I tried not to blog about this. Really. But it simply refused to be ignored. So, here I am . . .
I can’t believe they are already releasing another one of these movies! I feel as though I literally just saw the last one in theaters. New Moon (based on Book 2 of the Twilight series) was, in my opinion, one of the most unintentionally hilarious films of all time.
The cheesy 360-degree rotating camera shots to represent Bella’s months of “depression;”
the cartoonish CGI Wolfman graphics;
the obligatory topless shots of those male strippers Jacob and his wolfpack; and
the way Edward’s disembodied head would appear in the clouds, every time Bella was about to do something “bad.”
“Don’t do it, Bella!”
All of these gems made me, and the rest of the people in my theater, laugh out loud, multiple times, throughout the film. In short, I enjoyed New Moon, but probably not for the reasons that I was supposed to enjoy it . . .
So, when I heard that Summit Entertainment had released a new trailer for Eclipse, the third book in the Twilight Saga, curiosity (and my odd sense of humor) got the best of me. I simply had to watch it.
Well, color me impressed. It’s a pretty good trailer, actually. Granted, there wasn’t a lot of action in it. However, I think the producers did a nice job of establishing in a relatively short amount of time (90 seconds) the immensity and increasing urgency of Bella’s choice, and the impact it will have on the people she loves.
Let’s take a look . . .
:13 – Say what you will about the Twilight movies, but the location shots in them are absolutely breathtaking. The book and movie are both supposed to take place in the fictional town of Forks, Washington. However, the film was shot mostly in and around Portland, Oregon. Who knew Oregon was so gorgeous?
:20 – I never officially came down one way or the other on the Team Edward versus Team Jacob debate. However, I will say that Edward and Bella have an ideal height differential on their side. In case you were curious (because I was): Both Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner are in the mid to upper range of 5 feet, while Robert Pattinson is a lean 6’1”. So, if Bella ever wants to wear heels, Edward is definitely her guy . . .
(Then again, in the book, Wolf Jacob is supposed to be about 7 feet tall. So, who knows?)
:27 – I’m not quite sold on Dakota Fanning as Jane yet. Based on my interpretation of the books, the Jane character has “pretty, but creepy looking” child star written all over her (Actors that fall into this category include: Haley Joe Osment in The Sixth Sense, that girl from The Ring movies, and those twin girls in The Shining. )
“Come play with us.”
At 16, Dakota has aged out of “pretty, but creepy looking,” I’m afraid. She looks like a real teenager now!
Perhaps Movie Jane would be scarier, if she didn’t talk so darn much! Dakota sounds like she has a bit of a cold, in this scene . . .
:34 – Is it just me, or does Robert Pattinson look a tad constipated, here?
:37 thru :39 – I like that they included Bella’s parents in this trailer. By choosing to become a vampire, Bella isn’t just giving up a boy, she’s giving up her whole human life. The books often give this part of her decision short shrift.
:43 – Jacob: “You don’t have to change for me, Bella.” (A solid argument for Team Jacob.)
1:10 – Here is our first look at Bryce Dallas Howard as the new Vampire Victoria. As many of you know, Howard replaced the original Victoria, Rachel Lefevre, in the series, as a result of “scheduling conflicts.” It sounds like a bunch of hooey to me.
Personally, I think Summit probably wanted to cash in on the movie’s success and bring in a bigger name. Don’t get me wrong, I like Bryce Dallas Howard. I think she’s a talented actress. I’m just not sure she’s right for this role. She just looks too nice and sane to play this menacing, woman-on-a-rampage, character. Her hair even looks tamer than the original Victoria’s!
1:14 – Edward: “I will protect you, no matter what.”
Feminists beware. Twilight is not exactly a “girl power” series. Until the final book, Bella mostly inhabits a damsel-in-distress type role. Throught the book, the films, and this trailer, there is tons of talk about protecting Bella. This is fine, I guess. However, it would be nice, if our heroine fought back on her own, every once in a while.
1:19 – Obligatory Taylor Lautner Shirtless shot . . .
(He still looks pretty good, but slightly less buff in this trailer than in the last film. No?)
1:22 – Jacob: “I will fight for you, until your heart stops beating.”
Based on the YouTube comments for this video, the aforementioned line was a big hit with Team Jacob fans. I’ll admit that in the context of the film, and given Bella’s impending choice, the line is a moderately romantic one.
However, as a stand alone, it’s more than a little disturbing. For a second there, I thought I was watching one of those Lifetime movies. Specifically, the ones where the wife-beater / lunatic guy chases some B-list actress (Tori Spelling?) around the house with a knife and says, “If I can’t have you, NO ONE CAN!”
Eclipse hits theaters June 30, 2010. Will YOU see it?
P.S. For all you Twilight fans out there, it looks like Summit Entertainment has recently released a new trailer for Eclipse. Unlike the sort of lovey-dovey first one, this trailer focuses more on the action / horror elements of the upcoming film. Let me just say, I think it is TEN TIMES better than the first trailer! Parts of it are downright scary, and the special effects and CGI graphics seem much improved from the first and second installments of the series. And I’m not exactly a “Twihard” girl, so when I say it, I mean it.
Rather than make this post any longer than it already is, I’ll simply let the new trailer speak for itself . . .