Well, I told you I would. And I did. I went to see Eclipse, the latest Twilight flick. In fact, I've seen it twice now. And I wasn't the oldest person in the theatre, either time. So there, all of you Twi-hard haters.
(Incidentally, I was shocked both times at how many young kids were in the theatre. And I do mean young - I'm talking, like, ages six through eight kind of young! I felt like asking those parents to give their heads a shake. But that's a tangent for another day.)
Of the three movies in the saga thus far, my opinion is that Eclipse is not quite as good as the first one (which I thought was really well done), but that it is hugely better than the second one. Critics have rated it well, and so have most viewers, from what little I've read. I thought that the storyline stayed very true to the book, and that worked for me. The acting was still mediocre from the two leads, but I cut them some slack because, well, I just liked the movie, ok??
After I saw the movie, I came home and read some of the viewer reviews of it, and one viewer review struck my funny bone in particular. I thought you skeptics out there might relish a good laugh at my expense. This young little wee thing wrote, and I quote: "It is, like, the best movie ever. It brings out my inner self. No other movie can compare to the amazingness of this movie. 10/10." Huhhh? When I read that, my thought was probably similar to the one you're having: girl, you need to work on your inner life a bit more if Twilight is what brings it to the forefront. She also needs to work on her grammar...but maybe she'll get there when she starts, like, sixth grade.
* Thanks for the comment, Shannon. Shocking re: the kids' toy thing at Burger King - wow. I didn't watch the first movie until it had been out for over a year and enjoyed it more than I thought I would. Let me know what you think when you finally see it! R.