The Twilight saga continues with another tedious installment, Eclipse. The primary story arc continues to be two extraordinary teens, Edward (Robert Pattinson) the vampire and Jacob (Taylor Lautner) the werewolf fighting over the most boring female lead we've seen in years - Bella (Kristen Stewart). This time around an army of vampire newborns are out to get Bella, so the vampires and werewolves must come together to save her.
The previous Twilight films have been dreadful and this one is scarcely different. Bella continues to be a mopey, completely uninteresting character. Kristen Stewart plays her with these dead, doe eyes, almost as if she took a sleeping pill before filming and is fighting hard to stay awake. I'll give her credit and say it's the yawn-inspiring script that she's struggling to get through. Edward, with his sparkling skin, broods and stares wistfully into Bella's eyes while they have several romps through fields of daisies. The only character that has a semblance of life is Jacob, ripped abs and all. His physical attraction for Bella is ramped up and makes a few laughable advances.
Directed by David Slade, and adapted from Stephanie Meyer's novel by Melissa Rosenberg, Eclipse plays it as safe as possible. There was never a point in this film where I thought Bella was in real danger, or had any belief in the supposed romantic triangle. It's so poorly acted and saccharine. Eclipse is more of an after school special than a feature film. Maybe this was done on purpose as not to rock the legion of 'tweener fans. God forbid they deviate a little for artistic purposes and try to make a decent film.
Eclipse is meant for the fan base and nothing more. If you belong to a Jacob vs. Edward blog, or have a Twilight poster hanging over your bed, this is your movie. Casual observers and moviegoers are left in the lurch for a painfully slow two hours. I can't fathom why this film is so long. They could have easily cut out ten minutes of agamous teenage embrace.