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Twilight Saga Movie Guide

Day 55: 'Twilight: Eclipse'

By: cwalton on June 30, 2010 at 11:07PM Comments (59)

Taylor Lautner, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson in 'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse'

10 Things I Learned at the Midnight Opening Show of Eclipse:

1 - Girls think Jacob is hot. Duh. (Edward shows up first, but the first abnormal decibels at my screening were for Jacob's smoldering - or was that pouty? - intro. scene in the parking lot.)

2 - Girls would rather date Edward. And marry him. (Jacob and Bella's kiss? The real one in the snow? No discernible reaction. The Edward proposal? Audible sighs, and at least 4.7 rounds of applause.)

3 - Dudes don't go with dudes to Eclipse at midnight on opening night. Or at any other time. Every dude in attendance (the 5 of them including me) was with a girl or a pack of girls. Or could claim it was for work.

4 - Dudes give other dudes (and other girls) the "O.K., you got me" look, right after they get the "Really? You're at Eclipse?" look.

5 - Eclipse is the best in The Twilight Saga movie series so far. It has more action, the actors have a better handle on their roles, and every CGI wolf is better rendered than those fake-looking beasties in New Moon.

6 - "Best" when describing the quality of a Twilight Saga movie is a relative term. This is not Toy Story 3. But it does top High School Musical 3.

7 - If you wait to buy tickets until opening day, you will be stuck in the second row. But if it's a theater with reserved seating, at least you know you're stuck in the second row, and can show up ten minutes beforehand, and avoid the screaming in the lobby.

8 - Anybody notice how the universes of Twilight and "True Blood" (the adults version of a vampire saga on HBO) keep expanding? More side characters, backstories, backstabbing and bloodsucking politics? In the case of Eclipse, that's a good thing. There's only so much mooning between Edward and Bella - "no, I love you more!" - a fully evolved human being can be expected to handle.

9 - Since I mentioned "True Blood," I will also now put in a shameless plug for the show and my pal Ryan Kwanten, who's thoroughly amazing on it as the dimwitted Jason Stackhouse. Did I mention "True Blood"? It's great. Buy HBO.

10 - It's 3:04am in the morning, June 30th. In conclusion, I've learned that the midnight opening show of Eclipse was also awesome because it is responsible for me posting the earliest update ever to the 100 days blog. That means I will now go to bed before midnight tonight. After I go to bed right now.

Ok, one last thing. If you do love The Twilight Saga, then there's nothing you won't love in this latest installment. I was serious when I said it's the best in the series to this point. It's darker, it has more action, and less cheese (although there's still plenty of cheese). Plus, it co-stars a guy named BooBoo. I'm not sure why that's prudent. But the fact that someone in this world is actually named BooBoo has to be mentioned. Alright. Good night.

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  • Jul 15th 2010 2:18PM

    TeamMyEdwardCullen  said...

    I've seen Eclipse 3 times including the midnight showing. The theatre I was in didn't have any issues with screaming fans. Perhaps that is because we were there for Twi, NM and then Eclipse (mostly non-teen audience) ?? We did have some ooohs and aaahhhs but nothing that disturbed movie enjoyment. I loved Eclipse. I feel they made a couple of errors (Jasper did not graduate with Bella, Edward and Alice for example) and Edward is made to look a little week (Carlise could not have surprised Edward for example and I did not like Victoria and Riley getting the best of Edward for even a moment) but overall the movie was wonderful! The movie's will never capture everything from the books. Take them as they are and enjoy them anyway.

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  • Aug 20th 2010 7:41PM

    tmEdwardalltheway2-11  said...

    Why would Jasper graduate with them if he's supposed to be a year "older"?Are you sure you read the books?

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  • Sep 24th 2010 3:07PM

    twilightharrypluver  said...

    wasnt he the last cullen to graduate anyway, aside from alice? you sure you read the books?

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  • Sep 26th 2010 8:05AM

    tmEdwardalltheway2-11  said...

    no! why bother if it's too confusing...

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  • Sep 27th 2010 3:19PM

    twilightharrypluver  said...

    but reading them will help you answer your question.

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  • Jul 12th 2010 8:24AM

    aprilsunshine  said...

