In a series that not only focuses on the love between a human and a vampire, but also the hatred between vampires and werewolves, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse breaks the rules.
In the third installment of the successful young adult, fantasy series, Eclipse brings the werewolves and vampires together in order protect their common interest: Bella, of course. Bella’s vampire boyfriend Edward and werewolf best friend Jacob must learn to get over the mythical hatred between their two species to save Bella from the vengeful vampire Victoria. Because Edward killed Victoria’s lover in an earlier book, Victoria wants to inflict the same kind of pain on Edward by killing Bella. So Victoria builds an army of young – and difficult to control – vampires to feast on the beautiful human girl.
With Edward and Jacob working together, the love triangle between Bella and her two loves reaches its breaking point. Bella and Jacob finally kiss, as she admits her love for him.
The Eclipse movie stays true to the novel in terms of plot, and the action scenes are gripping. Chalk it up to good cinematography, soundtrack, and effects. But there’s one flaw in Eclipse that holds true for the other Twilight movies as well. Whereas the movie follows the plot correctly, it doesn’t produce the same emotions about the two male love interests.
In regards to the novel, the reader is immediately smitten with Edward. Like Bella, that initial attraction remains strong throughout the series. We understand the inexplicable connection that binds the two and why she is willing to sacrifice a human life for him. When reading the first novel in particular, I was brought back to my high school days, reminiscing about the boy I would have done anything for. Jacob, in turn, becomes a nuisance in Eclipse.
But in the movie, Edward comes across as controlling, intense, and creepy. Jacob repeatedly explains to Bella that Edward can’t offer her the life of normalcy he would be able to give her. And we, the viewers, find ourselves nodding along with him.
I realized this when I discussed the movie with a friend who had not read the books, but had seen the movies. She was Team Jacob, and I was Team Edward. When I watched Eclipse through her eyes, I understood why she disliked Edward. And that’s the problem with the movie; the viewer should love Edward as much as Bella does – just like in the books.
Eclipse is full of bad acting, and therein lies the problem. Robert Pattison is mediocre; Taylor Lautner is good; but Kristin Stewart is awful. If she emoted her character’s feelings better, we would understand them more.