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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

June 29, 2010 at 12:02 PM

“Eclipse” dawns, or something

“They’re all out of Jacob ones,” a young woman was overheard to say at the “Eclipse” preview screening last night, returning empty-handed from what I can only presume to be the free T-shirt table. (No, I did not get a free T-shirt. They don’t make any that say “Team Oh, Whatever.”) Among the crowd I spotted a few Cullen T-shirts, some ladies with red contact lenses (one of whom moaned aloud, very loudly, whenever Taylor Lautner appeared shirtless, which is to say, quite often), a little kid with a Robert Pattinson haircut (it looked quite cute on him), some scary cardboard cutouts of the “Twilight” trio, and a lot of security people busily confiscating people’s cellphones. (Should you ever get a pass to an advance screening of a Very Major Hollywood Movie, do yourself a favor and leave the cell at home or in the car.)
Just finished my review, which will be online soon, but here are a few additional observations on the film:
— I still think it would work better as a ten-minute short.
— My editor, the lovely and talented Lynn Jacobson, accompanied me to the screening and observed afterwards, over drinks (our waitress, it turned out, was a “Twilight” fan), that really the only moment of genuine though fleeting sexual chemistry in the film happens in that tent, between Edward and (gasp!) Jacob. Bella sleeps through it. Hmm. Can’t say I disagree.
— I’ve noted in my review that the vampire-and-werewolf battle feels a lot like the rumble in “West Side Story.” Actually there are several parallels to my favorite movie musical (except for the inconvenient fact that nobody sings). Don’t the vamps and the wolves feel kind of like the Jets and the Sharks? Bella, like Maria, is drawn to somebody who isn’t “one of her own kind.” And, in the movie, evil vampire Riley says “Something’s coming,” in a very movie-musical-cue kind of way, and I thought he’d start crooning, “Something good . . .”
— Vampires, in this world, always have better hair than everybody else; maybe it’s all the extra protein. It’s worth noting that Bella, in her final scene, is suddenly sporting extra volume and billowy waves. Foreshadowing? Or an overzealous hair department?
— Best reminder in the dialogue (which is, alas, not quite as unintentionally funny as last time) that these are, first and foremost, teenagers: Bella, upon learning that the evil vampire Victoria (whose hair is, in a word, awesome) is back in town and intent on slaughtering her and her loved ones without delay, sees Jacob and is immediately distracted by a much more important matter: “Why haven’t you called me back?”

Edward (Robert Pattinson) and Bella (Kristen Stewart), nicely coordinating with the wildflowers. (Photo credit: Kimberley French, courtesy of Summit Entertainment.)

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