Alphie’s Eclipse Review

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As most of you know, a special screening of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse was shown to Oprah’s audience members on Tuesday May 4, 2010.  I was able to attend the screening.  I don’t want to spoil too much, so I hope to make this review as spoiler free as possible. Now if you are trying to stay 100% spoiler free stop reading here, but if you want more, read on .

First off, I think it needs to be made clear that what we saw that night was an unfinished product.  I spoke with a representative from Summit after the film to confirm a few things before I passed any judgment on any particular section of the film.  I was told that the sound for the film we saw was mostly raw, meaning not a lot of over dubbing had been done to clean up the vocal quality of the dialogue,  and that the sound track wasn’t completely provided.  This was good news to me as I found some of the dialogue difficult to understand.  There was even one section where the sound disappeared completely and subtitles were supplied so that we would know what Edward was saying to Bella.  There were also long 10 – 15 minute segments of film, all non-action scenes, with absolutely no underscoring.  You don’t realize how much that underscore means to the emotion of a film until you watch a film without it!  And now that we’ve heard parts of the soundtrack, I am really excited to hear that music incorporated into the film.

Other than the sound, the special effects weren’t finished.  We were told at the start of the film to expect the finished product to be sharper and more visually dynamic.  I’m not sure which moments were missing their effects, but I’m guessing that some of the vampire battle moments will get tweaked as well as the wolves.  We did get a shot of a few wolves in their silvery, computer digitalized versions, which was a bit of a shock to see and really makes you understand the work that goes in to animating the wolves.  However, the moments with the finished wolves we’re just beautiful.  I felt that each wolf’s character really came through.  There is one moment in particular with Jacob in wolf form that is just perfection.

So that being said, what we DID see was 100% of the storyline.  Let me reassure those of you who still doubt the romance of the film that it is there.  It is so totally there!  Every kiss you expect to see is there.  Every moment of longing and confusion is there.  From marriage proposals to leg hitches, it’s all there… and then some.  The chemistry is hotter than ever.  No need to worry about this side of the film.

Those of you that have missed the Cullens in the first two movies will not be disappointed.  All the Cullens get more screen time, with the obvious emphasis on Rosalie and Jasper and their back stories.  It was really quite fantastic to see them playing their human counterparts, and then to see both of them as red eyed vampires.  The flashbacks were some of my favorite moments of the film.

Wolf pack fans, you get a treat, too.  The scene that comes from chapter 11 of Eclipse (Legends) is very well done.  Even though the CG on the wolves wasn’t finished, I felt there was more emotion and characterization in the wolves this time around than in New Moon.  The new additions to the pack are played exactly as you expect.  The crowd gave a sweet “awwww” when we first met Seth in the film.  Booboo Stewart is so spot on Seth that you can’ t help but smile at him.  Julia Jones is as bitter and edgy as Leah should be.

But I think the thing everyone will be talking about when they walk out of the theatre is the action.  Action, action, action!  Vampires being vampires and werewolves being werewolves.  The action in the film rocks!  It’s fast paced and intense.  Yes, there is blood and the vampires die on film exactly as described in the books.  Some of it will make you say “ewwww,” but then if you’ve read the book you know how certain characters go out in the end.

The few things that have had me concerned are the same things that have had every fan concerned from the moment we first saw the trailer.  Jackson’s and Kristen’s wigs are just… not good in the version that I saw! There was online speculation that some of the pick up shots that were done recently were to fix Kristen’s wig.  I had it confirmed from a Summit representative that Bella’s hair was actually digitally remastered so that she would have the natural looking hair we all know and love, and not an obvious wig with a dodgy hairline!  I’m not sure if they did the same for Jackson, but I hope they did something.  Jasper’s hair looks stringy. When in confederate uniform, Jasper’s costumes were fine; however, some of his more modern costumes reminded me of Mister Rogers in a few scenes.  I find it really sad because Jackson did such a good job with Jasper’s back story.  He really shines in this movie, but his hair and cardigan sweaters are somewhat of a distraction.

