Friday, July 2, 2010

Eclipse, why I liked it.

I don't have a whole lot of time to make this sound eloquent, so as usual, it's a list.

1. Bella was waaaay less annoying than in any of the others, maybe she's over the squinting? She looked prettier, too. I guess Vamp-love must agree with her.

2. Something about Edward Cullen as the jealous high school boyfriend worked for me. I had a few jealous high school boyfriends, none as beautiful or half as intelligent as Mr. Cullen, but I thought it was done well. The nervous tension/anticipation of their night alone in the house together also reminded me of a few things from high school, although quite opposite of what actually ended up happening. . .

3. The landscapes and helicopter shots were brilliant. A few times reminiscent of The Shining, even. Music was right on. The scene where Jacob appears at school? HANDS DOWN BEST SCENE OF THE FILM. David Slade must have quite a film repertoire inside his head, because this was an extremely cinematic sequel.

4. It was funny. Seriously. It laughed at itself. It reveled in its own cheesiness and acknowledged how crazy the world has gone over this Team Edward/Team Jacob hysteria ("Let's face it, I am hotter than you," in the tent? My second favorite moment). It was subtle when it needed to be, it was epic and Matrix-y when it needed to be. The wolves fighting? Amazing. The snapping noises when a vampire was torn apart? Amazing. Obviously the sound team was a brilliant bunch of people.

5. Every time the wolves came on I damn near cried. There is just something wonderful and powerful about them (team Jacob, btw).

6. The histories of both the wolf tribe and two of the Cullen vampires was crucial (not only to the story but to making me stop hating the Cullens). It added, dare I say, depth?

If this sort of thing would have come out during my high school career, it's safe to say that I would
1. be a solid member of Team Edward, and
2. see this film in the theater at least 11 times.

It's FUN, you should try it.