Could 'Twilight: Eclipse' shine at the Razzies?
The first two films in "The Twilight Saga" didn't win with the Razzies, but what about the third? Although "Twilight: Eclipse" has earned the best reviews of the three -- scoring 58 at Metacritic -- it has not escaped the notice of these kudos dedicated to celebrating the worst in film.
As the first post on the Razzies forum about "Twilight: Eclipse" notes: "How the three mopey/dopey stars of this franchise have managed to make it to their third movie without 'winning' a single Razzie yet is a mystery for the ages. But maybe this latest twitter-pated entry, sure to send 11-15 year-old girls into further twitching spasms of pre-pubescent pleasure, will finally do the trick."
In 2008, "Twilight" rated an utterly average 56 at Meta Critic. Although several critics were quite impressed with this first installment, none were dismayed and the movie escaped the wrath of the Razzies. However, "Twilight: New Moon" found fewer fans among the critics last year, meriting a mere 44 at Meta Critic. That score was weighed down with pans from the likes of Roger Ebert (Chicago Sun-Times) who thought the sequel "takes the tepid achievement of 'Twilight' guts it, and leaves it for undead."
Such slams caused the Razzie to pay attention and "New Moon" contended in four categories. However, it was "Land of the Lost" that found itself the winner of the worst remake, rip-off or sequel award while Melissa Rosenberg's screenplay was bested by the team who adapted "Transformers" into a movie. The love triangle at the heart of the film -- Taylor Lautner, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart -- lost worst screen couple to "All About Steve" mismatched pair Sandra Bullock and Bradley Cooper while Pattinson was edged out for worst supporting actor to Billy Ray Cyrus for the "Hannah Montana" movie.
However, there is hope for all three this time around says the Razzies moderator: "With 'Remember Me' to his (dis)credit for 2010, Robert Pattinson as the world's suckiest albino vampire is all but assured a worst actor nod. But since progressively showing more muscle ton is his only 'character development,' Taylor Lautner can't be rule out either. And as the simpiest, wimpiest female protagonist on screen today, Kristen Stewart may be Megan Fox's only serious competition for worst actress of 2010."
Photo: Taylor Lautner, left, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson in "Twilight: Eclipse." Credit: Summit.