For the typical die-hard fan there are some changes made: a line choice here, a  moment missed there.  However, I don’t feel I can really address them here without spoiling too much.  It isn’t  much of an issue, just a few minor things that I wished had been done differently.  And keep in mind that I am personally attached to Eclipse, so I figured I’d be pickier about this film than any of the others. So as a fan of the books, I understand that when adapting book to film that some things have to go or be changed, but it wasn’t anything vital that made me think the heart of the plot was destroyed or that familiar characters were acting out-of-character.

Overall, I honestly feel this is the best of the three films, and I’m not saying that just because I’m a Twilight fan.  That comes with the addendum that I also feel it is the best book in the saga.  So take my opinion for what it is worth on that account.  However, with the intensity of the romance and the fast-paced action sequences, I  expect every Twilight fan will be thoroughly pleased with the end result.  More than pleased – I expect this film to crush some box office  records not because it’s a Twilight film, but because it’s a great summer movie!  Bravo David Slade.  And bravo to the cast and crew for truly bringing their A-game for this one.  I can’t wait to see the final product on June 30th!

Comments

  1. Katie Limbeck says:

    Wooo!! :) This sounds like good news!! I’m even more pumped now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Roxanna says:

      Alphie you have stirred the frenzie! I do appreciate the LACK of information. I didn’t find it spoilerific at all. I have already purchased my midnight release tickets. I intend to go as often as finances will allow. I wish this month would hurry up and pass!!!

      • ha..lol..I like your comment “spoilerific” and “as much as fincances allow”…this is really really random, but do you ever wonder how much the Saga films would gross if they weren’t released in the middle of a depression? Like if the economy were better, they would be making insane amounts of money. I’m sure lots of Twilighters are saying that same thing, “as much as finances can allow”. Pre-depression(or recession depending on your political view) I’m sure these films would be the highest grossing of all time.

        • I am in Australia and remember hearing about a study that was done and found that actually more people go to the movies during “recessions” or “depressions” as it is seen as one of the cheaper forms of entertainment (as opposed to mabybe going to a play or concert).

          Also people go more often as they feel a greater
          need to escape reality (or depression) for a while.

          Apparently, happier more escapist movies were more popular during recession as opposed to dark or thriller type movies.

          I wonder if thats true everywhere?
          Or true at all? I can’t afford the movies much anymore at $18/tix, how much are movie tix where you are? :)

  2. Jennifer says:

    Thank you, thank you! I’m sooo looking forward to the movie and am highly optimistic that it will be awesome!

  3. Stephanie says:

    Wow, Thanks for the great review! I am just so excited to see this movie, that I can hardly wait. I guess the Bree book will have to hold me over til June 30th.

  4. Stephanie Cull says:

    yeyyy… i really want some quotes in there from the book but we’ll just have to wait and see :D:D

    thanks for the great review (Y)

  5. this is makes it even more exciting b/c Eclipse was my fav book in the series. thanks for the review!!!!

  6. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts! I can’t wait to see it…ugh…

  7. Thanks for sharing! I’m so excited to see Eclipse. I’m surprised you didn’t talk about the tent scene…I think that part will be so good!

  8. Thank you for the review. Eclipse is my favorite book also. I have been a little apprehensive about how it will look on screen. You’ve removed my fears. Now bring on June 30th.

  9. Thank you so much, Alphie.

  10. Desirea C says:

    From what I saw on Oprah, the scene where Edward finds out about Jacob kissing Bella, is ALL WRONG. I was really looking forward to seeing Edward being all calm and telling Jacob that if he ever brought her back damaged again he would be walking with three legs. etc… I just dont know if I can trust this review if you didn’t think that scene was out of character…

    • Ditto on that. I was looking forward to Edward’s calm, I’m going to kill you if you touch her again talk with Jacob. IMO, that was one of the kewlest speeches he gives to Jacob. It makes you think he is a bad a** and not necessarily so nice all the time.

    • Maelina says:

      The way the scene plays out in the book wouldn’t work in the film. It would be really difficult to show how angry Edward is if he’d just stay calm, it wouldn’t translate to the screen. I think the audience needs to see Edward almost losing control, otherwise it might seem that he doesn’t care.

      • I totally agree, some scenes that we love in the book don’t translate well to the screen. I was happy with the result because it actually showed Edward use an emotion I wished he would have used in the book.

