The first “Eclipse” trailer offers an interesting look at the direction the film is going to take. Sure, we’ve hypothesized a bit about what we thought could and should make its way into the first teaser, and we’ve got to admit that we’re a little bit let down.
Maybe it’s because we already know the story of Bella Swan and Edward Cullen inside and out that it seems a little “uh-duh” when the trailer goes into an in depth explanation of how, still, Bella needs to make a decision whether to become a vampire or not. Less emphasis is placed on the love triangle between Edward, Bella and Jacob and more on the fact that each represents a different choice.
For starters, Bella wants to turn into a vampire so she can live the rest of her eternal days with Edward. But Edward doesn’t want Bella to become a vampire because he knows the repercussions of that decision and he loves her too much to let that happen. This idea is emphasized by shots of Bella with her dad and mom and the narration over the scene saying, “After a few decades, everyone you know will be dead.”
And then there’s Jacob to the rescue, saying, “You wouldn’t have to change for me, Bella.” He even challenges Edward with, “You have to consider the idea that I might be better for her than you are.” And it’s the truth: Jacob is the smarter choice for Bella, but he’s not the one she wants.
Then toss in some shots of the Volturi commenting that Bella was supposed to be a vampire by now, and our first shot of Bryce Dallas Howard in a horrendously curly red wig — almost bad at the one used on Kristen Stewart to cover up her Joan Jett ’do. You’d think after the mishap that was Taylor Lautner’s wig in “New Moon” that Summit would have hired someone a bit better at wig-making this time around, but I guess not.
But the main problem with this trailer — the first trailer — is that it’s for the fans, not the general public. And yes while the “Twilight” fan base is enough to break records in the opening weekend of its release, it’s not enough to sustain the films to more than double that box office draw in the weeks after (yes, I am referencing “New Moon” here).
And “Eclipse” really does have the possibility of drawing in a wider audience. I have a feeling Summit is going to miss out on an opportunity to convince the rest of the film community that “The Twilight Saga” is more than just homage to the fans of the series, but they have already started out on a bad foot. Plus, even for the fans, there wasn’t enough to really go nuts over. A kiss maybe? Please? Pretty please?
Final Grade: C+
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