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The Twilight Saga's Eclipse in Memphis

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The Paradiso Theater in Memphis, TN was the place to be on the evening of June 29th, 2010. Well, that is if you are a Twifan or in anyway associated with one. For each Twilight movie premiere, my daughters, myself, and a group of friends usually sit in the lobby for about three to four hours to sweat it out with other Twihards until the line starts it's slow pace of movement to the appropriate screen door. But, this premiere was a little different for us. We decided at the last minute that we were going to really make an evening of it and watch a triple feature.

We headed to the theater at about six p.m. with hopes of not having to stand in line very long. When we arrived, there was no line, but we had to sit in the second row and practically tilt our heads straight up to the ceiling in order to get a clear view of the full screen. Oh well, I guess there are worse prices to pay to get our Edward/Jacob fix. Other than the people running around the parking lot in red, hooded cloaks wearing vampire teeth, there were only your typical Twilight/Edward/Jacob clad t-shirt wearers.

So, being the Twilight maniac that I am, I sat through seven and a half hours of movies only to be arriving home at three a.m. with two thrilled tween Twihards. (Say that 5 times real fast!)

There have been mixed reviews on Eclipse, but all in all, I thought it was the best of the Twilight Saga movies yet. The acting has improved and  personally I think Kristen Stewart is under rated as an actress. Although most of the critical opinions of her acting skills are directed towards her Bella character, I have seen her in other roles that I feel she deserves much more positive credit. In her defense, she portrays Bella with exactly the same personality that Ms. Meyer has written for the character. The action scenes kept me glued to the screen and there was definitely a lot more sexual tension in this third installment.

The tent scene was as if it was taken directly from the book and was identical to the way I had pictured it in my mind. The humorous lines in the movie, though few, got the appropriate laughs and the love twiangle between Edward, Bella, and Jacob stirred up a lot of expected trash talk amongst the fans as I listened to the chatter leaving the theater.  The new Victoria, played by Bryce Dallas Howard, was good, but just didn't come across as a vicious villain the way that Rachelle Lefevre did. Alice, still my favorite Cullen, was just as bubbly and positive as always and Ashley Greene does an awesome job of portraying this character. The back stories could have been a little more in depth especially the story of the third wife as told by Billy Black. I just remember it being much longer in the book and finding that story very interesting. Jasper and Rosalie's  back stories were satisfying, but still could have been elaborated on a little more. The Volturi was still chilling and I think they are going to be great in the Breaking Dawn battle scenes. In my opinion, Eclipse was very enjoyable. I give it four out of five stars.

Eclipse happens to be my least favorite book in the series with my favorite being Breaking Dawn, so I hope the movie lives up to my expectations. In my opinion, I truly don't see how Breaking Dawn can be made with a PG rating and be as interesting as the book, so I'm curious as to what it will be rated. So, you either get it or you don't. In other words, you're either a fan of  Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Saga or your not.  If you haven't read the books, you will have a totally different opinion about the movies than those who have.

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