Twilight: Eclipse is less than a week away but some very lucky critics have already seen it and are posting early reviews. The consensus? It's by far the best entry with the closest feel to the books yet. And there's a main reason: David Slade has put his unique stamp on the film with intense action, heartfelt romance, surprisingly good comedy, eerie atmosphere and very good acting. But I'll let them tell the story...
The Desert Sun gets the ball rolling:
"Credit goes to director David Slade, the guy who gave us the better-than-average chiller â€œ30 Days of Night.â€ He was also responsible for the film â€œHard Candyâ€ featuring a pre-â€œJunoâ€ Ellen Page as a teenager who teaches a pedophile some hard lessons.
Slade knows how to create atmosphere and tension, and he put that knowledge to good use in â€œEclipse.â€ From the tension-filled opening scene to the nail-biting finale, the movie is equal parts action, romance, drama and comedy."
IMDB Member Cheze Studio Critic weighed in:
"A few days ago, Summit Entertainment gave the cast & crew a PRE- SCREENING of the TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE. It was probably the best out of the others. The acting was great. They saved the best for this one.
In this film, the film changed into a very dark perspective... the visuals make Robert Pattinson look so HOT in different ways. The wolf pack had way more screen time. In this one, they had less talk and more ACTION. Overall, I'll give this film a 7.9/10."
Finally, Darryl Morden of Buzzine wraps it up beautifully:
"Finally a Twilight film that wonâ€™t make husbands and boyfriends squirm in their theater seats.The Twilight Saga: Eclipse is a monsters-in-action movie first and a romance second. Which is okay. Really, arenâ€™t many films and TV shows in the genre dark romances as well? Think Buffy/Angel, Moonight, Dark Shadows and more.
It helps much that this third installment is helmed by David Slade, an actual horror film director (30 Days of Night) who also gets teen-centered turmoil with tension (Hard Candy). Previous directors Catherine Hardwicke on Twilight and Chris Weitz on New Moon each had a different style â€” the former quite indie yet too self-conscious, and the latter forced to deal with an unfortunately plodding first half of a story.
Everything comes to a satisfying conclusion (not quite a happy ending for all, butâ€¦) and most plot threads are nicely sewn up. It could all end here as a trilogy, but of course thereâ€™s one more book, Breaking Dawn, and that is being divided into two films (milk that franchise) and could also be titled â€œThe Volturi Confrontation,â€ if you want a â€œhintâ€ of where things are heading. But again, Twi-hards already know whatâ€™s to come. Still, Eclipse is sure to make them happyâ€¦heck, giddy; and this time, grumbling male companions wonâ€™t be wishing they were in the theater next door watching something else."
Still haven't had enough? Here's an interview by AMC with Director David Slade that gives his viewpoint and why this installment looks like it will be the best yet... at least until Breaking Dawn gets underway...