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Was The Hair And Makeup In “Eclipse” Distracting?

It would be inaccurate to call me a Twihard. But I guess I could be defined as a Twisoft. Meaning, I’ve never read the books, but thanks to a sister who LOVES the franchise, I have been to the opening-night midnight screenings of both “New Moon” and, on Tuesday night (Wednesday morning?), “Eclipse.” I do have to say that the movie was good—and it better be, as the midnight screening alone brought in $30 million. But while I was watching the movie unfold, I was probably the only person in the theater who had no idea what was going to happen, and I kept fixating on two things. First, “Twilight” fans bring some bizarre foods to the movies. The teenagers in front of me were chowing down on crackers and Cheese Wiz from a can. Another person across the theater appeared to have a pineapple.

Second, I couldn’t help but notice that IMAX is very unforgiving. So much of “Eclipse” is close-up shots, meaning that Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner and the rest of the cast had their faces magnified to the point where they were two stories tall. And, uh, it didn’t do such great things for them. Kristen’s hair was so obviously a wig and it was driving me nuts. Really, would it be so hard to give that thing a part? Then it wouldn’t be so glaring. Ditto for Ashley Greene—can’t they use her real, gorgeous hair rather than that hacked-up wig? Homegirl looks like she cuts her hair herself with pinking shears.

Speaking of the Cullen clan, Edward and crew didn’t look pale; they looked like they had pan makeup congregating in the corners of their mouths. And they didn’t look like their eyes were crazy colors; you could actually see their contact lens lines.

Oh, and a continuity issue: how did Edward go on a trip to Florida in the bright sunlight without blinding everyone with his sparkly skin?

But, actually, the weirdest part for me was Taylor Lautner. He had something going on on the top of his lip. I want to say it was razor burn, but—not to be crass—it looked vaguely herpetic.

So, I’m just wondering … for folks who saw the flick in normal theaters, did this stuff jump out at you? All I can say is that IMAX must be a serious pain for hair and makeup artists.

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