To those who wonder, why the movie was titled like that:
The clouds I can handle. But I can’t fight with an eclipse.
[Jacob Black, Eclipse, Chapter 26, p.600]
However, that was not mentioned in the adaptation.
What day is it? I can’t believe that until now I haven’t done a review for Eclipse. Had it been shown in 2008, I probably had drafted my review already with fill in the blanks type (until I validate the other details). You know how it feels when you used to be head over heels over someone/something OR that famous realization about first love? That it actually dies, but is never forgotten. That is the current state of my Twilight Saga addiction. For old times’ sake, I willingly write this non-traditional review and random babbling into one:
(a) Would you believe that a larger percentage of the patronizers on the day that I watched were locals (Emiratis)? Their younger generation really are becoming more open minded.
(b) Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen is unfortunately depreciating. I prefer to remember Edward Cullen just as he is in the book and Robert Pattinson as he was in the first movie and as Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I think most of you have heard of the joke, “Voldemort had killed Cedric Diggory and was turned into a vampire… he is now Edward Cullen!”
(c) On the other hand, Taylor Lautner as Jacob Black has became more appealing. In the book, I am with Team Edward. But in the movies, I am on the other side. Semi-Team Jasper even, in Eclipse. Members of Team Jasper increased because a portion of his admirable vampire career was highlighted.
(d) Why is Kristen Stewart’s (Isabella Swan) acting not improving? Haaay.
(e) Xavier Samuel as Riley Biers (new character) was very good. Too bad his role died on this movie, too. His acting reminded me of Vampire Diaries (Season 2 will start in September. Better than Twilight Saga.)
(f) The soundtrack is remarkable.
(g) Jessica’s valedictory address was good. But in the books, it sounded like Angela and Eric are the brainier batchmates.
(h) My most favorite scene in the book, i.e. the tent scene, which I looked forward to in the adaption, was depicted excellently. That was when they spent the night on the mountains. On that stormy hour, the sickly chilling Bella cannot be comforted by Edward since the vampires as popularized from this point are as cold as ice. Jacob being hot-blooded, of wolf descent, saved the damsel in distress. There goes the one million dollar statement: “Let’s face it, I’m hotter than you!” The man-to-man (or ice versus fire) talk happened thereafter meaningfully. How lucky is Bella eh? But I do not envy her. Heehee.
(i) During my fanatic days, I was torn with the thought of becoming a vampire or wolf. I wanted to be a vampire because they are capable of not sleeping at all. That means that I would be able to do a lot of things. And if I will have the special power like Alice Cullen’s, i.e. to foresee things, I probably can accumulate a lot of funds by playing through the stocks and other investments. But I realized that I do not want to cheat. I wanted to be a wolf instead since they can sleep and eat normally unlike the vampires. But smell wise, the wolves were jokingly depicted in the saga as smelling like dogs. Vampires are super vain, but I do not like that they are very pale. Assuming that there are only two choices: would you want to be a vampire or wolf? or let us rephrase that into “would like to get married to Edward Cullen or Jacob Black?”
(j) On a serious note, those who have watched Eclipse but have not read the book will definitely find Bella the ultimate two timer. Just after agreeing to marry Edward, the next day she was caught kissing Jacob (to top it all, she asked him). Although Edward did not technically see it, but of course, he has the ability to read everyone’s thoughts (except Bella’s). You just imagine him reading Jacob’s thoughts – all the intentions and emotions. However, Bella did that as a strategy to get Jacob on a surviving mindset as he was about to fight with the newborns (Army of Vampires created by Victoria).
(k) But whichever way you try to see it, she really is. She actually admitted that she loves Jacob, while she is engaged to Edward (hahaha). And claimed that she loves the latter more, anyway. And that’s perfectly fine for Edward. Where does he get his fountain of understanding? As explained in the book, his maturity about certain aspects is beyond compare being a more than 100-year old vampire. And you see, Jacob is just too aggressive. Edward’s being old fashioned (to an ancient extent) and empathizing were actually charming. But wait until you read the next point.
(l) He will suggest to Bella (as she wanted to procreate during their marriage) to have a baby with Jacob, knowing his limitations as a vampire. Eeeeep, that is on Book 4! [Sorry about the spoiler.] Breaking Dawn the movie is yet to be shown – in two parts.
(m) The cutest terminology that surfaced in Eclipse is “imprinting”. When a wolf does imprint on someone, it is like he or she has found a soulmate. The way it was stated in the movie was clever. But I think that the process and school of thought were more descriptive as mentioned in the book:
It’s not like love at first sight, really. It’s more like… gravity moves. When you see her, suddenly it’s not the earth holding you here anymore. She does. And nothing matters more than her. And you would do anything for her, be anything for her… You become whatever she needs you to be, whether that’s a protector, or a lover, or a friend, or a brother.
