By Jennice Fuentes
Can we all get along??? Really, must there always be this conflict between the Volturi and other less connected vampires, the pack of wolves and the Cullens, the Newborns and the older folks, Edward and Victoria, Jacob and Edward,…really, can we all settle our anger and frustrations and shake hands and sing kumbaya at a great mountainside campsite?
And clearly the answer is no, not until the story is over…and some things must still happen before we call get to hold hands and dance around a bonfire…so for the time being this story must continue moving forward and in the direction that is all too well known to the very loyal readers of Stephenie Meyer’s best seller series.
The Twilight Series: Eclipse, the third and almost last installment of the uber popular Meyer Twilight Series, is the most engaging and lighthearted of the bunch. From the get go, the script is full of grammatical bonbons that at the very least, will make you crack up. And I bet you never stopped to think that the vampire divorce rate is lower than the human divorce rate…
The Twilight Series: Eclipse starts where the last one left off: Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), the soigne vampire who is in love with the lovely Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), very much wants to make Bella his wife and Bella very much wants to join the vampire ranks…and consummate his love for Edward…who isn’t having any of that until they get married because he is an old school kind of guy. I guess when you are hundred of years old, habits are hard to die…even if you are undead.
And this is just what’s going on in their hearts…don’t forget you also have what’s going on in the rest of the West coast… Bad things are happening in Seattle where messy crimes have convinced the Cullens that Victoria is busy organizing an army of Newborns – newly minted vampires – to get back at Edward for turning her true love into ash. These newborns are so new to the blood sucking business that they are practically like baby sharks and just as uncontrollable. So the entire idea seems like an oxymoron: an army of undisciplined out-of-control newborn vampires? This does not make me feel even a little safer than two sentences ago… So, this young army is coming to Forks to get Bella, which forces vampire Edward and werewolf Jacob (Taylor Lautner) to enter into a truce and work together to face the enemy and protect the women they both love.
Under the wise and able hands of director David Slade (Hard Candy), this story keeps moving forward at a pace that is sure to satisfy and which reminded me how little fun we had under New Moon. All three leads acquit themselves quite honorably: Pattinson is still a dream boat, Stewart has become a beauty who I can see two hunks killing for and Lautner, well, he has no fear for he is the hottest new hunk this side of the Atlantic…by many nautical miles…and expect the rest of the Cullen family to still look like they stepped out of the J. Crew Catalog. And speaking of clothes, will be ever see Bella with anything other than a flannel shirt??? I guess it makes sense…that Jacob only owns capri pants, Bella only owns a few sad looking flannel shirts but Edward owns a full closet…since he has lived the longest… But really, it’s a bit sad to see a beauty like Bella always so poorly dressed… and as much as I love to know that Jacob does not own any shirts, I can’t wait to see Bella wear real clothes…
Now, the real struggle and fun war to watch is the one taking place in Bella’s heart and what most people would immediately recognize as adolescence: who am I, who do I love, am I ready to marry, am I ready to live with the consequences of my choices? These are questions as old as the Cullen clan, if not older…and on top of that there is the happy problem of being loved by two hotties (ok one hottie is ice cold but you know what I mean) and maybe not being sure of which one to be with…and believe me, given that choice I wouldn’t want to be in her shoes either…
Written by: Melissa Rosenberg; Directed by: David Slade
Running Time: 124 minutes, Color PG-13