The Twilight Saga: Eclipse - Extended Edition
I am quite firmly placed in the Team Edward category, but Eclipse the film nearly pushed me over to Team Jacob!
Edward is portrayed as a sullen, possessive a-hole with passive-aggressive (and often just plain aggressive) tendencies toward everyone including Bella. For sure, Edward has his issues in the book as well, but it's like they handpicked the worst of him for the movie and left the rest. It doesn't help that there's little chemistry between Edward and Bella - most of the time they just seem to be irritated by each other's presence. The line about them circling each other like satellites seems almost sarcastic because there's no evidence of this in their actions. Based on this you'd expect them to be breaking up instead of getting married.
Jacob doesn't get a fair treatment either. The acting performance is fine but the storyline involving him is severely handicapped. The kiss between him and Bella is nothing but awkward and doesn't begin to depict the supposed inner conflict that arises in Bella's mind. Also, when Bella leaves Jacob's bedside after telling him of her choice, the whole process of her having an emotional breakdown and purging her feelings for Jacob (which I thought was incredibly central to the story) is simply not there. Poof, gone. Why was this movie even made?
After watching the deleted scenes I could not understand why they had been cut. Particularly the bit where Edward tells Bella he understands if she's mad that he tooled with her car and that she should keep the window shut if she doesn't want him there. This is exactly the stuff that would've made Edward-of-the-movie more likeable, showing his tender and considerate side. And they cut it!
Others have commented on the excessive sunshine in the movie, I needn't repeat it here. Let's just say that I knew something was awry when even my husband (who dislikes the Twilight franchise) said "Aren't they supposed to sparkle?".
The hair (both wigs and simply styling) is bad enough to attract attention to itself, which is the worst thing that could happen. Speaking of hair - whatever happened to Edward's "smooth, marble-like chest"? The actor's excessively hairy arms and tufts of chest hair pushing out of his neckline kind of shatter the illusion. Minor, but again something that stuck out that shouldn't have.
Overall, I think the aesthetics of the film are not very successful. The morbidly fascinating hair aside, none of the characters actually look very nice at all. This is most startlingly obvious with Edward who is supposed to be dazzlingly gorgeous. Instead, he's sometimes just painful to look at, quite contrary to the first two movies. There are occasional moments, like the fight scene in the snow, that are beautiful. The rest just doesn't cut it.
The ONLY thing that was better in the movie opposed to the book was Edward's proposal speech. We are shown glimpses of Jasper and Rosalie's pasts but Edward's has never been touched much. I thought it was a nice addition.
This could have been a very good movie, but it's painfully obvious that both Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson have lost interest by now and the director didn't seem to care much either. It doesn't bode well for the Breaking Dawn movies, but I hope I'm wrong.