      • Totally agree also. As much as I love Edward’s calm but dangerous threat to Jacob it just wouldn’t translate. I think the last thing we want is an apathetic looking edward. On screen sometimes you have to play the emotions more obviously than they are written in the book. It does interfere with Edward’s character a bit seeing that his emotions are always so guarded but I would rather have an Edward that is too expressive rather that an Edward that seems like he has no emotions.

      • MiVidaLoca says:

        I disagree, you can absolutely translate that whole seen to screen and have edward be furious yet calm. I have done it many times when my kids or husband have made me angry and we are in a public so I can’t lose it. I know how to give the look, make every word count.

        I was upset they jacked that scene all up as well. it was one of the few I hoped would stay in tact, all of it from Charlie and Jacobs banter to her calling Edward and Edward and Jacobs scene while she completely ignores Jacob.

        If that is the only scene that goes wrong though I will be a very happy camper. Just as long as the rest of the movie makes up for it.

        • I totally agree. This is one of my favorite exchanges in the book and thought it was out of character to have Edward react that way. I also love Bella “you’re in trouble now” tirade as Jacob is driving her home, Jacobs definance about not leaving before Edward arrives, Billy “it’s your funeral” comment to Jacob and the classic line from Edward about what will happen if Jacob ever brings Bella back in less that perfect condition. I’m sorry guys, but anger Edward doesn’t compare to cool as ice, quiet rage, death stare Edward.

    • Twilight_News says:

      I can understand your worry about that one particular moment. But I guess since I felt Rob really nailed Edward’s character in the rest of the film that this didn’t irritate me that much. In the context of the film with no warning or preview that this was how the scene would play out, I didn’t have a huge problem with it. If I had seen the clip and knew what was coming, it might have stood out. I was focusing more on the lines “I punched a werewolf in the face” and “I kissed Bella” than Edward’s calm.

    • Emerson says:

      I so agree. They sort of make Edward look like and unhappy, no-fun controlling boyfriend with that scene. When she finally kissed Jacob he was so sweet and said he’d be better for her, whatever her heart wanted etc. He was a courteous gentleman. Some scenes they just DON’T need to rev up for action.

  11. omg!!! cant wait that just made me want to see it now june isnt commin fast enough!!!

  12. Hooray! I’m so excited for this movie!!! Thanks for the spectacular review! :D

  13. Hollie Matthewman says:

    Is the tent scene in it?
    And thanks so much for sharing this,
    cannot wait! :)

  14. Great review, thanks!! Although JEALOUS you have seen it :) The only clip I have seen that I was a little unhappy with was the post Jacob kissing Bella scene, I loved how calm Edward acted during the book and was kind of unhappy they made it an agressive scene in the movie. With that being said… Rob looked sooo hot mad, I think I can get over it!!! What was your take on that change?

  15. It sounds like the movies gonna be really good. I can’t wait to go see it. I’ve read all the books and seen all the movies so far and i’m really excited to see this one and how it goes along with the book XD

  16. Jennifer says:

    Thanks for addressing the wig issue. I was concerned about how that was going to turn out. The style changed so much in New Moon, and I was hoping they could keep it a bit more consistent in Eclipse. Can’t wait!!

  17. Eclipse is my favorite book too. I cannot wait to see it. I’m glad I studied filmmaking in college to understand screen play adaptations so I won’t get too angry when changes are made from the book LOL. But I’m still excited to see the final product.

  18. Gail Brooks says:

    OMG. I wish it was June 30th already. It is going to be very exciting. Thanks for sharing this with us!!

  19. kimbella says:

    This is sooooooooo exciting…thank you for the review. I have said in the beginning that ECLIPSE would be amazing!!

  20. Thanks for this awesome review! I’m glad to hear not much was left out especially the leg hitch scene, that scene in the book ranks in my top 5 favorites from all the books. I get chills everytime I see the fight scenes in the trailer I’m very excited about those parts! Hurry up June 30 which by the way is my Birthday!!!

  21. WoW!!!! your review has totally got me even more pumped for June 30th! I cant wait!!!!!

  22. Can`t wait. It`s my favourite book aswell and I`m sure its going to break some box office records. Thank you for sharing. <3

  23. i think this is amazing. i love the cast of the TWILIGHT SAGA

  24. What about the acting? Please tell me it’s improved. I hated almost all performances in New Moon. Chris Weitz just wasn’t good with drawing performances from the cast.

