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The Twilight Saga: New Moon – Movie Review

The Twilight Saga: New Moon

Starring: Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Ashley Greene,
Directed by Chris Weitz

Rated: PG-13
Run Time: 130 mins
Genre: Drama/ Romance/ Action
3.5 frames out of 5

Can you hear the sequels, shrieks, screams and crying of all the teenager girls now? Are you on Team Edward or Team Jacob? If you have no idea what I’m talking about, where have you been for the past 2 years? The pop culture phenom is back with the second installment of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series, New Moon.

In the second book, for those not familiar, Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) is a ordinary teenager that lives with her dad in Forks, Washington. She attends school with her friends and is in love with the hottest boy in school, Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) who happens to be a vampire. Did I mention that he’s about 109 years old but is frozen forever at 17?

Bella is going about a identity crisis as she realizes that this is an issue that she will continue to age and Edward will be forever young. She is in a bad mood all day and later that night at the Cullen’s house, she gets an oozing, bloody paper cut opening a present. This strikes hunger in the vampire clan and chaos ensues. Edward realizes that their presences in Bella’s life is constantly putting her in danger so he pushes her away and all the vampires leave town.

Bella spirals into a severe depression and seeks comfort in dangerous, adrenaline rushing activities with her best friend Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner). Jacob harbors an ancient secret from his tribe that when there are vampires around, it activates the werewolf gene.
On one particular stunt that goes awry, brings Edward’s sister, Alice Cullen (Ashley Greene) back into Bella’s life, Bella must choose her best friend or saving the life of the vampire she loves.

Director Chris Weitz (About a Boy, The Golden Compass) did a great job of taking Stephenie Meyer’s story and translating it to the screen. Not too much changed from the book but it does drag on a bit too long and Kristen Stewart shows more depth acting depressed, which makes me think this is a comfortable role for her. This film is definately targeted towards the female demographic so the trailers where they show the wolves fighting to pull in the male demographic, not so in the actual film. There is lots of lingering, angst filled moments that would bore a guy to death, so let the ladies have their time in the theater.

Things to watch for: Taylor Lautner and the rest of the wolf clans abs… very impressive. Great CGI with the wolves and even the sparkly vampires are better.

Who should see this movie: Twilight Saga Fans, Fans of Taylor Lautner, Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, teenage girls, tweens & their moms a.k.a. Twimoms, fans of the books, vampire and werewolf lovers.

See it in the Theater or Rent it on DVD: The only thing that make it worth seeing on the big screen is the werewolves phasing and fighting.


November 19, 2009 - Posted by | entertainment news, film reviews, movie critic review, Movie Review, movies, new in theaters, now playing, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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