New Movies -
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Old Movies -
Touki Bouki: The Journey of the Hyena
The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry
Recap: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 , 2005, 2006, 2007 , 2008 , 2009 , 2010 , 2011 , 2012
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (David Slade, 2010)
There is a marginal revenge plot in Eclipse that gives director David Slade something to cut away to throughout the extended reintroduction to the cast that takes up the first two-thirds of the film, but it’s true that the heart of the film lies with Bella’s decision. Unlike Catherine Hardwicke, who helped the audience to feel Bella’s sexual appetite by grounding her film’s action in the lush Washington state forests, though, Slade seems incapable of translating his romance into visual terms. The film falls flat as a result, turning Bella's pregnant indecision into interminable stasis.
Kristen Stewart, who has been the series' saving grace, is hamstrung by her material, unable to turn a padded-out non-conflict into anything more. One well-acted moment, in which Bella awkwardly reassures her father of her continued status as a virgin, reminds audiences both of Stewart’s usual charisma and its lack here. Eclipse is an unfortunate entry in a franchise that, while certainly flawed, had at least built some dramatic momentum over the course of its first two installments. Whether this will stand as the low-point in the series or an indication that the novels that these films are based upon never had anything worth saying remains to be seen.