Edward, Jacob or who really cares?

Jul 4 2010 - 8:02pm

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(Courtesy of Summit Entertainment) Taylor Lautner, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson star in "Eclipse."
(Courtesy of Summit Entertainment) Taylor Lautner, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson star in "Eclipse."

"Twilight" haters and lovers battle it out in this TX. piece, giving their opinions of the latest film "Eclipse."

Latest installment eclipses previous films

The "Twilight" movies are nothing if not polarizing. Everyone either desperately hates or fanatically loves them; fans lined up for hours outside of movie theaters on Tuesday night to be the first to see the newest installment, "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse."

I've been a fan of the "Twilight" books since a favorite aunt gave me the first one to read in junior high. Months of waiting brought the second book, "New Moon," and eventually, the movies. Going to the midnight premieres became a tradition in my family; my mom would drive my sisters and me to the movie theater or bookstore and wait with us through the wee hours until midnight.

Also a fan is Layton City's Teah Garner: "I love 'Twilight' because it is a good love story. I didn't get into 'Twilight' until after the second book had come out, but since then I have been to every midnight release!"

This new movie was no disappointment. In my opinion, "Eclipse" is the best movie so far in the series. All of the actors have improved their performances since the last movie: Taylor Lautner, who plays werewolf Jacob, developed a much clearer speaking voice, and didn't growl or mumble through his lines. Kristen Stewart, who plays Bella, gave up the annoying nervous habit of constantly playing with her hair, and stuttering through important scenes. If this improvement keeps up, the next two movies will be a force to reckon with!

On the subject of hair, the makeup department has developed Bella's look for this film. Her wardrobe has gone from distractingly drab-blah to more feminine and pretty in "Eclipse." And whoever's idea it was to lose Bella's terrible middle hair parting from the first two movies should get an Academy Award for that decision alone. I'll give them another movie to remind Taylor Lautner to shave off his baby-hair mustache before filming. As my sister said of this facial hair, "I hate it! It was all I could look at!"

My favorite parts of "Eclipse" were the flashback sequences that showed the backgrounds of Rosalie, Jasper and the Quiliete tribe werewolves. Each scene had perfect costumes and scenery that created the ideal mood and setup. I enjoyed learning more about the characters, and understanding the motives behind them.

This movie was filled with a lot of incredibly believable battle and action scenes. The CGI transition from the "human"-like, peaceful vampires into the fearsome, fighting vampires was clear and made the vampires really quite terrifying. The computer-generated wolves were so realistic that sometimes I honestly forgot they weren't actually there, fighting with the actors. The battle was so intense that I feared for each character -- even knowing the ending from reading the books.

Fellow fans at the Ogden Megaplex were delighted by a surprise visit from an actor in the movie -- Charlie Bewley, who plays Demetri, a member of the vampire law enforcement. Bewley told the moviegoers that he believed that this installment was the best of the three films. He thanked fans for coming and expressed hope that they would all enjoy the movie. Meeting an actor from "Eclipse" made the movie- going experience sweeter.

And enjoy I certainly did. I would praise "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" to every "Twilight" fan out there, and recommend it to even the most die-hard "Twilight" haters. Though definitely not a flick to see with the whole family, this is the perfect summer movie, filled with romance, action and an often shirtless Taylor Lautner.

Hillary Anne Christensen is a recent graduate of Layton High School. She loves sunflowers, cowboys, orange juice and playing her cello. E-mail her at cellos_in_saginaw@hotmail.com.

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Nonfans await series getting a stake in its heart

The best thing about the new "Eclipse" movie? It's the second-to-last one, and thus, the whole "Twilight" series is close to finally being over, which is something us non-"Twilight" fans have been waiting for for far too long.

Now, don't get me wrong. I don't hate "Twilight" ... nah, never mind, I do. Anyone who knows me can tell you I do. Nonetheless, I tried to go into "Eclipse" with an open mind, and was both pleasantly surprised by some parts of the movie and equally disturbed and disgusted by others.

For the latter, it all began in one of the first scenes, where Bella (Kristen Stewart) gets in her truck to go to Jacob's (Taylor Lautner) house, and finds the truck won't start. When she asks Edward (Robert Pattinson) if he did something to her car so it won't start, he replies somewhere along the lines of, "It's for your own good."

Now, I'm no expert, but I'm pretty sure that a guy disabling your car's ability to drive away from him as fast as you can is a prime sign of an abusive, controlling boyfriend, and if a guy EVER did something to my car, supposedly "for my own good," I'd get a restraining order.

But, you know, whatever. To each twidiot's own.

So, anyway ... plot. Bella's in love with Edward, and with Jacob, too, and apparently adores toying with both of them whilst an army of "newborn" vampires is being risen in nearby Seattle, all of whom are created with the intent of taking down the Cullens, and, namely, killing Bella.

I have no idea how Bella does it, but apparently she's a magnet for hotties (even though I wouldn't call Pattinson hot) and murderous fantasy creatures. I mean, she's really average, and doesn't even seem like a fun person: She talks in a monotone the whole movie, for heaven's sake! She's like one of those kids in your class that, when they're forced to do a report in front of people, they just stand there and drone on and on in this listless, boring tone until the teacher finally puts them out of their misery and tells them they can shut up and sit down.

I also had a serious problem with Bella stringing along two guys at once, even while hiding behind the whole "But I love both of you!" guise. I give her kudos for punching Jacob when he kissed her, but then making out with him after she gets engaged? Not cool. Not cool at all. If I was Edward, I would've kicked her cheating butt to the curb so fast.

Also, I REALLY like how the movie completely leaves out the ultimate creepy part of the "Eclipse" book -- the "imprinting" of one of the Shirtless Wolfmen Wonders upon a mere toddler. Insanely creepy, yet I half hoped it would be in the movie, almost as if hearing it out loud would snap some "Twilight" fans out of their vampire/werewolf-induced reverie and force them to realize how messed up this whole series truly is.

But I do have to give the movie some slack; as I'm a total sucker for fight scenes, the final battle between the newborns and the Cullens and werewolves was very nicely done. The choreography was intense, and the werewolves seemed to miraculously improve, graphically (their entire design until that point -- anatomy, fur, general movement -- was completely off, and honestly, how hard can it be to graphicize an oversize version of a real animal? Honestly, graphics people of "Eclipse," I'm so disappointed); The vampires crackling and shattering into glass-like shards when killed was a surprisingly original improvement as well.

There was also that one point where Jacob looks Edward in the eye and says, "Face it, I'm hotter than you." Contextually, it was well-placed and witty, and I couldn't help but laugh.

Still, though. I'm just waiting for the day the last movie comes out, so I can happy-dance about the final end of the series. I am so over vampires and werewolves.

Charlie Anderson will be a senior at Christian Heritage High School who enjoys the rain, funny movies and the French language. E-mail her at charliesaurus@gmail.com.

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