I don't understand the reason why this series keeps changing directors. All three films so far have tried on a different director, but the result is invariably the same : an inferior cinematic creation. After Catherine Hardwicke and Chris Weitz failed to work miracles on the first two movies, David Slade was brought on to deal with the wider scope of events in "Eclipse". Slade, for a change, actually has some horror in his background ("30 Days and 30 Nights", "Hard Candy") and "Eclipse" was his chance to score a big mainstream hit. While this third installment made a lot of money, it's far from being Slade's best work
Their love affair is, however, threatened by Victoria (Bryce Dallas Howard replacing Rachelle Lefevre), that pesky vampire chick that seems to be the spare villain in these stories. She's building an army of new-borns, freshly turned vampires with incredible strength in their first year of life, in order to once and for all crush the Cullens, the Quileute and, especially, Bella. So, vampires and werewolves find themselves forming an uneasy alliance in order to defeat Victoria's army.
The problem within the problem is Bella herself, who is not fully convinced of her commitment to Edward. She still has feelings for Jacob and he has such warm blood, unlike Edward, who is so cold and pale. So, should she go for the vampire, or the werewolf ? Decisions, decisions. For me, personally, it was really hard to swallow the love triangle narrative without feeling the need for a bit of sarcasm. Bella keeps swinging between Team Edward and Team Jacob, but you don't get the feeling of something even remotely dramatic. It has the emotional depth of a Hallmark Channel movie. It's amazing how the three leads manage to keep a straight face through all of the terrible dialogue, crunching their way through one clunky line after another.
It's not that this movie is more flawed than the previous two. In some cases it's not. The weak plot and characters, the bad acting, poor art direction and moody tone have become traits of the series ever since the first "Twilight". They don't get worse, they just feel like they do the more you see them. Sitting through all three movies feels more like a chore than a delight, which makes one wonder if the novels were any good to begin with and if a cinematic adaptation was really necessary ? The only real justification for the big screen franchise is that it makes money. Bill Condon ("Dreamgirls", "Gods and Monsters") has directed the fourth and fifth movies in the franchise, the first of which, "Breaking Dawn Part 1" has just been released this week-end. "Breaking Dawn Part 2" will be released on November 16, 2012. The two movies are based on the final novel in the saga. In the meantime, David Slade will be rebooting "Daredevil". At least someone's moving on to greener pastures.