Kristen Stewart: A More Mature Bella in ECLIPSE?
In The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Kristen Stewart has to deal with a lot of difficult stuff, from being the object of desire of both a loving vampire (Robert Pattinson) and a determined werewolf (Taylor Lautner), to worrying about graduation while keeping her neck unbitten and in place — as there’s a vengeful vampire (Bryce Dallas Howard) out to get her.
Stewart, as attested by her reviews for both Welcome to the Rileys and The Runaways — not to mention Adventureland — has clearly matured as an actress. Many have complained that her Bella Swan is "mopey" and "bland," but I do believe that those who have put her Bella down in the past will be surprised when they see her next in Eclipse.
At least in Hard Candy, Eclipse’s David Slade has shown himself a fantastic actors’ director. Ellen Page, in particular, received raves for her performance in that film. It’s hard to judge just by looking at the teaser trailer, but to me Stewart’s Bella sounds more mature — even if her look is the same as in previous films.
My only fear for Eclipse is that Summit may opt to keep things as they’ve been because they believe that that’s what their (target teen) audience wants. I think that could make any successful franchise go stale.
But perhaps I’m wrong, after all the Harry Potter movies continue to be as successful as ever even though they’ve generally maintained the same look and feel. Personally, I believe that a little more darkness, a little more depth, and a little more mood would enhance the next Twilight installment.
Written by Melissa Rosenberg from Stephenie Meyer’s now controversial novels, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse opens June 30. Javier Aguirresarobe provided the excellent cinematography, as can be seen in the teaser trailer.
Also in the Eclipse cast are Billy Burke, Ashley Greene, Jackson Rathbone, Nikki Reed, Kellan Lutz, Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Reaser, Peter Facinelli, Gil Birmingham, Dakota Fanning, Cameron Bright, and Catalina Sandino Moreno.
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