So let’s make this clear: I’m well aware of how ridiculously corny the Twilight movies are. But I think that my awareness has given me a chance to enjoy the films on their on terms. The latest entry sees the long awaited wedding of Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Patterson). Everyone, except for a very upset Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) was in attendance. The one thing I noticed right away that I didn’t notice in the previous films is that it was beautifully shot. Though not as eye pleasing as Immortals, Guillermo Navarro’s cinematography is nothing to scuff at.
After the wedding, the newly weds head to an island off the coast of Brazil for their honeymoon. After fourteen days of bed smashing love making, the unthinkable happens. Bella finds out she is with child. This leads to a series of events where loyalties are tested. Just like the Harry Potter series, the performances are an improvement over the previous films. Even in the hokey moments the actors seem to, at least, attempt to make it as real as possible.
The thing I didn’t understand was the hesitation to” turn” Bella. Yea, she wanted to lose her virginity as a human. But after the first couple of times, why didn’t he just “turn” her then. Did I miss something?
Kudos to the filmmakers for doing a great job of showing the toll the pregnancy took on Bella. I don’t know if she really lost that much weight or if that was special FX at work. Which ever one it was, it sure looked real.
Director Bill Condon has delivered a more emotional film than his predecessors did with their films. At the same time I will say that David Slade shot better action scenes in Eclipse. The action was serviceable at best in this film. But like I mentioned earlier, this film is more emotionally impacting that the other films.
Yes, the films are corny. This new entry does nothing to change that fact. But a good story goes a long way and this film deserves credit for telling a good one. For a first half of a two part film, it did a good job of telling a complete story and whetting our appetites for part 2. Let’s hope Part 2 is as good as this one with better action.