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The Twilight Saga: New Moon

[Longhorn Review] The Twilight Saga: New Moon

Material Type: All, Books — Tags: Fantasy, Motorcycles, New Moon, Twilight, Vampires, Werewolves — Posted on May 2, 2011, 3:39 pm

By: Chris Weitz

New Moon, the second movie of the series, continues the story of a relationship
between a human girl in high school, Bella Swan, and her vampire lover, Edward
Cullen. The movie begins with Edward leaving Bella behind due to a series of events
that causes Edward to believe staying with Bella would be harmful to her. Bella goes
on to suffer from a state of depression until she begins to hang out with her friend
Jacob Black. We later find out that Jacob, a werewolf, hates vampires and vice
versa. Through a series of misunderstandings, Edward believes that Bella has killed
herself and he attempts to do the same. These events lead to Bella having to try and
save Edward before it’s too late.

The basis of New Moon follows the interactions
between Bella and Jacob since Edward leaves at the beginning of the movie and does
not return until near the end. This differs from the first movie, where the audience
focuses on the interactions between Bella and Edward. Nancy Gibbs, the author of a
review of New Moon for Time Magazine, states how “the worst thing about New Moon the
book is the best thing about New Moon the movie” (para 3), referring to the focus on
Jacob rather than Edward.

Gibbs continues to go on to give her take on Edward,
describing his appearance as “pale passion and tortured restraint [with]… eyebrows,
like muskrats determined to mate, [hunched] together in the middle of his sunken
face, [and] the few times he smiles, it looks as if it hurts” (para 3). Gibbs
contrasts Edward by describing Jacob as “warm, tawny, genial and [being] able to get
Kristen Stewart's shrink-wrapped Bella to stretch out and relax a little onscreen”
(para 4).

Gibbs has a pretty strong sense of ethos, being a writer for Time
Magazine, but it takes a blow based on her descriptions of the main characters.
These descriptions of the two love interests of the protagonist Bella are somewhat
exaggerated but justifiable based on what we see on screen. Although justifiable,
clearly Gibbs had an extreme bias towards Jacob, which makes her review less
credible to the die hard Edward fans. The Twilight series has created a “Team Jacob”
and “Team Edward” fan base, and the harsh criticism of Edward’s character does not
favor well among “Team Edward” fans.

The movie’s overall appeal targets teenage
females with the series focusing on the love between a girl and two males and her
struggle to decide who to be with. Although the producer targets females as the
primary audience of the film, this does not mean that males cannot enjoy the movie
as well. New Moon incorporates action and fight scenes and moves along at a good
pace. The movie has plenty pathos appeals on the sides of romance and action.

Gibbs, Nancy. "New Moon Review: Team Jacob Ascending." Rev. of New Moon, by Chris Weitz.
Time. N.p., 19 Nov. 2009. Web. 20 Apr. 2011. .

Reviewer: Dan An

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New Moon

[Longhorn Review] New Moon

Material Type: All, Books — Tags: New Moon, romance, Stephenie Meyer, supernatural, vampire, werewolf — Posted on May 2, 2011, 3:44 pm

By: Stephenie Meyer

New Moon, written by Stephenie Meyer, is the second book in the phenomenon that
is The Twilight Saga. The book picks up where the first book left off, Bella barely
escaping a close call with a red-eyed, aka non-vegetarian, vampire. The book begins
with an 18th birthday celebration at the Cullen’s for Bella. Jasper, the newest
addition to the family, is unable to control himself when Bella gets a paper cut and
tries to attack her. After this, Edward comes to the realization that Bella isn’t
safe when he or his family is around her. The Cullens leave Forks, causing Bella to
go into a deep depression for months after. Once she starts half-heartedly
attempting to put her life back together she realizes that doing dangerous things
make her hear Edward’s voice. This inspires her to buy and fix up two motorcycles
with Jacob, a family friend. She becomes very close with Jacob through this process.
While Bella is still stuck on Edward, Jacob begins falling for her. Everything
changes, though, when Bella decides to go “cliff diving”, aka jumping off a really
high cliff into dangerous waters. Alice, Edward’s sister who has the gift of
foresight, sees her jump off in a vision, but doesn’t realize that she made it out
alive. Edward comes to believe Bella is dead and as he later tells her, “[He] can’t
live in a world where [she did not]” (p 509). So Alice has to employ Bella’s help to
stop Edward from having himself killed by the Volturi. And in the end life changing
decisions are made.

While many will be saddened by the absence of Edward through a
large part of the novel, they will get to know Jacob and his story. Through the
process of fixing up the motorcycles that Bella brought him, a transformation in
Jacob is seen. His motorcycle represents all the transformations to come in his
life: the changes in his heart, in his body, and in his soul. The motorcycles can
also be seen as a symbol of Bella’s new taste for danger. While the motorcycles
bring Bella and Jacob together, Bella uses it as a way of also feeling closer to
Edward.

The cover art of the book and the meaning behind it is important to how the
reader will experience the story. It is a red and white tulip. Tulips are a symbol
of perfect love. Red tulips specifically symbolize true love, while white tulips
symbolize forgiveness. This is very important in that Bella and Edward’s love is of
Romeo and Juliet status, while they did not have quite the same ending. Meyer even
begins the book with an epigraph from Shakespeare’s play, “These violent delights
have violent ends, and in their triumph, die, like fire and powder, which as they
kiss, consume!” Just from the cover and this quote, there is much foreshadowing of

Meyer, Stephenie. New Moon. New York & Boston: LITTLE BROWN AND COMPANY,2007.

Reviewer: Heather Douglass

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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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