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
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.
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New Moon, dir. Chris Weitz. Variety. N.p., 18 Nov. 2009. Web. 27 Apr. 2011.
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.
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