written by Lee Clifford

Okay, let’s cut to the chase: Twilight has been the bane of the existence of just about every male over the age of 10 for the last two years. The story is convoluted and shallow, the characters are pretentious and boring, and the overall feel of the previous two films left a hollow feeling where there should have been a sense of entertainment.

All that established, how did the new installment, Twilight Eclipse, stand up to the others?

Surprisingly, not that bad.

To clear the air right away: this movie still wasn’t good, but it’s a definite step in the right direction.

So, what didn’t I like about this movie? The jokes about Twilight have been done to death; yes the vampires are prissy douches, the glittering in the sunlight is just as stupid as ever, and the screaming girls in the audience still make you want to open fire, but these are jokes that have been made a million times over, so I’m going to try and avoid them.

First thing I didn’t like about this film was character consistency. One of the glaring elements that made the first two movies so bad was the complete lack of character development in a large majority of the cast; in Eclipse, there is clearly an attempt to backtrack and start making the characters interesting, which I thoroughly applaud, but it’s too much at once of this sudden rush of “Look! Our characters are interesting! Really they are!” and it feels forced and is obviously an attempt to backtrack in the story telling.

Bella. Sweet Jesus I hate this character. Anyone who read my review of Twilight New Moon no doubt knows my disdain for this horrendous character. She is still as pretentious and self-centered as ever and still has a personality that’s on par with a golf bal. She still attempts to be manipulative to the supporting cast, and sadly in many cases still succeeds, in order to meet her own selfish wants to the brink of borderline sociopathic. What set me off the most about her character in this movie is that now so many of the supporting cast have this “oh Bella, you need to stop always putting others first and start thinking about you for a change”. It’s a blatant slap in the face to the audience’s intelligence as anyone with the mental capacity of a toaster can see that’s a very weak last-ditch effort of the writer to try and make Bella a character to sympathize.

Twilight is renowned now by it’s complete lack of character development, and where they did try to solve that problem in this run, they forgot a rather key element: the villains. The villains in this movie are an “army’ of newly turned vampires who serve another antagonist. Their goal is to kill the Cullens… and then later it’s changed to kill Bella… k so problem number one is inconsistency with the villains. Secondly, other than a very weak romance hook in the story, the audience is given no real motivation as to why these vampires want to take out the Cullens; we’re given a watered down argument for maybe kinda sorta why the head villain wanted to take them out as it’s revealed who he’s linked to, but again it’s very convoluted and weak.

And once again the acting was just awful in so many cases. From some characters having changing accents from scene to scene, and very poor emoting other than brooding, most of the screen time was filled with forced acting that came off as silly and contrived.

Okay, what were some good things…

The CGI in this movie was quite well done. A lot of critics really slam on CGI, dismissing it before they even take it in and appreciate the art of it; too often they just wave it off and say “oh it looks so fake”, probably because it is fake! Regardless, the CGI, specifically on the wolves, was very well done (having attempted that stuff myself I can attest that fur/hair is NOT easy)

Though I complained about character development not used entirely properly, it was there, and that is a huge improvement. The character of Edward actually had some clever lines and emoted more than just an uncomfortable stare. The character that really benefited from this new development is Jasper. His character does a complete 180 in this film and goes from the goofy, awkward borderline comic relief “new guy” to a very charming and charismatic character, and for a few scenes actually steals the show and could have kept it if the remainder of the screen time didn’t go back to solely the three main characters. It was a little hard to swallow this complete character change in Jasper from what we had before, but they’re trying to add depth to what was before an otherwise bland character whose usefulness could be questioned.

The action sequences also got a bump up as far as presentation went. The first two movies’ “fight scenes” were essentially Edward and another vampire holding each other’s arms as they zipped around in Matrix bullet-speed. The bullet speed has been all but removed and has been substituted with legitimate action and stunt work; the big, built-up battle was rather anticlimactic however as this “army” of villains that got pumped up all movie wound up being a pitiful showing from a little more than half a dozen individuals.

The character of Jacob also received some good treatment in this film, but also suffered some. Jacob still has more depth than most of the other characters, and has become less of Bella’s yesman and has developed a bit of a mouth on him; this clearly is an attempt to make him more of a bad guy and make his popularity decrease, but personally I think it made him even more likeable as now he’s not only the character with the most depth, but he has been wronged and is hurting as a result of it, making him a character the viewer can sympathize while still enjoying the wit of his snarky remarks. A downside is his character now continuously goes on to Bella about how they should be together, and how she loves him but just doesn’t know it yet; no one talks like this. We’ve all had people we’ve cared for so much that it even hurts a little, but we bring it up once or twice, if at all, and if it fails then we drop it. No one continues over and over with these overtures to the point that the only interaction you have with the other person becomes these whine sessions. It damaged how believable a character Jacob is, but he still came out pretty cool with his new snarky attitude.

The soundtrack to this movie was great; sadly these great songs were all placed at the worst possible times in the movie, but the soundtrack is still great.

The highschool dramady aspect of the film gets cut way back compared to the other two films; the school friends and their empty filler sections are almost non-existent in most of the film and it’s a welcome change.

Other stuff about this movie: the situations are really silly, cheesie, and over the top in many instances; it does lead to some good and funny dialogue (a scene in a tent was an attempt at a real Oscar-type moment). The movie just seems self-aware, it’s like it knows people are watching, so it tries to make everything bigger and as over the top as possible.

Some of the jokes are actually funny, not a lot, but some of them!

The most thorough strength of this movie was that it actually focused on telling a story. There were still more branching distractions than necessary, and those hurt the momentum of the film, but compared to the past films, the movie did a pretty good job of keeping the main story flowing.

Is this movie good? No

But compared to the previous two films, this is a huge step in the right direction as far as story-telling and character development go; who knows, maybe by the fourth or fifth film they may actually be good!

I’m out