by Marcus at the Movies
July 1, 2010
Movie decision-making was easy for Marcus this week, as only one movie opened. "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse," rated PG-13, made its debut Wednesday in theaters, starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner.
O the rivalry, the jealousy, the gnashing of teeth.
Boys, boys, boys: she loves you both -- only Edward more than Jacob. I confess, I'm hooked on the "Twilight" series. The sequels keep getting better, this one much more than the last. It's a shame there's only two left.
The acting gets better, the fighting more intense, and the characters more developed -- but all the while it's still a kindler, gentler vampire movie, with bigger bark than bite.
The two main things driving this third film are lots of love, and major rivalries. Although passive, there are also rivalries amongst the ladies.
"I don't hate you. I don't particularly like you, but..."
And of course there's the rivalry between Edward and Jacob, which gives the film much of its well-rounded humor.
"Doesn't he own a shirt?"
I think Jake has one shirt, actually, but he and his buddies usually go shirtless, even when it snows. Well, they do have animal blood -- and the girls like it.
Speaking of which, you can forget about this being just another movie for teenage girls. I liked it and so did my daughter, who's a mom in her late 20s.
Amidst the film's characters, old and new, are a myriad of love triangles, an aura of jealousy and motives for power and revenge. And the movie never loses its sense of humor, even in its most intense moments.
The saga's main stalemate continues, with Bella wanting to become like Edward and Edward wanting to marry Bella. Bella's dad Charlie contributes with a bigger role.
"Eclipse" takes the story up several notches. The Bella/Edward/Jacob love trifecta evolves into the guys putting the testosterone aside for her welfare and protection. The climax is Team Jacob and Team Edward teaming up to fight an outside clan of vampires.
In my opinion, "Eclipse" is the best movie of the summer, best seen with friends in a packed theater -- but get tickets in advance, and get to the theater early.
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