Our Eclipse review yesterday was overwhelmingly positive with Brittny even going as far as to call the third movie installment of the Twilight saga a "blockbuster hit." It's got steamy kisses, jealous love triangle banter, and CGI fighting werewolves, so are you really surprised? As the rest of the reviews pour in today, it seems most critics have a similar sentiment, although there are a couple notable -- and hilarious! -- exceptions.
A.O. Scott from The New York Times says this film is the best of the three primarily because of its entertaining fight scenes and passionate will-they-or-won't-they love triangle, which is reminiscent of old Hollywood. Interesting to note: He seems concerned that the Team Jacob slant of the last two films may haunt the movies' producers in the last two films (something that I've wondered about as well). And while Scott pays Kristen Stewart quite the compliment -- "[she] can carry a close-up about as well as anyone in movies today" -- he has some choice words for Mr. Taylor Lautner: "[he] still seems to have recently escaped from a high school cheerleading squad somewhere." Um. Ouch.
Peter Debruge writing for Variety echos the praise, saying that the movie "focuses on what works" -- namely, the stars (Stewart and Robert Pattinson) and the hysteria surrounding their real-life relationship. Although, Debruge is careful to point out that Jacob "gets the sexier kiss." (Yay!)
By far my favorite review? A cranky recap from Josh Larsen writing for a Chicago suburban newspaper who claims that Eclipse is as "outrageously overwrought" as the previous two. But he doesn't stop there: He refers to Edward's consistent "expression of intestinal distress" and describes Bella as a "maddeningly passive-aggressive Goth diva." Ha. I like to give Edward and Bella a hard time as much as anyone, but lighten up, dude! This is supposed to be a fun teen summer movie after all.
Are you swayed at all by these reviews? Will you be seeing Eclipse this week?