[Jacob Black, Eclipse, Chapter 8, p.176]
(n) And Jacob thought he imprinted on Bella. But he will have the real imprinting on Bella’s half human-half vampire daughter (on Book 4). Sure, that sounds weird… Jacob’s love interest is an infant. My initial reaction, too. But if you would refer back to the real meaning of imprinting, it encompasses not only romantic love. I wished though that he had imprinted on Leah Clearwater instead.
(o) I waited for the following lines from Jacob, which did not happen in the movie:
The fortune-telling bloodsucker can’t see us? Seriously? That’s excellent!
Chapter 4, p.104
I think it’s easier for you to be near me when I’m not human, because you don’t have to pretend that you’re not attracted to me.
Chapter 21, p.478
I make you nervous. But only when I’m human. When I’m a wolf, you’re more comfortable around me.
Chapter 21, p.478
He’s like a drug for you, Bella. I see that you can’t live without him now. It’s too late. But I would have been healthier for you. Not a drug; I would have been the air, the sun.
Chapter 26, p.599
The clouds I can handle. But I can’t fight with an eclipse.
Chapter 26, p.600
(p) In general, the third film adaption was the best so far. It actually is the best among the four books. I wonder how they will execute the out of the world scenes from the fourth/last book. I hope that the Volturis will be really authoritative then, I was not too impressed with their presence in this movie.
Although my addiction has worn out, it is obvious that I can still talk about it and them endlessly. When friends refer to me for “consultation” on the missing links, I still explain to them patiently and effortlessly. I guess that’s what happens when you liked something too much that you have read it four times. You explain things as if they just transpired last night. Haha.
N.B. I thought it would be difficult to finish this post as I tried to gather my mood. It turned out to be a breeze. It also took me out from my packed weekend for a while.
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Wow! this is a really in-depth analysis 🙂 Lol on letter D! I haven’t seen any of the movies or read the books yet… but my mom will love this. She’s a twilight fanatic! 😀
i’m not too keen about the movies…i think i slept through the second one. he he!
I like this post, very thorough =) Still about to watch the movie. Am here in Manila, will check the theaters later. If it’s not showing anymore, will look for the DVD.
you remind me of myself 20 years ago.:p
i got hooked on Anne Rice and i wanted to be a vampire! i entertained my young nephews with vampire stories that one also got hooked and wanted to join me as a vampire. LOL
i attempted to watch Eclipse but the lines were really long. If this was 20 years ago, i would probably fall in line and sit on the floor of the theater.:p
at least i get to read it here… i only watched twilight and after that lost interest in the series. i still have two tickets for eclipse and i doubt if ill still be able to use it. at least the facts from this posts will do for me this time.
hehhe cool one. actually i also like this movie. and i wonder too how the last book will be depicted though they already said that it will be split into two parts. would you believe that i have to go to the mall to buy the tickets early in the morning (mall opening hrs) and the lines were already long. To top that i was in a hurry to go home as i have to watch P-Noys inaguration.
kahit hindi ka na addicted, wala pa rin kupas ang knowledge mo sa Twilight! Nakakaaliw, wIth matching reference citations pa! 🙂
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Istorbohin ko po muna kayo =)
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Haha, I haven’t watched Eclipse yet but reading your post made me missed them, esp Jacob. I love that line. Too bad, that line wasn’t included in the movie. Anyway, Jacob is still my personal sun, errr Bella’s. 🙂
I can relate with your addiction – but not towards Twilight Saga. Although I find this series very fascinating. And I love the love triangle part. I suckered my husband into watching Eclipse on the big screen. We don’t normally watch chick flix on the big screen because we are penny pinching. But I got him to promise me to watch one of them on the big screen. I thought this was the last of the series so he agreed. Thruout the movie I kept glancing at him and he’s just shaking his head the whole time. Poor guy.
He can’t handle the fact that Bella COULD love two guys at the same time. I had to tell him, it’s possible and probable honey. NOT that I knew that by experience.
I better get the books. I like how the storytelling was done. I browsed thru the first book in Walmart while waiting for my husband one day and I loved it. I almost took it to the check out counter 😀
BTW, Robert Pattinson has another movie, REMEMBER ME, that I did a semi review in http://www.pangtest.blogspot.com
hahaha. with matching reference citation talaga. memorize mo pa rin ata ang 4 books ah. hehehe
aha! meron na akong idea kung ano meron sa breaking down. hindi ko pa sya nababasa pero ngayong napanood ko na ang eclipse eh sisimulan ko na rin itong basahin.