Friday is always the best day of the week, but April 23 feels a little extra special, and we have one person to thank: Oprah.
As we all now know, the Queen of Talk is a Twilighter herself, and she unveiled the “OME!”-worthy final trailer for “Eclipse.” Naturally, we’ve assembled our shot-by-shot analysis, exploring the good, the bad and the Bella. Read on, and then be sure to give us your reactions in the comments below!
Shot 1: Establishing shot of the La Push/ Forks area. Ain’t it pretty?
Shot 2: A dire-looking Jacob Black, walking toward the camera.
Shot 3: “Jacob,” Bella asks, standing next to Edward. “What are you doing here?”
Shot 4: “I’m here to warn you,” he responds.
Shot 5: A close-up of a pale-but-earnest Edward, ready to throw down with the wolf-man. “Just leave,” he says. “Now.”
Shot 6: “She has a right to know,” Jacob responds, eliciting a look of concern from Bella and a simple “What?” that will soon open an entire Pandora’s box of drama.
Shot 7: Welcome to the city! “We’ve been tracking this situation in Seattle for a while,” Edward says over a shot of the metropolis, a very different sight for a “Twilight” film.
Shot 8: A person (who appears to be Riley ) runs for his life down a dark alley and then is struck down by an unseen attacker. Edward continues to speak of “unexplained disappearances, killings” while Bella looks on in concern.
Shot 9: Have you been wondering what a David Slade-directed “Twilight” movie will look like? At this point in the trailer, our best glimpse yet begins. Ominous music plays over a dark scene as we see a burning car, bloodthirsty teens and a glimpse of apocalyptic chaos that feels like it belongs in a zombie movie or something.
Shot 10: “Somebody is creating an army,” Carlisle explains. Gee, who could that be?
Shot 11: “An army of vampires?” Bella responds.
Shot 12: We see the army of “newborns” marching into town and galvanizing their forces. They may be bloodsucking maniacs, but you have to admit: They’re very well-organized.
Shot 13: Alice warns Bella: “They’re coming here.”
Shot 14: Carlisle speaks with Jacob (isn’t it weird when two actors who’ve been in two movies together finally appear onscreen for the first time?) and says, “This is going to be an ugly fight, with lives lost.” On behalf of his Quileute brothers and sisters, Jacob responds: “We’re in.”
Shot 15: We see some hungry-looking wolves coming over a hill. “As long as we get to kill some vampires,” Jacob says to Edward with a smirk. Best line of the trailer?
Shot 16: The newborns figure out a way to get across the water and enter Forks. I’m sorry — and some might be mad at me for pointing this out — but the way this shot looks, it’s ripping off George Romero’s zombie water-crossing scene in “Land of the Dead” pretty blatantly.
Shot 17: Title Card: “From the worldwide bestseller …”
Shot 18: We see the ominous Volturi, getting ready to lay the smackdown. Judging by Dakota Fanning’s recent surprise that her brief “Eclipse” screen time even earned a glimpse in an earlier trailer, we may have now seen her entire performance. “It’s time,” they say. “Yes it is,” Dakota’s Jane responds.
Shot 19: This one’s for the boys out there: It’s action time! Shirtless romance is put on the shelf for a moment as the good vamps and bad vamps square off, wolves alongside the Cullens. Look closely, and you’ll see Alice and Jasper among the sprinting combatants, ready to take down some newborns.
Shot 20: Title card: ” … The motion picture phenomenon … ”
Shot 21: Wolves and vampires going at it, real end-of-the-world stuff, dogs and cats, living together. Title card: ” … The World Is Waiting For.”
Shot 22: We see Edward handing Bella a jewelry box and smiling. Clearly, he’s decided to take Beyoncé’s advice.
Shot 23: Jacob in his workshop, pounding his fist against a bench. Something tells me it’s not because he screwed up the frame on his soapbox car.
Shot 24: The new Victoria, Bryce Dallas Howard, sprints through the woods while bouncing from tree to tree.
Shot 25: Gratuitous no-shirt-Taylor shot! Hey, Slade is showing impressive restraint: It took him 1:14 into the trailer.
Shot 26: Victoria squares off against Edward and Bella in the snow. Looks pretty.
Shot 27: Edward topples the tree, knocking Victoria over a canyon.
Shot 28: Probably the best shot of the whole trailer, as we get a good look at those better-looking wolves that Ashley Greene clued us in on a few weeks ago. As they take down a herd of newborns, we get a nice slow-motion peek. It’s only a few seconds, but it sure does look better than the “New Moon” wolves, don’t you think?
Shot 29: Title Card: “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”
Shot 30: Title Card: “June 30th, in theaters and IMAX.” It can’t come soon enough!
What did you think of the trailer? What was your favorite shot? Let us know in the comments below!
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