TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE
By: John ’Doc’ Strange
Directed by: David Slade
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of action and violence, and some sensuality)
Selig Rating: Dollar Movie
Runtime: 124 Min.
In 2008, TWILIGHT brought you the characters, the story and the drama of girl finding out the young man she has fallen in love with is, in fact, a vampire. Bella Swann (Kristen Stewart) finds love with vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) after she moves to Forks, Alaska to live with her father, Police Chief Charlie Swan (Billy Burke).
In 2009, they came back with THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON, adding a new level of complexity as Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner), comes more into the mix and we have lots more beefcake for the girls and enough action to keep their dates happy.
Now, we have TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE, Bella Swann is in love with Edward Cullen and Jacob Black has to try and come to terms with that. Something is happening in Seattle. Someone is building an army of new vampires. And that someone is showing they have their eye on Bella and the Cullens.
This is a chick flick with lots of beefcake. The female leads are just strong enough to keep the males in the audience happy between action sequences. Don’t get me wrong, female lead and the other females in the cast are good actresses. But for the males in the audience I have to believe the action sequences with their amazing CGI wolves outweigh the drab, limited views of the actresses. It really is designed to work as a 3-D movie. I saw it in 2-D and it still worked though not with the awe-inspiring views I am sure were there in the other version.
I decided upon the Selig rating based on the feeling I had when the film was over. I had a distinct feeling of disappointment. It really went no where and seemed to only be a vehicle for beefcake and CGI action. The young girls are going to love it and everyone else will leave feeling like I did that nothing really happened.
Movie Site: http://www.eclipsethemovie.com/
The Selig Rating Scale:
FULL PRICE – Excellent movie, well worth the price
MATINEE – Good movie
DOLLAR – OK movie
CABLE – No need to rush. Save it for a rainy day.
FREEBIE – Good that I saw it on the big screen but wish I hadn't paid for it.
COMMERCIAL TV – Commercials and cutting to the allotted time will not hurt this one.
FORGET IT! – Bad. If you see this one, do yourself a favor and keep it to yourself.
GET YOUR TORCHES – BAD! – Burn the script, the writer, the director and maybe even the actors!