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The Twilight Saga, New Moon the movie: 2009

[Longhorn Review] The Twilight Saga, New Moon the movie: 2009

Material Type: All, Books — Tags: Chris Weitz, New Moon, Twilight — Posted on May 2, 2011, 3:45 pm

By: Chris Weitz

Devoted readers and fans of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga, brace yourself.
After falling in love with the handsome vampire and dreamy Edward and wishing you
were Bella, “New Moon” the movie makes you look at the book’s characters and story
line in a whole new light—a rather faint and dim one.

Directed by Chris Weitz, the
second film in the Twilight series begins on Bella’s 18th birthday in the town of
Forks, Washington. Edward Cullen--Bella’s true love--and his family throw her a
party and while opening a gift, Bella, played by Kristen Stewart, cuts her finger.
Unable to hold himself back from the taste of human blood, Edward’s brother, Jasper,
attempts to kill Bella. After Edward, played by Robert Pattinson, fends him off,
Carlisle, a doctor and father to Edward, bandages Bella’s wounds. Edward soon
reveals that he and his family must leave town without her to protect her by
preventing an incident like Jasper’s outburst from happening again.

As viewers
follow Bella throughout the following months, we watch her experience depression and
moroseness from Edward’s absence. However, when she invites Jacob Black, the
werewolf heartthrob, back into her life, Bella is lifted out of her lifeless and
emotionless state. Played by Taylor Lautner, Jacob spends hours with Bella while
fixing up her battered motorcycle. When he pulls off his shirt, Lautner exposes his
hard abs and newly formed biceps that don’t only catch Bella’s eye but any gooey,
heart-struck teenage girl’s.

If you were deeply connected to the book and Meyer’s
characters, you’ll probably find yourself detached from the film’s. As seen in the
first movie, Stewart appears yet again too tough and masculine for the frail Bella
conveyed in the novel. The only glimpse of her innocence observed in the movie was
during a scene that caused an immediate uproar of laughter that I almost needed a
tissue to wipe my eyes. When Alice has a vision that Bella will become a vampire in
the future, we see Bella frolic through the forest with Edward, both of them wearing
white, loose clothing as their vampire skin glitters in the sunlight. What exactly
was Weitz thinking when he decided to dress the couple like peasant children running
blissfully in slow motion? If he was trying to incite sheer amusement than he
definitely succeeded. The movie Bella and Edward seem nothing other than angelic and
carefree children running through the forest, a completely different portrayal than
that which was conveyed through the novel.

But the laughs do not stop there. When
Jacob comes into Bella’s house to see that she is safe from any vampires, he finds
her with Alice. They get in an argument, Jacob saying “You don’t want to make me
upset. Things could get very ugly.” Again, rather than let the audience feel for the
characters, we end up poking fun at their reactions. Lautner’s inflection and facial
expressions distract from our ability to fully connect with his character. We are
left chuckling at his rather poorly delivered comeback and are unconvinced of his
genuineness to say the least.

Fans of Meyer’s books, don’t set your standards too
high; you’ll most likely be let down. “New Moon” clearly did not shine bright. What
should have been a sentimental and heartfelt movie was rather a humorous and poorly
filmed one. Compared to the first film, Weitz did not accomplish much more than the
original director, Catherine Hardwicke, whose film failed to meet the expectations
of book lovers like myself; let’s hope that Weitz or director of the next book,
Eclipse, proves the past trend wrong.

New Moon. Dir. Chris Weitz. Perf. Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattison. Summit Entertainment, 2009. Film.

Reviewer: Catherine Sze

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The Twilight Saga: New Moon

[Longhorn Review] The Twilight Saga: New Moon

Material Type: All, Books — Tags: Bella, Chris Weitz, Edward, Jacob, New Moon, the twilight saga, Vampires — Posted on May 4, 2011, 4:28 pm

By: Chris Weitz

The Twilight Saga: New Moon Movie Review

Kyle Smith from The New York Post
believes The Twilight Saga: New Moon did not live up to its hype about being an
exciting love story plus monster action. He says, “Bad dialogue, like bad news, does
not get better with age. This movie moves like the line at the post office” (para
3). I however, completely disagree. New Moon continues with the intense romance that
captivated viewers in the first movie, along with more unveiling secrets about the
supernatural world and who belongs in it.

Before Edward leaves Bella to protect her,
ancient secrets threaten to destroy them, Bella tests fate in several suicidal
actions, and Jacob Black comes to save her, Twilight tells the story of how these
things are possible. Twilight is when Bella moves to Forks, meets Edward, discovers
his secret, falls in love with him, and tries to escape evil vampires. This all
leads to the culminating fight scene in which Edward and his family save her. If you
have not read the book, this is enough to give you the plot line of the story.

Compared to the other movies in the series, I feel like New Moon is equivalent to
Twilight, but Eclipse was the best one by far. One critic, Kirk Honeycutt from The
Hollywood Reporter feels the same. “It took three films, but "The Twilight Saga"
finally nails just the right tone in "Eclipse," a film that neatly balances the
teenage operatic passions from Stephenie Meyer's novels with the movies'
supernatural trappings” (para 1). Jordan Mintzer from Variety says, “While this
second chapter of Summit Entertainment's four-part franchise is as good as
"Twilight" and arguably a shade better, it is indisputably darker in its depiction
of the throes and woes of adolescent love, especially when one gets dumped” (para
2).

Although Mintzer has something good to say about New Moon, there are more
critics that think the complete opposite. Claudia Pulg from USA Today says, “his
sequel drags and sputters, even in scenes meant to be infused with passion” (para 1)
and “Unless it is a Ingmar Bergman film, watching an expressionless person stare out
a window or trudge around alone in the woods is simply a drag” (para 2). This is
where I have to disagree, especially if you are a person who has read all the books
like myself. Because you have read the book you know that she is depressed and you
know Edward is not in most of the movie. The scenes Pulg mentioned did not bore me
at all. I believe the reason that people disliked this movie is because they either
have not read the book to know the intensity of the story, or they are not a teenage
girl who likes to watch Jacob without a shirt.

Basically, most reviews over New Moon
that I found criticized it in that it was slow-moving, boring, uneventful, and a
complete drag. If you have read the book or you like romance combined with the
supernatural world, then I would recommend this movie. I believe it is perfectly
worth your time.

Works Cited

Honeycutt, Kirk. "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse - Film
Review." Rev. of New Moon, dir. Chris Weitz. The Hollywood Reporter. The Hollywood
Reporter, 15 Oct. 2010. Web. 27 Apr. 2011.
twilight-saga-eclipse-film-review-29767>.

Mintzer, Jordan. "New Moon." Rev. of
New Moon, dir. Chris Weitz. Variety. N.p., 18 Nov. 2009. Web. 27 Apr. 2011.
VE1117941623?refcatid=31>.

Pulg, Claudia. "Werewolves inject life into 'New Moon'
but the sequel still sputters." Rev. of New Moon, dir. Chris Weitz. USA Today. USA
Today, 11 Nov. 2009. Web. 27 Apr. 2011.
reviews/2009-11-19-twilight-new-moon_N.htm>.

Smith, Kyle. "'New Moon' Over Bite."
Rev. of New Moon, dir. Chris Weitz. The New York Post. New York Post, 22 Nov. 2009.
Web. 27 Apr. 2011. over_bite_9rWhbK6GVrdRAxGpGNoSDO>.

Reviewer: Hope Talbert

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