The Twilight Saga: ‘New Moon’ (2009)


Well, “Breaking Dawn: Part 2″ releases at the end of the week, so I thought it would be a fantastical idea to set up a Preparation Kit to get ready for the film. I want to make it known that I have seen all four of the previous movies before, and that while I remember them being meh, I strictly remember saying “I’ve seen worse”. I have, however, only seen each film once and never reviewed a single one (this was before I reviewed everything I watched). Anyways, for those of you at home that are unaware of the order of films, it goes something like this:

The Twilight Saga:

  1. Twilight
  2. New Moon
  3. Eclipse
  4. Breaking Dawn: Part 1
  5. Breaking Dawn: Part 2

It’s time for “New Moon“. Now keep in mind that a lot of people hate this movie. Usually there is a few different theories behind why they hate it, but my personal opinion differs greatly from them. In fact, this film may be the one film in the series where my rating differs the most from most critics. I may be biased in my holding, sure, but I will defend this film solely because I liked it better than the first.

 Miss Bella Swan (Kristin Stewart) is in her senior year of high school. She and Edward (Robert Pattison) are still dating, and are doing better than ever, but she is beginning to fear old age, and her curiosity to join the world of vampires is beginning to consume her. However, her very vulnerability that Edward loves about her also scares him when he sees her continually face death, proving she will always be in danger of getting killed when she is around him and his lifestyle. So he makes a rash decision and leaves along with his family, breaking up with her for the first and only time in the series.

 After her depression sets in, she gets the idea that if she gets into danger, Edward will come and save her as he has always done, her hero and all that. She soon realizes that he will not be coming to her rescue, so she begins to hang out more with Jacob (Taylor Lautner), and begins to date him after a while. Interestingly enough, in my last review I said the first film was the last time he sported the long hair that looked like a true Native American, but he had the long hair in a good portion of this film as well. He finally gets his hair cut, gets a tattoo, and shreds his shirts when his transition into the werewolf life sets in. Before Bella finds out about the werewolves thing, she tells her father that the animal killings that started in the first film were due to wolves, not bears, kind of screwing over Jacob and his family. Woops.

 It’s elephant in the room time again here with my review of “New Moon“.  It is the thing everyone is talking about. In the first movie, it was Mr. Sparkles in the sunlight. This time around, it is more or less the lack of vampires in a vampire movie. Edward literally barely shows up in the entirety of the movie, as it primarily focuses on Bella and Jacob. That’s fine though. It allows for more character development, and more screen time for Jacob, who wasn’t in very much of the first. I don’t know, maybe I’m just getting tired of vampires in movies, maybe I’m for team Jacob, but I actually liked that they got rid of Edward for a vast majority of this film.

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 What’s up with her seeing the ghost of Edward as if he were Obi-Wan Kenobi, leading her away from the danger? I mean yeah maybe it is just her subconscious telling her what she knows Edward would say, but if felt way too physical and real than a cleverly inserted thought. Also don’t think I didn’t notice when Jacob ripped off his entire shirt just to pat a little blood off of Bella’s forehead. What about Bella’s continuous emails to Alice, even though we learn early on that email account was discontinued? Clearly, the writing still has some issues, falling from perfection, but I honestly think the story was better in this film than the first. That is where I differ from pretty much any other critic. I’m aware that people generally dislike this film sometimes referring to it as the worst out of the series, but I have to disagree. I am not so sure I would put this on the top of the list of movies in the series, but it is for darn certain not on the bottom.

 The visuals are also a lot better in this film then the previous. From the very beginning, anyone could tell that they focused more on visuals than they did before.  It is blatantly obvious if you were to watch this film soon after the first that there was more focus on visuals and even some character development they missed the first time around. Not just for Jacob, but for Edward as well.

 The acting was all-around better this time. Robert Pattison did a much better job performing as Edward, but I guess the fault would have to lie in Jacob. Not so much for his acting, but the way they oversexed his character was a bit obnoxious, just asking for a parody to be made. His acting, on the other hand, while okay, differed enormously from his performance in the first film. I won’t dog on it too much for the fact that his character now stays pretty steady for the rest of the series, and the odd-one-out becomes the first movie. It all makes sense too, he went through a personality shift in this film, personal and physical, all the way down to his muscles filling in. It did make sense.

 So maybe my opinion doesn’t match yours. You might not understand why I like it just as much as I don’t understand why you don’t. In comparison to the first, I enjoyed it so much more. No, it is no where near a masterpiece, it didn’t even crack 70% for me, but in the end, kids, that’s all there really is to it.

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