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on 8 January 2011
I have been putting off watching this movie for months, but I recently got sick and needed something to get my mind off my illness. I really wanted to enjoy this movie. But the same thing lost in New Moon was missing in this one. I have suspected since the last movie in the saga that the missing ingredient was the "cook" Katherine Hardwick and I'm now even more convinced that I am correct. The planets aligned when she directed that movie. The lighting, the actors, the set, the costumes, the quirky soundtrack, the make-up/hair and the performances were all brilliant. As other reviewers have written, all seemed to enjoy the whole process of making that film and the chemistry between Kristen Steward and Rob Pattison was definitely there. The kissing scene in the bedroom was one of the best first-kiss scenes ever produced. Pure brilliance. Many, many people (young and old)wanted to and put themselves in Bella's place. My reason for enjoying the first movie was that it recalled the innocence and intensity of my first love and the promise it carried. The fact that my first love looked an awful lot like Rob Pattison and was as intense as the character he portrays, made it even more fun!
But everything that MADE the Twilight movie, in my opinion, has been missing since Hardwick. Have you ever heard the saying, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it?" Well, it appears to me that the people responsible for the subsequent movies have been fixing things that should have been left alone. Why would you change a recipe that worked so well? While the last two movies have probably had much larger budgets to work with, they are to be commended for not "hollywooding" the characters and settings. However, the actors just don't appear to be into it. Stewart had to try too hard to be "Bella". I'm not even sure that some of the scenes were even shot with all the characters in one location, as a couple of scenes didn't show the main participants all together. I may be wrong, but if they were, they sure didn't act it. In Twilight I got lost in the movie. With Eclipse I just watched.
There are very few movie sequels that are at least as good as the first, and this one is no exception. I'll watch this series to the end, but only because I like to finish what I start.