Is it really that hard to please a hoard of teenage girls? It’s really not – cute boys and a little drama will go a long way. Keeping their attention, on the other hand, may be a bit more difficult; just ask Zac Efron. Efron was the talk of the town and poised to be the next Leonardo Di Caprio then Robert Pattinson and his messy yet perfect hair came along and Zac was yesterday’s news. The question, of course, is whether or not Pattinson is going to suffer the same flash in the pan fate and take the Twilight Saga with him. This has to make Summit, the production company responsible for Twilight, a little nervous.
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse is slated for release on June 30, so when news broke that Pattinson and his rumored girlfriend, Kristen Stewart, were headed back to Vancouver with the rest of the Twilight gang for reshoots in April, Twilight fans everywhere for nervous. We’ve been hearing for months that the third installment in this mega popular franchise was going to be much darker under the direction of David Slade. Was it too dark?
The truth is, reshoots are fairly common, even this late in the game. That doesn’t mean Eclipse is going to be much darker than the two predecessors in the series though. David Slade, known most perhaps for the extremely dark 30 Days of Night, has said he wanted to bring darkness to the series, and let’s face it – the movies need it.
Until this point, the movie adaptations of the Twilight Saga have really been lacking a lot of the punch the books packed. Each movie has gotten progressively further away from the books that launched the whole Twilight phenomenon. Stephanie Meyer’s books combined love, fantasy, action and drama flawlessly and wove an entertaining and engrossing story. The movies have really lacked a lot of the dramatic tension that make the books so endearing.
Eclipse needs to up the tension and stick more closely to the book. It needs to have more than Taylor Lautner shirtless, Kristen Stewart biting her lip and looking pensive and Robert Pattinson being pretty. New Moon strayed so far from the book it was supposedly based on it was hard to recognize the similarities. New Moon, for real fans of the book, was a huge disappointment. I still bought the DVD and watched it more times than I care to admit, but I was truly hoping for more. I know I wasn’t alone in that.
I have faith in David Slade. I don’t think he will pander to the teen girls but I think he will give them enough Robert Pattinson and enough shirtless Taylor Lautner to keep them happy. And I’ll be honest, I’m almost thirty years old and one of my favorite parts of the Twilight movies is certainly looking at Mr. Pattinson. That said. I am almost thirty and am fully aware there needs to be more to a movie than cute boys. Hopefully Slade has realized this and given the movie something to keep everyone happy so Eclipse can be a better movie than New Moon.