The love triangle~ Did the movie make you feel differently?
Absolutely NOT!! This was actually a HUGE concern for me going in to the film. Summit and MR did a great job coming out of NM setting Jacob up in much more of a tragic hero role; the dependable loving friend who just wants Bella to live and who's willing to do what he has to to save her. All the teasers and scenes that we got going into the premiere did nothing to allay my fear. Mostly, it was the way the scenes were cut and presented. The post-assault-kiss confrontation is the perfect example. In the book, Jacob is completely cocky about it, totally remorseless and underhanded. But, the brief glimpse we get from that trailer was of Jacob looking like he might actually regret his actions. The full scene in the movie played out much better (thank gods).
In the novels, in my opinion, Jacob just can't accept Bella's choice. He is manipulative and underhanded and totally remorseless about pushing and pushing and pushing with Bella. While I didn't see that as strongly as I would have liked to in the film (the missing emotional torture scene might have added it), it was definitely there. I've never seen Jacob's motives as ALL about saving Bella, but more about her choosing him over Edward. And that came through really well.
Even the more open and emotional portrayal of Edward really contributes to playing out the triangle well. Even though we see a more human Edward, more open to his feelings and reactions, it never goes to far. We always know that his first and primary concern is Bella's happiness and safety. Yes, he's threatened by Jacob and he doesn't want to lose Bella. But, Rob's portrayal of Edward's emotional journey is such that you never lose sight of his primary focus. Despite giving in to his 17-year-old emotions, his much more mature head will always keep him focused.
What I actually liked about the love triangle in the film was how Kristen/Bella handled things. In the novel, she comes off as totally callous about Edward's feelings, not only seeming not to even realize that she might be hurting him, but even denying him even the right to feel threatened or hurt. In the film, it is presented much better. Kristen's portrayal of Bella communicates a sense of inevitability. Every interaction with Jacob is infused with a feeling of, "this isn't even a question, so why are we even talking about it." And, with Edward, in stead of not allowing him to feel threatened, it's more a sense of. "we'll be together, but please give me my chance to say goodbye". I can honestly say that I like MovieBella better than BookBella in Eclipse
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