i saw Eclipse yesterday.
the verdict? well, i need to explain some of my thoughts in getting there…
i think i’ve hit upon that elusive element that makes one story stand out from the rest (wait for it…): “engagement”.
(no, not with a ring…)
engagement. when the story comes together, when we really like/care about/relate to the characters, when the plot really pulls at our imagination until we can’t let it go, when we’re picturing the setting every time we close our eyes, when we love the story so much that we are a PART of it in our minds—that’s engagement.
how does this relate to Eclipse? well, i just didn’t have that “engagement” with the first two movies. the biggest reason (dare I say it??) was that Stewart and Pattinson just didn’t feel believable in their roles.
they were much, much better in this movie. everything was better, and for the first time, i started feeling some of that engagement.
now, i still wouldn’t recommend this movie to anyone who isn’t a Twilight fan. if you haven’t read/don’t care for the books, you probably won’t like the movies.
BUT, if you did like the books, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed by this movie.
it was pretty good.
i may even end up seeing it again (for complicated reasons...don’t ask), and if so, i’ll see how my first impression holds up under a second viewing….