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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" Succeeds at Being Less Cheesy Than its Predecessor...and at Being a Better Film...

  • Nov 25, 2009
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While New Moon personally isn't the best of the Twilight series of the books, its now turned out to be the better of the films that have come out thus far.  New Moon's new film direction makes it very understandable why Catherine Hardwicke got kicked out of the directors chair for the sequel.  New director Chris Weitz, who was responsible for directing The Golden Compass, gave New Moon a more serious feel while attempting to take as much cheese out of the film as possible.  While there is still plenty of cheese for any film goer wishing to bash the movie, it's nowhere near as craptastic as Twilight was.

When Bella's birthday party at the Cullen's takes a terrible turn for the worst, Edward decides to leave Forks in hope that Bella will no longer be in danger.  Crushed, Bella becomes a hermit in her own house, leaving behind her friends as she wallows in grief.  As she falls deeper and deeper into depression, with nightmares haunting her every night, she turns to her old friend Jacob Black.  Using Jacob as a possible way to see Edward again by doing something reckless, the two fix up some old dirt bikes.  But as the two grow closer, Jacob has his own secret that keeps him away from Bella.  Without anyone to help her through her pain, what extreme will Bella got to before Edward comes back for her?

While it's hard to talk about the acting in New Moon, the film did stay extremely true to the book with some added action here and there.  The scenes with Jacob and the "werewolves" were especially well done.  It was very noticeable when Jacob was in his wolf form that the CG department tried extremely hard to make the wolf exhibit a lot of Jacob's features, something that was executed very well.  Most of the scenes having to do with the wolves were actually some of the best parts of the film.  If you have yet to see the New Moon, don't be surprised when there is a collective gasp from all the women in the theater when Jacob (Taylor Lautner) takes off his shirt for the first time, my fiance did and I cracked up.

The scenes in Italy with the Volturi were also executed well, except for maybe one casting mistake.  Jamie Bower as Caius seemed so excruciatingly out of place that every time he was on the screen, it took something away from the film.  While Caius is supposed to look young, he looked too young.  Between his baby face features and his fake blond wig, anyone could have staked the kid.  Everyone else in the Volturi clan was spot on.  Michael Sheen as Aro was the best of the bunch and highly convincing followed closely by Dakota Fanning as Jane.  This was the part of the movie that seemed to be the most convincing between Bella and Edward, as it actually felt as if they really were madly in love with each other.

New Moon still has a plethora of cheesiness in it, but that's what makes going to the Twilight films so fun!  Any serious movie goer could easily walk out of one of the films just during the opening scenes, but for anyone else, including fans of the books, the movies are a good time. Obviously if you're a fan of Stephanie Meyer's Twilight Saga of books, you need to go see the movie.  If you have no interest or knowledge of the films or books, this is probably one to stay clear of.  Eclipse comes out on June 30th 2010.  New Moon gets a 4/5!

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December 01, 2009
Great review! And I couldn't agree more... Bought advanced tickets, was completely psyched up on the day we were to go see the movie and thoroughly entertained throughout. Better than the first, something for everyone (chicks AND guys alike) and just an all-around great film. Highly recommended even if you haven't read the books. I also give it a 4/5. ;-)
November 26, 2009
When it came to those books, New Moon was actually my favorite because of Jacob.  I just thought he was a far better character than Edward in the Grand Scheme of things.  I actually liked New Moon to a certain extent.  I mean, there's a lot of cheese with it and the acting isn't that great, but unlike the first film I wasn't wishing I could leave the theater or even glaning at my watch to see when the movie would be over.  I will say, however, that when it came to the whole Volturi thing I was VERY amused with that--especially with Michael Sheen and Dakota Fanning.... but I'll never be able to see the appeal of Robert Pattinson.
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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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