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The Twilight Saga: New Moon

The second movie in the Twilight series released in 2009.

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New Moon with Old Tricks

  • Nov 20, 2009
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If you've read the books, there's no spoiler here....

Before entering the theater, I definitely paused at the table selling Team Edward and Team Jacob T-shirts. It caused a moment of self-reflection: Which team AM I? Team Edward or Team Jacob? The cold vampiric Edward Cullen or the warm werewolf Jacob? Which group of teen girls would I "Woo hoo!" with when my leading man came on screen? It's the question that engages the female audience who knows both men are vying for heroine Bella's slightly warped affection.

What was my decision? Team Edward until Jacob takes his shirt off.

There's never really any doubt about which team Bella is on, but she also seems to appreciate a shirtless Jacob. In almost every scene he bares his chest, her attention is focused on his pecs and his -- oh my, is that an eight-pack?! I kept waiting for Jacob to have a line like "Bella, eyes up here please."

The Review:

What makes this movie work are the same things that made "Twilight" work: a hot leading man in Robert Pattinson, pretty scenes in the woods, a heaping spoonful of fantasy, teen drama and, of course, the chemistry between the characters Edward and Bella.

The movie is a drama, but I recommend seeing it in a theater if you want to enjoy a little comedy. Unintentionally, the movie has become an involuntary audience participation film. My friend and I were giggling quite a bit, even when the characters on screen were absolutely stoic, because of the reactions of other movie-goers. When there's a kiss on the verge interrupted, someone WILL make an exasperated noise. When Edward walks in slow motion across a parking lot, the uncontrollable cheering calls attention to the very absurdity of it.

Even though I remember feeling teen angst and despair, which this movie is full of, I thought the film was downright fun!

The Volturi vampire ruling class are a welcome addition to the film. Dakota Fanning? Really? I hate to admit, I liked her in her vampire role. And the pack of Quilete (sorry about the spelling) men provide a playfulness that the film really needs.

There's an awful lot of snarling. It could be a bit scary for younger audiences.

The film moves quickly, so if you take a popcorn break, you may miss an important plot point. Of course, using the word "important" in regard to New Moon seems a bit unwarranted.

I don't want to give too many spoilers, but here are a list of things that don't happen in New Moon:
-- Bella smiles.
-- Mike Newton gets a break.
-- Anyone wears a helmet on a motorcycle.
-- Edward keeps his promise.
-- Jacob keeps his promise.
-- And, perhaps most notable for a vampire movie, a vampire is seen sucking someone's blood
Me and Edward Cullen New Moon with Old Tricks

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November 20, 2009
Awesome! Perhaps this will be the movie to champion the V.E.T.H. movement among vampires (Vampires for the Ethical Treatment of Humans).
December 01, 2009
you are just so funny, man! I like that!
November 20, 2009
Woohoo, the very first New Moon review on Lunch!  ...So does that mean you bought both shirts? :P  Glad to see your high rating despite all the hype around it, and awesome list of things that don't happen in New Moon.  Thanks for sharing! :)
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Quick Tip by . July 20, 2010
the best movie thus far in the saga...but i think if they do it right the breaking dawn duo could probably change my opinion on that!
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The second movie in Stephenie Meyer's vampire saga finds Bella shortly after her 18th birthday, Edward and his family leave the town of Forks, Washington in an attempt to save Bella from the dangers of "their world". Depressed and heartbroken, Bella meanders aimlessly through her senior year. However, when she's in danger, the image of Edward comes to her. Through her deepening desire to be with him, she puts herself in greater danger and takes more risks.

A childhood friend, Jacob helps her build a motorbike to carry her on her travels and suddenly her once cold heart starts to warm with the budding relationship with Jacob, a member of a secret tribe with a supernatural secret all his own.

When Bella comes face to face with her arch nemesis, a group of supernatural wolves come to her rescue and it becomes clear that she is still in grave danger. She finds out Jacob's tribe's secret and the real reason Edward left. She ends up in a potentially deadly reunion with Edward which was far from what she had expected.

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Director: Chris Weitz
DVD Release Date: March 20, 2010
Runtime: 130 minutes
Studio: Summit Entertainment
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