    • I agree. But I think the acting looks ok if something actually get’s me it will probably be the lines Melissa has given them.

    • Twilight_News says:

      I thought the acting was well done. I always want Kristen to smile a bit more, but given what she is facing, I understand why she doesn’t. I think Jackson and Taylor were the two that really stood out to me acting wise.

    • I was disappointed with the acting in New Moon too – until I saw all the extended and deleted scenes.

      That’s when I realized that it wasn’t the acting that was bad, it was the editing. I understand the need to shorten some scenes, but they actually cut lines out of the middle of conversations, which meant that the dialogue didn’t flow properly. (Bella and Jacob in her room was a perfect example.)

      If you haven’t seen them already, I would highly recommend watching all the scenes on YouTube.

  25. yh it ago shot

  26. I’m trying to decide whether to deal with the teenagers on June 30th, and now I think I will. Your review seems extremely subjective and that’s what I’m looking for! I am totally excited to see Rosalie and Jasper’s backstories since we were deprived of Alice and James’ relationship in Twilight. Your opinion on that makes it most appealing!!! Thanks! Brava on your review!!

    • Twilibrarian says:

      Honey, I’m not only dealing with the teenagers, I’m running a blood drive with them in conjection with Regal and Upstate NY Transplant Services! Then, we are all going to see all 3 films, one right after another…..the complete saga to this point! I am sooo glad school is out by then! It’s going to be a late night!

  27. Jessie K says:

    eeek… I am so excited! I love that she added that all the kisses and “leg hitching” were in there… that is like my favorite scene in the series! it makes my heart beat a mile a minute!!! cannot wait for this to come out!!!

    • Makayla says:

      omg… mee tooo… and i am soo happy that they said that there will be those parts… now i am soo excited to see the movie…

  28. Melanie says:

    That all sounds great to me!!! I am looking forward to the Tent scene (Fire & Ice)! Is that done well in the movie? I hope so!! :)

    ***(SPOILER ALLERT)***

    Also, do they incorporate the wedding into this movie?

    I kinda hope not because That is Breaking Dawn and should be in the 4th movie coming.

    Thanks for the info!! 34 days and counting!!! :)

    • Twilight_News says:

      No wedding, just proposals and an engagement ring.

      • Shannon says:

        really hope they put the part in the garage where Alice is coaxing Bella into letting her do the wedding. I LOVE when Bella tells Edward to get in here!

  29. what a relief! This is also my fave book of the series, so I wasn’t really expecting it to meet my expectations, but your review gives me hope that David and the actors really nailed it.

  30. I loved your review! Can’t wait to see the movie.
    The only I don’t like so far was the way Rob pronounce the word “Against” in the fight w/ Jake clip.

    • LOL! Tracy, Im going to have to look at that again, I haven’t noticed it!

    • I was a little thrown off by it at first, but in order to justify it in my mind, I remember that Edward speaks sometimes with cadences of another time, so if you think of it that way, it’s allowable :)

    • “Against” is one of those words which Brits often have trouble with — that and “been” are dead give-aways most of the time.

    • Twilibrarian says:

      It’s that darn English accent coming through. Yet he says “again” like an American. “If you ever touch her “uh-gane-ster” will “uh-gen.” Listen closely! That’s just part of his charm!

  31. Yes ! I can’t wait ! Thank you for that review.

  32. That was a great review! Thanks :)
    I have a read a couple other reviews and without really discussing it (as I dont want to spoil for others) I’m concerned about the bike escape from school scene, I hope what I read was an inaccurate account… I really really hope so.

    Thanks again for the review that was great!

    • Where did you read about the bike escape scene? I would love to read about it too…

    • Veronica says:

      What did you read about?? Was it pretty bad?? I’m concern now =(

    • Twilight_News says:

      The bike escape is one of my nit pick moments. It works in the context of the film, and if you haven’t read the book you wouldn’t miss it at all, but I liked the book better.

    • Oh great … so they ruined the jail break scene too?

