Movie Review: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)

I've grown cynical of the Twilight teen-vampire-romance film franchise. After a rather promising Twilight, 'New Moon' was an utter disaster. With this new film The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, I went into the theater thinking whether if it will bounce back or sink to lower depths.

I'm sure Twilight fans will be happy to hear that 'Eclipse' was able to pull the franchise out of the doldrums.

As far as the main characters are concerned, nothing much has changed: Kristen Stewart is still portraying Bella with a half-drunken stupor, Robert Pattinson is still the emo vampire, and Taylor Lautner still doesn't have a shirt on. Director David Slade (30 Days of Night), the third one in as many films, was able to mix the action, romance, and even humor in the Bella-Edward-Jacob love triangle. If you ask me, the best unintentional humor happens when all three are on screen at the same time.

The story goes beyond the "Edward or Jacob, Jacob or Edward?" shallowness and puts more depth on the other characters. I'm sure casual and non-fans will appreciate richer supporting characters. I also commend director Slade for opting to set more scenes in livelier settings, moving away from the dreary, tall forests of the American Northwest. Still, the pace could have been improved and the dialogue borders on 6th grade levels.

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse is watchable, despite being targeted to adolescent fan girls who'll swoon at Edward's gaze and shriek at Jacob's abs.

Rating: 3/5

Thanks to Ayala Cinemas for making it possible for me to watch 'Eclipse' in advance.