It took enthusiasm to make it to the midnight showing. But once there I was awash in hormones testosterony women’s hormones from little women dressed for a campus soiree in high school, accompanied by mother women guarding their chicks(midnight showing of twilight, any man watching it is …strange..you know? 🙂 ) but nothing would stop the little darlings from having a good time. not even a bella that’s too old to play kristen stewart. not even . as a twitterverse bard put it “twilight is like a soccer game.noone gets any action, they run around chasing one another for two hours and a billion fans insist you just don’t get it”
But the points were made . All of them. the hagiography of the klan of male vampires that would do no harm from their seattle home. the iconization of rain and green grown like moss on an english cottage. Bella’s celibateness(she can’t FUCK but why doesn’t he pleasure her? or is she too saintly to masturbate?) celebrated as teachable virtue to the oversexed american (pre) teen..if Bella can do it so can you..and a “boys will be Boys” celebration of violence that legitimizes in one breath football, drug gangs, highschool race cliques and moll-ness of the trophy girlfriend. Twilight is the new grease.
After the second episode New Moon, it was difficult for me not to take the franchise seriously. Something came together in that film that brought together the sensitive 19 year old in Kristen stewart and my inner sensitive 19 year old in a way I got longing. Something about there not being rob Pattinson in the film drew me into bella’s loneliness like one would be attracted to a newly broken up girl at your work. and the film started and ended perfectly with a classical indian love poetry grammar to it. Lovers are together they separate from circumstances, they long (and long and long) and reunite in the end to great emotional requiting of love(marry me Bella! and the crowd goes wild!!).
So what could eclipse do to top new moon? nothing it turns out, Eclipse is the meaningless sequel just as much as Twilight was the set up. Dakota fanning looks like a classic southern child woman, Bella looks way too old and while there is smouldering chemistry between taylor lautner and stewart(mostly because the man looks like a porn star tarzan all pumped up for action,in every scene) the vampires that made the movie just dont want to let the girls get used to the idea of wolf-human sex.
Vampires need the blood more, it seems.
In summary, watch Eclipse if you like to look at enthusiastic girls of a certain age dressed in their friday mall best. If youre serious about romance , rent New Moon.