I really LOVED this movie. I always need to see these movies twice to really let it sink in, but my first reaction is definitely positive. 'Eclipse' is my favourite book so I had really high expectations for the movie, but I wasn't let down at all. Of course there were some parts that didn't make it or that were a lot shorter, but all in all it was good.
It seemed to me to be closer to the book than the previous two. There were lines straight out of the book, which I love. What made this movie so good though, was the acting. It's improved SO much, especially when it comes to Kirsten. She was a lot less awkward and wooden. Rob was also even better than in the previous movies. He can convey so much emotion without saying anything, his face speaks a thousand words in certain scenes. Taylor does an amazing job too. I never liked the book Jacob, but Taylor makes me at least understand what Bella could see in him.
They really showed the spirit of the book in the little things - at the beginning for instance, when Bella's the one who sits up straight again and leaves the meadow. That shows that their relationship has changed because of Edward's leaving, that Bella's a little more independent. In 'Twilight', she was never the one to disentangle herself first. That's what I read into that anyway.
The whole kissing Jacob thing was kind of disappointing though. They didn't make it clear enough that Jacob was manipulating Bella, they made it seem like she just wanted to kiss him. It also went on for aaaages and she kissed back from the beginning, while in the book she was resistant at first. It also bothered me that they hardly showed Edward's reaction to it.
What I was most anxious about was the tent scene, 'cause that's my favourite scene of the entire series probably. While it wasn't perfect, it was good. They didn't say everything they did in the book, but they got the gist of it. I do think it's a shame they didn't include the part where Jacob's thinking about what Bella was like after Edward left.
It was also really funny. Jessica's speech was perfect! There were just lots of small comments that had the entire audience cracking up. The only criticism I have about this is that they shouldn't have had put a funny moment in the scene with Bella and Edward alone in the house. When Edward says something like 'Believe me, I want to', everyone was laughing and I thought that kind of ruined the moment. It's such an intimate scene, I didn't think comedy was appropiate there.
The way the newborn were killed kind of confused me though. The Cullens just stomped their heads off and they were dead, while it seems to me that the books make it out to be a lot harder than that. The fact that they were just stone inside also weirded me out. I know they're not human, but I never imagined them to be actual stones.