4. Training — “Eclipse”
It’s hard to decide what’s better – the actual fight in Eclipse or the training for it; but when the thrill of a good pounding is set aside, it’s hard to deny the scene provides a priceless look into the dynamics of the Cullen family’s relationships.
The scene starts with Emmettt flying through the air (courtesy of one kindly southern gentleman, aka Jasper). “Again,” Emmettt growls, getting up.
One of the few moments where the comradery between Alice and Bella, which is so strong in the novels, is visible here. They share a smile.
Jasper leads the training, speaking in paragraphs – a rarity, which is a shame given his charm.
“Never go for the obvious kill,” Jasper explains to the wolves and his family. “They’ll be expecting that and You. Will. Lose,” he enunciates each word. “Don’t hold back,” Jasper tells Emmettt.
“Not in my nature,” Emmettt responds, ah classic confident Emmettt.
The stunts begin. “Never lose focus,” Jasper says calmly as he easily takes bearish Emmettt down.
The scene also has the best Edward/Carlisle moment in the movies. The pair’s deep and familiar father/son relationship is obvious as they laugh and wrestle.
“One more thing,” Jasper says after Edward takes Carlisle down. Carlisle tackles Edward. “Never turn your back on your enemy.”
Finally, we have a glimpse of the beautiful relationship between Jasper and Alice. In a romantic fight scene full of smiles and fond looks, the couple earns their place in our hearts. It’s a playful moment with Alice outwitting Jasper and them sharing a brief kiss.
3. Bella and Jacob Kiss, a second time –“Eclipse”
Okay, Team Edward look away, cover your ears. Team Jacob start dancing. Bella admits she loves Jacob – Finally!
It’s the moment Team Jacob fans rejoiced. Edward and Bella are talking before the battle and Edward, knowing Jacob is listening, mentions their engagement.
Jacob cries out in pain, and Bella chases after him. The pair fights, and Bella asks him to kiss her. That kiss is far more meaningful than Bella wants it to be. She realizes that she is in love with Jacob and that she could have had a normal, happy life with him.
The kiss is passionate yet restrained, satisfying yet disappointing. As the kiss ends and Jacob leaves, Bella’s heart is breaking and so are the audience’s. The realization hits that that single all too brief kiss is all Jacob and Bella will ever have together, and unfortunately for Jacob it’s not enough.
As Edward observes to Bella, “You love him.”
“But I love you more,” Bella explains.
2. Bella and Jacob Sleep Together “Eclipse”
It’s funny, it’s infuriating, it’s heartbreaking and it’s just plain adorable. The Eclipse tent scene is amazing.
In preparation for the war against the newborn vampire army, Bella, Edward and Jacob set up camp in the mountains to keep Bella safe. The temperatures drop suddenly, and Bella is left shivering like crazy.
Jacob, whose body temperature is hotter than average, decides to get in the sleeping bag with Bella to keep her warm. “Forget it,” Edward says.
“She may need her toes someday,” Jacob responds. “And let’s face it, I am hotter than you.” One of the best lines in the series. Edward grabs Jacob’s shoulder.
“Get your hand off me,” Jacob growls. “Keep your hands off her,” Edward snaps. And we see something not often witnessed in the Twilight universe – Edward without his cool composure.
Edward watches, close to tears, as Jacob climbs in Bella’s sleeping bag; and despite the knowledge that Bella loves Edward, it’s hard not to sigh in content as Bella relaxes into Jacob. She loves Jacob. It’s obvious to everyone except her in this scene.
“Can you at least attempt to control your thoughts,” Edward says through gritted teeth sometime later.
“I really get under that ice cold skin of your don’t I?” Jacob cleverly quips back.
And we see a connection, a kinship between Edward and Jacob for perhaps the first time.
“Would you try to kill me?” Jacob asks. Edward grins. “That’s an intriguing idea, but no. I couldn’t hurt her like that.”
“When you thought she was gone, that you lost her, how did you cope?” Jacob asks, bringing tears to viewer’s eyes as they witness the anguish Jacob is going through and remember the torment Edward and Bella experienced during their separation in New Moon.
“There are no words, but I wouldn’t wish it on anyone Jacob. This might sound odd, but I’m glad you’re here.”
“Meaning as much as I’d love to kill you, I’m glad she’s warm.”
Edward laughs softly. “If we weren’t natural enemies, and you weren’t planning on stealing my reason for existing I might actually like you,” Edward admits.
“Well if you weren’t planning on sucking the life out of the girl I love, I might…” Jacob shakes his head on a short laugh. “No not even then.” Edward grins, and a supposedly sleeping Bella shows a slight smile.
1. “I promise to love you every moment of forever” — “Eclipse”
We can’t forget the most predictable and yet wonderful part of the Edward/Bella love story – Bella says yes!
Following an awkward, and hilarious, conversation with Charlie about her virginity Bella goes to the Cullen’s house to seduce Edward.
It’s embarrassingly cute as Bella tries to trick him into promising to sleep with her.
“Not ones that will risk killing you,” Edward argues as Bella insists he promised her every human experience.
“Try, just try,” she begs him. “I’ll go to some ridiculously expensive college and let you buy me a car. I’ll marry you – just try.” Now isn’t this scene a reversal of sexes.
The kiss is sweet but quickly turns passionate. Who could watch it and not get dragged into the Edward/Bella relationship!
“Stop trying to take your clothes off,” Edward murmurs.
“You want to do that part?” Bella asks confused.
Ah, comic relief. “Not tonight.” And of course insecure Bella takes it wrong, “You…you don’t, that’s fine.”
“Believe me I want to.” See Edward’s just like any other man at his core, and he earns a round of giggles here at the seriousness on his face.
Edward describes how he would have courted Bella had he met her before he was turned into a vampire; and even though at first Bella is only saying yes to marrying Edward in order to get what she wants – into his pants, we see a transformation in her. As Edward explains how they would have gone on chaperoned walks and stolen a kiss here and there, Bella’s expression changes. She starts to want the marriage, to make Edward happy and to be with him in a way she never considered – as Mrs. Edward Cullen.
The emotion on Edward’s face as he gets down on one knee is overwhelming. “Isabella Swan, I promise to love you every moment of forever. Would you do me the extraordinary honor of marrying me?”
Edward and Bella’s relationship ends on a happy note in this Twilight number one movie moment.