4 Reasons Why 'Eclipse' Lives Up to the Hype

With its steamy scenes and vicious villains, the third Twilight film provides a treat for Twi-Hards

With each Twilight film, the hype and fan excitement continues to grow. And even though critics -- and even a few Twi-Hards -- were disappointed with last year's New Moon, the franchise is about to redeem itself.

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse has been pegged as the best movie so far, and we have to agree. Full disclosure? It's still not going to please critics. And you won't see it nominated for an Oscar anytime soon. (An MTV Movie Award? Well, that's another story!) But as far as Twilight fans are concerned, it's bound to be a crowd pleaser.

Anyone who's read Stephenie Meyer's books or enjoyed Twilight or New Moon -- even a little -- will be entertained by this guilty pleasure addition. Read on for the reasons why it won us over:

It's actually scary.
Twi-Hards are often depicted as screaming tweens who use Robert Pattinson posters as wallpaper. But even for an adult, this film was at times pretty frightening. Right off the bat, I was captivated by the opening scene when Riley Biers (Xavier Samuel) gets attacked in Seattle and turned into a vampire. The film showed its dark side, and with the help of new special effects it had some seriously chilling moments.

It's intentionally funny.
New Moon garnered a few laughs, though I somehow got the feeling most people were laughing at the movie and its seriously cheesy moments. But this time around the creators seem to be in on the joke. They realize the franchise has exploded into this huge -- somewhat silly -- phenomenon, and they're not afraid to poke fun at themselves. The gratuitous, slow-motion shots of Jacob Black's (Taylor Lautner) abs are drawn out in a comical way. And they drive home the joke when Edward Cullen (Pattinson) asks, "Geez, doesn't that guy ever wear a shirt?" (Luckily for female fans, the answer is no!) And when Charlie Swan (Billy Burke) attempts to have a sex talk with his daughter Bella (Kristen Stewart), you can't help but laugh at the realistic awkwardness of the conversation.

It has intriguing flashback scenes.
A new layer to the plot is added with all the flashbacks and storytelling. It's fun to see the characters at different points in their lives, and viewers finally get to see what Cullen members Jasper (Jackson Rathbone) and Rosalie (Nikki Reed) looked like in their human forms -- without all that white makeup!

It's ultra-steamy.
Okay, so it's not exactly True Blood, but it's about as hot as you can get for a love triangle of teenagers -- none of whom are actually having sex. When Bella and Edward find themselves alone in the Cullen house she tries to take their relationship to the next level. And even though Edward resists, opting to wait to consummate their relationship until marriage, the sexual tension is undeniably hot. And when Bella and Jake lock lips before the battle, it turns into a hair-pulling, waist-grabbing makeout session.

Twilight haters may argue that the films are over-the-top and corny, but Eclipse certainly serve its purpose: Giving viewers a fun and easy break from reality -- with just enough shirtless eye candy to last us until Breaking Dawn.

Do you think Eclipse will be the best Twilight movie yet? Chime in below!

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