      MR must have SOME ego to keep changing stuff like this. I wonder if she secretly thinks that she’s a better writer than Stephenie, and is trying to prove it by completely reworking the story lines. There is no other reason I can think of that would explain her need to change all our favorite scenes!

  33. Actually Breaking Dawn is my favorite then Eclipse but I still cant’ wait to see what happens.

  34. Elizabeth says:

    Can not wait to watch! No kids on that day. :)

  35. Ms. Tana Lee says:

    YEAAA… Awesome.. This sound so great… Love to hear from a book fan… I am so ready and you just got me excited to see it… Not fair you got to see it that early… How did you manage that!!!

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  36. Kmbrly75 says:

    Yaaay, So excited!! Thanks for the details without spoiling the movie!! :)

  37. I can’t wait for this movie to come out. i have my calender and im actually counting down the days

  38. shanise morton says:

    thanks for sharing what you could. reading your review was like reading the books… i didnt realize i was holding my breath…lol
    vampire diaries is holding me over until it comes out.

    • Twilight dreamers says:

      I no i read and re-read and read twilight again! sigh, but saddly i fininshed all the vampire diaries and have to wait till december for the next 1. and with the show over… sigh Thank god for the lexicon its my rock!

  39. TeddyReady says:

    I was positive this would be the best move yettt!
    All my friends be like, ” you really read twilight ?! ” yes i doesss lol . Bet i catch them in the theatre this time lol

  40. Gina L. says:

    Alphie, you are awesome! Great review & I now really can’t wait to see the movie. You all are “Johnny on the spot with the with Twi!” Thanks for keeping me up to date. Great job!

  41. MeyaRose says:

    I’m so glad to hear that the romantic scenes are preserved! When the book came out, that’s what everyone was talking about – how much steamier the kisses were and how Edward kept calling her “love” and just how sweet it was.

    I’m also glad to hear about Leah and Seth, my impressions I’ve seen of them in pictures is that they are true to their characters in the books, its nice to know it translated to the film.

    Eclipse is my favorite of the books as well, so I’m sure I’ll be very critical and say “Why wasn’t this part there?” or “Why did they do it that way?” but from what your saying, it sounds like the most important aspects are preserved.

    Also Rosalie is my favorite character, I think I understood her quicker than most when I read New Moon for the first time and she said “I wish there had been someone to vote ‘no’ for me.” It all clicked that she was trying to save Bella from a horrible fate, which is really nice, actually. Anyway, I loved her flashback in the book Eclipse because it just confirmed what I thought all along, and I’m hoping and praying that they do a good job with that in the movie, and you said that they did, so that makes me happy as well.

  42. Well Alphie,
    You did a fantastic job with the review. I think your “teaser” was better than anything else I’ve read so far. You gave us just enough with the knowledge of Bella’s wig malfunction, to the anticipated *leg hitch* to rest all of our fears. Yes, we know the movie will not be just like the book, so we will all just have to wait til June 30.

  43. Charlotte says:

    can’t wait to go to advance screening on july 3rd here in the UK! whoop =)

  44. WOW!

  45. I can hardly wait to see the movie

  46. Heather says:

    I would like a “like” button for this post!

  47. I am soooo excited!! Thanks for the review, I am more excited now than I was before reading this..

  48. Veronica says:

    I’m a little disappointed to hear that Jackson will be wearing the same clothes as in New Moon…didn’t like them – sweaters don’t work for Jasper in my opinion, and I seriously can’t see Alice wanting that look on Jasper, either…such a fashionista would never settle for The Cosby Show look. I prefer the look he had in the first Twilight – sort of Euro-edgy with the 80’s new wave hair.
    Oh well, still can’t wait to see Eclipse!

  49. cannot wait for this movie! everything reported here just makes me want to see the finished product. the wig situation is distracting, jasper’s and alice’s in new moon were AWFUL, what is UP with that????

    • I am so looking forward to the movie also, but what about all the excessive white makeup especially with Edward. That and the hair all seems so much more theatrical and over the top than the first two movies.

  50. Hello! Thank you for the review Alphie! I can’t wait for seeing the film, Eclipse it’ìs my fav book of the saga and I hope that the film is going to be good as the book … 30th of June isn’t to far…

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