‘Eclipse’ Screened For ‘Oprah’ Audience: A Roundup Of Reviews And Reactions!

In the midst of the confusion yesterday where we tried to figure out what exactly was going on with the “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” world premiere, some very, very, very lucky “Oprah” guests we invited quietly to a little premiere of their own. Oprah taped her “Eclipse” show — set to air next May 13 — today, and to prepare her guests to ask topical questions to Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner and Dakota Fanning, she showed them an early cut of “Eclipse.”

Yes, you read that right. Some “Twilight” fans have already seen “Eclipse,” and they probably aren’t you. But Twi-hards aren’t the greedy type, and quickly took to Twitter to share their wealth of information with the world — one, in fact, exclaimed: “OH MY GOD!!!! Eclipse was absolutely AMAZING. Better then both New Moon & Twilight! Holyy crappp =O.” In between the “OME!!”s and drooling, we were able to pick out some pretty interesting information that of course we are going to share with you.

There had been some concern after the final “Eclipse” trailer premiered that this third installment in the “Twilight Saga” would sacrifice the love story for the action (apparently everyone forgot the first trailer, which showed us otherwise). The unanimous response was that the love story is definitely still there, and it is very hot and heavy. This means, yes, the leg hitch, the tent scene and Bella and Jacob’s kiss all make the final cut, and, as one Twitter user claimed, were enough to “get her turned on.” And yes, the scene where Bella punches Jacob is also included, though we never doubted that it wouldn’t be in the film.

But that doesn’t mean that the action wasn’t great either. This was an early cut of the film so some of the animation was still a bit off, but everyone seemed to think that it was the best action of the series. The fact Jasper was featured quickly but clearly in the second trailer’s fight scene tipped us off to the fact that he and Alice were going to be pretty prominent in the action sequences, but apparently they get a lot more face time throughout the entire film, and actually get a chance to really interact with each other. Unfortunately, Jackson Rathbone’s wig is supposed to be pretty bad, but Kristen’s is better since the first trailer.

Which brings us to some other exciting news: everyone loved Jasper and Rosalie’s flashbacks. We already knew that Jasper would be seen horse back in Civil War regalia, but apparently this was news to other people. As far as Rosalie’s flashback goes, we read that her entire conversation with Bella lasts about five minutes, but the actual flashback is only about two minutes. This is kind of a let-down, but if a picture is worth a thousand words we’re guessing David Slade was able to do a lot with those two minutes.

It’s been a bit of a trend that fans keep labeling the newest director in each “Twilight” film as being better than all the previous ones (sorry, Catherine Hardwicke). Unsurprisingly, there were many claims that David Slade did a great job with “Eclipse” and that he’s the best director yet, which is exactly what Chris Weitz predicted back when everyone was rallying around him after “New Moon.” This also is allegedly the funniest of all the “Twilight” films so far, so if David can top “Face Punch,” we’re going to be really impressed.

Are you counting down the days until “Eclipse” comes out? Does this calm your fears about how the film will turn out? Were you one of the lucky “Oprah”-goers to get to see the movie?