So I went to the midnight showing of Eclipse last night after working for 11.5 hours and doing 4 programs at the library. I honestly didn’t know if I would even make it through the movie. Luckily, Eclipse was FREAKING AWESOME, so I had no worries about staying awake (although I did rest my eyes for a bit while we waited in the theater for three hours).
I was a little nervous about the crowd in our theater because some of the people were exceptionally annoying during the wait. There was a group of 5 Twilight Moms who literally stood in the center aisle for two hours. We were sitting in the first row of the back section, so they were right in front of us. I now know enough about all of their kids from their very loud conversation that I could buy them all Christmas presents. I finally asked them to sit down because they were being rude and they looked at me like I was an idiot. There was also an annoying girl who kept going to the bathroom and then shouting at the people behind us to tell them all how it was in there…….really?
But once the movie started, the crowd was great! We all laughed at the right times, screamed at the hottie werewolves and cheered after Bella finally said she would marry Edward (I could have done without that last one though). There was one line that Jacob says as he enters the tent where the crowd just roared with laughter and then cheered…..it was a fantastic moviegoing moment. I think Taylor Lautner has done a helluva lot for the Team Jacob movement.
Here are some of my favorite parts from the movie:
*The makeup and hair in this one is so much better than New Moon. The vampires no longer look so pasty and Edward has thankfully lost his glossy lipstick. Rosalie’s hair is fabulous compared to both previous films. Thank God they finally got that right. The only complaint I have is that Jasper’s hair is still hideous, but I guess that is to be expected.
*Charlie! Charlie! Charlie! Billy Burke is phenomenal as Bella’s dad. Everything he did and said got such a laugh. There is one conversation between him and Bella that got almost as many laughs as the previously mentioned Jacob line. I was a little upset when he was oringinally cast because he looks nothing like My Charlie (I always pictured him as kind of pot-bellied and balding) but now I know that he is perfect for this role.
*I LOVED Rosalie and Jasper’s backstories. The final shot from Rosalie’s backstory is pitch perfect!
*I thought the battle was really well done. The special effects that are used when a vampire dies are really great and there was a lot of cheering during the fighting, especially Edward vs. Victoria at the end.
*The training scene where Alice is fighting with Jasper might be my favorite scene in any of the movies. It unfolds exactly as I remember it from the book and the two of them are SOOOOOOO adorable with each other. Bravo Ashley and Jackson!
*Speaking of Jackson, I was really happy to see that he had a lot more to do as Jasper. He was really funny and he did such a great job that I completely forgot how hideous his hair was for the last half of the movie.
*Another thing that was great about this movie was all of the scenes lifted right out of the book. The other movies have stayed very close to their source material, but Eclipse seemed to have several conversations play out almost word for word from the book. I love it when screenwriters do that! And this wasn’t the cheesy “And so the lion fell in love with the lamb…” crap, I mean things like the tent scene and the very last scene of the movie. (TENT SCENE! TENT SCENE!)
*Did I mention the tent scene with Jacob and Edward is fantastic? My favorite parts of the series are when Edward and Jacob hang out with each other, and the tent scene totally lived up to my expectations.
There are a few things that disappointed me, but they were very minor. I wasn’t a huge fan of all the extra newborn stuff, but I know it was necessary to move the plot along and explain what was happening without having scene after scene of exposition. I also wanted more werewolves!!!! But it could have been a 2-hour movie of nothing but werewolves and I would want more. I could have done with a few less angsty looks between Bella and well, everybody, but I guess that is to be expected.
Anyway, the movie totally kicked ass and I WILL be seeing it again multiple times. I hope all of you Twilight fans rush out to see it and I think even some non-Twilight fans might like this one.