    LOVED ECLIPSE!!!!!!!!!!Especially the book but this was the best movie so far I was actually dissappointed where bella punched Jacob for kissing her I wish they had done that seen right and when alice kidnapped B ella for the weekend but even without all that it was still AWESOME loved it!!! I dont think they even looked at the books for the first two!

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  • Jul 11th 2010 1:09AM

     said...

    It was the first Twilight movie that I can say I loved. All of the important scenes were accounted for and it followed the book beat-for-beat. Some side characters got short shrift, but book-to-movie adaptations require that. I also went to the midnight showing (solo), but was lucky enough to be in one of the smaller theaters with older women and more mature teens so I didn't have to deal with all the ear-splitting screaming nonsense. I was actually most impressed with the little details that Slade got straight from the books, like the individual character coloration for the wolves (I could tell which were which without seeing them in human form), and the sounds of the newborns being ripped apart sounding like shearing metal... Very cool...

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  • Jul 10th 2010 2:01PM

    lola199801  said...

    okayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy..... For all you haters... why the hell would you read this freaking blog at least the eclipse part if you were just going to say stupid negative stuff about it. If you dont like the movie.. dont read or watch anything about it! Leave the actors, fans, books, and movies alone!

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  • Jul 23rd 2010 6:00AM

    lovestalentmoviefan  said...

    I feel you! I think it is because the so-called 'haters' are really closet fans!!!! Just not secure enough to admit it! Would you put so much time viewing and reading about something you really didn't like at all?????

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  • Jul 9th 2010 11:10AM

    FForce5  said...

    A dame good movie!

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  • Jul 8th 2010 6:10AM

    lovestalentmoviefan  said...

    Yes...this is the best one. I love that they are maturing as a franchise,not just relying on built in fan base. The actors are enveloping their characters more.Pattinson,especially,is displaying the maturity and wisdom of someone Edward's 'age'. Nikki Reed is the perfect Rosalie,and I am so glad they put her back story in. She is going to shine in Breaking with her proprietariness over Bella and Renesmee!

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  • Jul 5th 2010 8:37AM

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    no matter what i have read here from all different ages and genders. I loved Eclipse i thought David Slade Nailed it! I have seen it three times as of date! I went tot he midnight show and won bellas bracelet and i then too my hubby to see it in Imax. He walked out saying it was great and started asking questions for breaking dawn! I took my kids yesterday and they still havent stopped talking about it! Every book to movie has its issues but if all you are going to do is complain and ruin everyone elses happy high please keep it to yourself.

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  • Jul 4th 2010 6:25PM

    lovesickpuppy131  said...

    honestly i hate everything twilight. i promised my friend nicole that i would see all of the twilight movies with her on the opening day and we saw this movie and i loved it. it was amazing. after i read the books and thought that they were crap but that the stroy line was good so i was intrigued about the movies. this is by far the best movie i have seen all year, closely folloed by alice in wonderland.

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  • Jul 4th 2010 5:36PM

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    I believe the movie was rushed and the triangle did not show its depth. It was a good movie, but as always the movie is a dissapointment compaired to the books. Worth watching though.

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  • Jul 3rd 2010 8:34PM

    Movie_SmartAss  said...

    Ryan is a hottie. I would love to have Nelsan (who plays Lafayette) as my brother or best friend! What about the other vampire show, "The Vampire Diaries"? I wonder if anyone will make "Vampire Academy" a TV Show or movie series...??

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  • Jul 2nd 2010 6:20PM

    smdriggers  said...

    I agree that Eclipse is the best one yet! GO EDWARD!!! I LOVED the fact that there was a bit of comedy in it!!! My friends and I were cracking up!! I can't wait for the DVD!!! I am very anxious for Breaking Dawn!! I'll probably go crazy waiting....but I know it will be worth it!! I love the books!! So much more detail...but then again, there always is in the books!

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  • Jul 2nd 2010 5:15PM

    Amador Deb  said...

    I saw all 3 opening night and loved Eclipse. Of course I love all the Twilight movies. The acting just gets better each time. I am female and middle aged and totally enjoyed all the screaming girls in the theater. It made it quite comical indeed. Just a great movie and can't wait for Breaking Dawn in November of 2011. I guess 2 movies will be for the finale? I also read all the books and loved more detail. We all know movies cannot possibly have every detail in them. All in all a good job on Ecipse!

