The Twilight Saga: Eclipse – Film Review

(124 MINS, CERT 12)

Director: David Slade
Starring: Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Bryce Dallad Howard, Billy Burke, Dakota Fanning

A saga that has taken audiences worldwide by storm is back, making a third appearance in Stephenie Meyer’s novel adaptation of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Starring an untouched cast, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart reprise their roles as the loved up couple of Edward Cullen and Bella Swan, who as always perform an on-screen chemistry that even the strongest of characters will be able to relate to.

With the previous offerings in the Twilight Saga starting off in a disappointing manner (New Moon was a huge improvement) Twilight: Eclipse, seems to have taken it one step further, moving on from the usual “teenage girl” target audience marketing scheme both previous directors used to follow the Twilight story on the silver screen. From the opening sequence, the dark themes of murder and horror dominate the film’s presence, with Eclipse also given a whole bunch of new settings to work with, which take place outside of the small, quiet town that is Forks.

Directed by David Slade, best known for 2007’s vampire flick 30 Days of Night, the darkness and appearance of the vampires has inter-linked from a true horror, into a saga which looks set to be evolving into one of the quickest film transformations in recent years, following in the shadows of the Harry Potter series, which are now at their darkest.

Whether you like the Twilight Saga or not, everything that could possibly relate to such a franchise is here to stay, and for a while at that matter. Twilight: Eclipse offers something for everyone. Gone are the days of screaming girls blushing at the site of Robert Pattinson’s on-screen presence or of the thought of seeing Taylor Lautner’s “perfected” six-pack and baby face, (of course Eclipse will always offer this to a certain gender and age group) but there is something more that the previous two just have not perfected, depth.

Including key character histories, character development and a story line which lays foundations from beginning to end, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse is the best of the bunch to date. With a long wait on ours hands until the next instalment in released in November 2011, we can only begin to imagine what Breaking Dawn will have to offer.

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