Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Movie Review for The Twilight Saga: New Moon - Rated PG-13
The Twilight Saga: New Moon, from Summit Entertainment, was released in theatres on November 20, 2009 and was directed by Chris Weitz. New Moon, the second in the series written by Stephanie Meyer and adapted to screenplay by Melissa Rosenburg, stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Michael Sheen, Dakota Fanning and a plethora of other up-and-coming stars.
When a birthday party for Bella (played by Stewart) goes horribly wrong, Edward (played by Pattinson), begins to believe that there is no place for Bella in his vampire world. Edward and the rest of the Cullen family then disappear from Forks, Washington and from Bella's life. Months pass as Bella sinks into a deep depression and longs for her lost love. Through a chance meeting with some local 'bad boys', Bella receives a rush of adrenaline from the dangerous situation, but also a surprise; a spectral image of Edward. Believing that placing herself in danger is her only means of seeing the man she loves, Bella sets out to live life on the edge.
Jacob Black (played by Lautner) and Bella become best friends as he helps her to forget the pain of her loss, but when Jacob begins to exhibit some unusual traits, Bella pushes to find out the truth about her friend and discovers that maybe ALL monsters are real.
Edward, believing Bella dead, goes to The Volturi, rulers of the vampire world and asks to be exterminated but is refused. He then sets out to expose himself in an effort to force the Volturi to end his existence without his beloved Bella. Alice (played by Ashley Greene) and Bella embark on a race against time to save not only Edward, but the entire Cullen family. As Edward, Bella, and Alice are forced to face the Volturi, Aro (played by Sheen) gets a glimpse into Bella's uniqueness and a different turn of events are set into motion.
I must confess to being a big fan of the Stephanie Meyer series and I watched this movie as unbiasedly as possible. The wolf transformations in New Moon are, for lack of a better word, FANTASTIC! The fight scenes that pit vampire-on-vampire are literally mesmerizing and I even held back a tear at more than one point in the movie. Though the movie soundtrack felt lackluster and dull, the introduction of the new characters made up for the musical short comings. If you are a fan of the series you will love New Moon, as it is in good keeping with the book. But if you have never read the series, I recommend that you wait and enjoy the film adaptations first and then read the books. I am giving The Twilight Saga: New Moon a 4-spider rating based on the incredible special effects, the nail biting fight scenes, the intensity of the character emotion and definitely on the promise of things to come.