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  • Jul 4th 2010 5:33PM

     said...

    While I agree not everyone will ever be satisfied with everything, I really think the story was simple and very do able in this age. They didnt need to change anything and they did. Im not saying everything should have been in the movie, but I think they could have done things better. And I do love the whole Twilight thing ever since my daughter gave me the first one to read. Id never read anything so fast in my life. And I will own every movie regardless of what I feel. LOL!

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  • Jul 2nd 2010 1:27PM

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    The theater we were at, everyone screamed when Jake kisses Bella in the snow. I was the only one who boo-ed :) TEAM EDWARD. I do wish they made the proposal scene longer though. It was my favorite chapter (Chapter. 20) and it was only 10 or so minutes long. Not even. I know this sounds extremely stupid, but I would have been satisfied if the whole 2hrs 4mins. were just the proposal scene or Rob and Kris staring at each other. (yes I'm obssesed) I went in with high expectations, and left bawling my eyes out!!! I started to cry when Jessica gave the Valedictorian/Graduation speech. I would have been satisfied if they left out... well... nothing. I thought David Salde did an amazing. Can't wait for the DVD to see the deleted scened. :D

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  • Jul 2nd 2010 9:14AM

     said...

    Another outstanding installment, buddy! Woohoo! I laughed and laughed...

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  • Jul 2nd 2010 7:12AM

    whitneym02  said...

    Theyre not really indie films anymore. They started out that way when Summit bought the rights (explanation for the horrendous actors?) but now they have a huge budget. Summit doesn't care about how good they make them, it's nice to see they stepped up on eclipse but all they want is to make money and people will complain about what they didnt like and still go see the next one...er..two. More money is also the reason Summit copied the HP franchise and split the final book into 2 movies, whereas the Deathly Hallows COULDNT BE compacted into one film, Twilight could have fit the plot into one 3-hour movie but specifically didnt to get an extra payday. And Oscar worthy?PLEASE! These movies wouldnt be oscar worthy if Elia Kazan directed them!

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  • Jul 2nd 2010 8:35AM

    LolasMom  said...

    Actually, they decided to split Breaking Dawn into 2 movies because the length of the book, and the amount of material in it, would never fit into one 2 or 2 and a half hour movie. The other reason they split it was because of fan response. The fans practically DEMANDED that it be split in two. It had nothing to do with HP. And will you PLEASE stop trying to compare Twilight to HP?? HP is an adventure movie about magic. Twilight is a human/vampire love story. Stop trying to draw comparisons where there are none.

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  • Jul 2nd 2010 8:54AM

    whitneym02  said...

    You misunderstood me, I wasnt comparing plot lines or styles of the franchises, I completely understand that they are very different movies, and wouldnt think of comparing them because there truly are very few similarities. I read the twilight books, and there was not all that much material in the last one. A lot of throw away scenes or scenes where the plot could be compacted. And where would they split it? Its a marketing tactic and congrats its working to get them another $300 million. Even if the fans demanded it, where did they get the idea? The only movie in recent memory to decide to split the last film in two. Dont give too much credit to the fans, Summit would have made two more low production value fluff films no matter what.

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  • Jul 2nd 2010 11:19AM

    turrea  said...

    The idea of splitting BD came up long before HP. And I disagree about the material, the book is in two different POV's and many fans would be very happy to see that in the films. Also it is very obvious where the first movie will end and where the second will begin...when Bella changes. Summit is a company that is creating a product a very popular one at that and what company is not into trying to make money. I do see where your coming from though. We are all intitled to our opinion and I respect that.

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  • Jul 1st 2010 11:37PM

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    So what would have been wrong with a longer, more satisfying movie with an intermission. We all bought and read the whole series of very long books because they were different, compelling and the stories were involved with many characters and side stories that kept them from being redundant blather. The movies are better than no movies, but the reader's digest version the movie makers at Summit gave us of Stephanie's book series just doesn't cut it. These books should not have been turned into indie films. They could have been a classic series in the same way Gone With The Wind and Titanic, both of which were long stories, were - Oscar worthy.

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