The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)

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Connections: Twilight

After Bella recovers from the vampire attack that almost claimed her life, she looks to celebrate her birthday with Edward and his family. However, a minor accident during the festivities results in Bella's blood being shed, a sight that proves too intense for the Cullens, who decide to leave the town of Forks, Washington for Bella and Edward's sake. Initially heartbroken, Bella finds a form of comfort in reckless living, as well as an even-closer friendship with Jacob Black. Danger in different forms awaits. --IMDb
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Review by bluemeanie
Added: November 24, 2009
You can't spell 'SAGA' without the word 'sag'.

There's something inherently annoying about teenagers and their problems. They always seem to be much larger than they ever should be, especially when you consider these teenagers rely on their parents for basically all of their needs -- so -- really -- what does a teenager have to be anxious about? There is enough angst and teen melodrama in "New Moon" to lacquer the entire Washington Monument. It oozes from the cracks and drops down the side like hot wax. "New Moon" is what would happen if a Fallout Boy song became a film.

The film revolves around Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and her torturous love affair with vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson). In this film, however, Edward leaves her and she is thrust into the arms of the buff and always shirtless Jacob (Taylor Lautner), who also happens to be a werewolf. First a vampire. Now a werewolf. In the third one does she start dating a Mummy? So, most of "New Moon" features Bella lying on her bed releases guttural wails at the thought of living without Edward who isn't 'living' at all. Then she perks up when she realizes werewolf boys don't require shirts for any daily task. At the end we find ourselves in some ancient city as Bella fights for her life against the Voultori (including Michael Sheen and Dakota Fanning). The film ends with Edward asking Bella a very important question -- "Do you ever shut up?"

The one thing that boggles my mind is -- how in the hell a 109-year-old gorgeous vampire and a hunky Native American boy could EVER fall in love with such a winy, redundant and ultimately bland 16-year-old girl? It doesn't make any sense to me whatsoever. So what if Edward can't read her mind. That is a blessing in disguise. Director Chris Weitz tackles this material with all the energy and charisma of a tree slug. Catherine Hardwicke at least had a vision and it translated to some nice imagery and visuals. Weitz doesn't know how to tell a story, which is why the film feels an hour longer than it actually is. "Twilight" had a nice energy to it and we really kind of believed a lot of the teen angst. None of it is believable anymore.

The negatives aside, "New Moon" appeals to the base and is entertaining enough to have kept me from falling asleep. Any movie where 1/2 the cast stays shirtless throughout is a good movie for me. But I am getting sick and tired of Bella. They need to start giving her more dimension and levels or I am going to abandon the idea of even thinking about seeing the third one. Maybe a better actress would do a better job, I don't know. So, I can't really recommend this film to anyone who isn't a massive fan of the books. And, even if you are a massive fan of the books, why don't you grow the fuck up and read "Harry Potter" instead. 5/10.
Lucid Dreams #1: Lucid Dreams - added November 25, 2009 at 1:15am
I saw this and was bored to tears. Why the fuck do vampires glitter in the sunlight? It had good ideas, but other then that I would not watch this again. 4/10
AttnDefDis #2: AttnDefDis - added November 25, 2009 at 12:55pm
I have yet to see this movie because I refuse to be a part of the record breaking hysterical teenaged girl crowds. However, I did enjoy the books, the first movie and I fully intend to catch "New Moon" this weekend. That being said, I feel like you guys are judging this movie pretty harshly. I mean it's essentially a Buffy/Angel rip-off with a few new ideas brought to the table, but is overall fluff. Seriously, think of the mentality of your average Robert Pattinson obsessed 13 year old girl. That's who the movie is geared towards. As far as the directorial styles and what not, I can't really comment having not seen this movie yet, but my only expectation is to see a fluffy, entertaining movie that does justice to the book and based on what I've heard, that's what it is. I'll reserve any further comments until I've actually seen the movie.
Emma #3: Emma - added November 28, 2009 at 1:45pm
You cant compare buffy to this, buffy was good and it was very open and aware of its own campyness. I saw New Moon during a school day so very few teenagers where there. The audience was actually laughing out loud at some of the serious scences because they were so cringe worthy. I have read the books and i didnt mind them, but as a big vampire fan they definatly wernt great.(Charline Harris, Sookie Stackhouse series now know as True Blood is a hell of a lot better) I not only found myself checking my watch alot throughout the movie but also cherring on the bad guys the voultori, they were the better actors and had the better fight scenes.
AttnDefDis #4: AttnDefDis - added November 30, 2009 at 9:32am
I wasn't comparing it to the show "Buffy". I was comparing it to the Buffy/Angel dynamic of a "good" vampire falling for a human. I've now seen "New Moon" and I think both it and "Twilight" have some comedic moments where the films are not taking themselves too seriously, but like I said earlier, it's all fluff. Of course some of the lame teen angst moments and fight scenes are funny. This isn't "Underworld" or any other serious vampire/werewolf movie. It's a teen drama. If there weren't some cheesy moments, I wouldn't like it half as much. That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. They managed to have every important moment from the book covered, only it moved along at a much nicer clip than the book does. I thought it was much better than the first movie and was everything I was expecting (which wasn't all that much) and more. 9/10 easy.
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