The only thing the third film in the Twilight Saga offers that we haven’t seen before is moral guidance for the impressionable target audience. David Slade is the director this time around, and with actual previous vampire film experience (30 Days of Night). For the twihard fans there is a lot of familiarity including the love triangle between the three main characters. Eclipse offers nothing groundbreaking in the way of character development or cinematic appeal. The special effects are slightly more improved, but again the fans came to see their favorite books play out on screen.

     Bella (Stewart) continues to bask in the romance between her chosen vampire Edward (Pattinson), still asking to become like him so they might live forever. A growing threat of new born vampires slowly marches toward the scent of Bella, led by the floating red head Victoria (Bryce Howard Dallas). Edward vows to protect Bella against anything, but he can’t seem to cool her feelings for Jacob (Lautner) who insists that Bella also loves him. The two men vie for one heart, and while Bella has feelings for both men, only one does she promise forever with.

     With all the sexual tension that was personified by Stewart’s performance in the first film, finally Bella works up the courage to explore that with Edward’s character. I must admit my adoration to author Stephanie Meyer for her use of Christian morals and values within these books. The forgotten concept of sex after marriage is rarely seen or talked about in film or popular culture, but it is a blessing to see it upheld here of all places. Edward’s dialogue to Bella about waiting is both innocently beautiful and like a breath of fresh forgotten air where film is concerned, I really wanted to stand up and clap. The scenes featuring Bella and Edward are much more meaningful and important than what we saw in the previous films.

     I am not sure how or why audiences continue their hype over a plot that never seems to change. Jacob has three separate scenes where he talks with Bella about changing her mind to love him (not to mention New Moon was an entire movie about the same thing), it’s a never ending story. Lautner is the least talented of all the actors, also the youngest. His highly praised physique is all he has going for him in the talent department. The flashbacks and resulting history of two of the vampire characters provided interesting background, but I must say it was quite thrilling to hear Galveston, Texas mentioned in the film!

     Final Thought – Thumbs up for the films stance on morality values, thumbs down for reoccurring plot devices.

Grade C+

By: Dustin Chase W.

Editor: Jennifer Gih