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Published:July 9th, 2010 21:21 EST
From A Guy Who Watched Eclipse

From A Guy Who Watched Eclipse

By Tony Graff

Back before any of Stephenie Meyer`s Twilight series became a movie, guys everywhere were catching a lot of "I wish my guy was more like Edward" or "You should be more like Edward." Even to the point that many guys were refusing to recognize the young Cullen as a member of their gender. I had to read the series to figure out what it was that made Edward Cullen, played by Robert Pattinson in the movies, such a point of contention. 

All the information I gathered came to a climax when I watched the latest movie based on the Twilight series, Eclipse. As far as the movie itself, it was a pretty good show. The graphics were awesome, the characters Stephenie Meyer had given a personality were at the top of their game, and the story, gratefully, didn`t revolve around Bella and Edward becoming the ideal and object of women everywhere. Until about an hour and half into the movie. 

The story goes, Edward and Bella are resolving their differences about Bella`s future while a string of murders are taking place. Police can`t decide whether this is the work of a well organized gang or one really psychotic serial killer. The Cullens, the family of vampires Bella treats as a second family, believe that there is something more to this. Something that may involve vampires. 
That`s also what the wolves believe. Jacob Black, played by Taylor Hautner, is still following and loving on Bella like a lost little puppy, while she is trying to get it into his mind that she is with Edward, and will eventually become a vampire herself, making her a mortal enemy to the shape-shifting natives. 
Before things get too romantic, we are given a look at Jasper`s history, which is excellent. He`s training both the Cullen family and the wolves how to deal with newborn vampires, the most fierce and dangerous out of vampires. Bella asks how he knows, and he tells her. That part is one of the best scenes in the movie. 
Right before the wolves and vampires take on the army of newborns, Jacob professes his love, confident that Bella still has feelings for him, and Edward proposes to her. Here`s the part of the movie that had me cringing with the thought that guys everywhere now have to either compete or live up to that ideal. Bella is told not be anywhere near the fight, so Edward opts out to protect her. So does Jacob, under the guise that during the battle, he can use his telepathic connection with the other wolves to keep them up to date. Before setting out to the mountains away from that battle, Edward and Bella spend a night alone in the Cullen residence. There, instead of what everyone who hasn`t read the book would figure, they don`t sleep together. Edward goes old school and insists that marriage should come first. Bella ignorantly calls it an ancient practice, but goes along with it. Then he proposes to her, pulling out a ring. 
The collective gasps of every female in the audience could have sucked a new hole in the ozone. From there, Edward spends so much time saying every romantic thing he can think of. Jacob does the same thing, but his is scattered throughout the whole movie. This reaches an unrealistic finale when Bella is too cold to sleep, and persuades Edward to let Jacob, the one with body heat, to warm Bella up. Sound asleep, Bella doesn`t get to overhear the two mortal enemies, both by species, and by competition for Bella, having a rational conversation, both still proclaiming their undying love for her. Here`s the part where my heart went out to every guy who`s going to have to compete with that. 
This leads me to a soapbox that Twilight has thankfully made easy for me to explain. Simply put, girl fanservice is okay, guy fanservice isn`t, though the both provide the same function. Imagine a movie where there`s a girl who says and does all the right things to get a guy attracted to her. Her character is called a slut, and girls comfort one another by saying "boys will be boys" or something. A guy can`t have a poster of an attractive female in his bedroom with receiving the label that he only has one thing on his mind. However, the flip-side is completely rational, apparently. Girls can go ga-ga over a guy in the movies, and we can`t say "women, what can you do?" without being called ignorant. Girls have all the posters of the dreamy guys on their walls, and a guy would never get away with saying they only have one thing on their mind. 
Back to the movie, the scene that bore the most talent, and would get my vote as the most powerful scene, featured Jane of the Volturi, played by the lovable Dakota Fanning. She has gone from being the absolutely cute and lovable child star from the War of the Worlds, Coraline, The Secret Life of Bees, and Push into an absolutely psychotic killer. Seriously, the only time you see her smile is when she gets to witness a murder. That scene gets marked as epic. 
Overall, watching Eclipse wasn`t a bad experience, and threw out nothing that guys weren`t dealing with when Edward Cullen only existed in a book. It`s head and shoulders above Twilight, and is even more enjoyable to watch than New Moon.