By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal
If you’re a fan of the “Twilight” saga, the decision to see the latest installment, “Eclipse,” was a no-brainer.
If you’re wondering what the fuss is about, maybe you’re wondering if you should check out the third film.
I say: don’t, unless you’ve got a lot of patience.
Much of “Eclipse” is about Bella (Kristen Stewart) ping-ponging between her sparkly vampire boyfriend Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and her rough-and-tumble best friend, werewolf Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner). Should she stay with Edward, or give Jacob a try?
The sub-plot – which could have been delicious had it been a little more developed – is about a gang of dangerous newborn vampires, set to kill the Cullens and Bella. The newbies are led by old enemy Victoria (Bryce Dallas Howard).
A good three quarters of the film is spent dealing with the Bella-Edward-Jacob triangle, and it’s boring. Both Edward and Jacob act so painfully immature or scarily abusive that it’s either really funny or really creepy, depending on your take.
The final act of the film is what’s exciting.
There’s a superb scene in which Edward and Jacob come to terms with each other, and the climactic fight scenes are fun, even if they are completely CGI’d into oblivion.
It’s also great to see Bella finally take some control for her own life and make some tough decisions.
It’s not the best of the “Twilight” films – the only truly exciting and engaging part of the film is the last 30 minutes or so – but it’s not horrible.
Worth your time?
“Eclipse” is rated PG-13 and is playing at Cinemark in Tupelo, Oxford Studio Cinema, Corinth Cinema 10, Hollywood Premier Cinema in Starkville and the Movie Reel in New Albany.
Sheena Barnett gives “Eclipse” a C.
Kelli Karlson with Wizard 106.7 gives “Eclipse” a B. “I enjoyed it, but it’s not something I’ll see again.”