The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

The third installement in the Twilight Saga, a series of mysterious killings and disappearances in Seattle catches the attention of the Cullen family; suspicious of the activity, the coven deduces a sinister plot by Victoria (Bryce Dallas Howard) to kill Bella (Kristen Stewart). Meanwhile, a love triangle of Bella, Edward (Robert Pattinson) and Jacob (Taylor Lautner) continues to cause much angst and friction for all involved. Yet as Victoria closes in to make her move, who ultimately who will save Bella and who will win her heart? Now, at the risk of sounding emasculated let me say I was pleasantly surprised with this latest edition of the Twilight series. Sure, there are plenty of gratuitous muscle bound hot shots of Taylor Lautner and his pals, on a few instances the dialogue felt wooden, and the overall film could have been pared down by about 20 minutes. That aside, the drive and workings of this film versus the previous two Twilight flicks are vastly different, and for the better. For the first time Stewart and Pattinson seem to be developing some actual chemistry on screen together. The action sequences hit the mark, in fact, I’ll be so bold as to say we could have had even more. And, several back stories also work nicely to add depth to a number of the characters. If the rest of the series can continue on this trajectory, there may actually be reason to admit you’re a fan, even if you’re not a 12 year old girl– we’ll see. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse is rated PG-13.