Get your Team Jacob shirts out for the second film in the Twilight series New Moon, starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner. Unfortunately, the actors reprise their roles in a film filled with interesting things that go absolutely nowhere. Stephenie Meyer‘s book isn’t that great and director Chris Weitz tried his best to get around it, but the sparkling chests and shirt tearing was just too much to bear.
Check out our review below…
- Director: Chris Weitz
- Writer: Melissa Rosenberg (screenplay) Stephenie Meyer (book)
- Actors: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Michael Sheen, Ashley Greene, Anna Kendrick, Dakota Fanning and a LOT more.
When Edward’s family tries to eat Bella, he decides the only thing to do is leave her in the most abstract and painful way. Due to her meth like addiction to Edward, her whole world is flipped upside down and she turns to Jacob to fill the void and help her satisfy her need for an adrenaline rush. As Bella spends more time with Jake, she learns that there are more than just vampires in town, but werewolves, and they HATE vampires. She then depends on all the men around her for protection, who literally go at each other’s throats to win her love.
- Taylor Lautner: Exploited? Yes. Bad Actor? No. In fact, despite being forced to take off his shirt like he was in an “I Can’t Believe It’s not Butter” ad, he did a surprisingly good job at winning me over. The rumors are true, not only has he grown physically for the role but dramatically.
- Michael Sheen: Finally a solid actor who comes up with an original take on a character. It was like a breath of fresh air for the whole 60 seconds he was on screen.
- The Illusions: I liked the idea of making Edward an apparition instead of just a thought in her head. Books need to be adapted when brought to the screen, and with a bit of creative license the visions worked.
- Kristen Stewart’s Stress Level: I can’t blame this on Stewart because this is what people want from her, but why does every little thing stress her out SO much? After a while you get immune to the over the top reactions and can’t believe any of her responses. Why should I feel bad for her when Edward decides to leave? Apparently, everything else in her life stresses her out just as much.
- Foreshadowing: The foreshadowing is so heavy handed that you’ll know where the story is headed before the credits start to roll.
- Music: This goes with the foreshadowing, since the music’s so over the top and over dramatic, you never have a moment to think or reflect on what’s happening in the film.
- Dakota Fanning: Her character is supposed to be the most dangerous vampire around, so why is her first line “They sent me to get you”? After that she only has two more lines and at no point do we see how powerful she is. Why is she there again?
- Volturi: You have the best actors in the film, best sets, and the most interesting characters, why not give them more than 5 minutes of screen time in a movie that’s over 2 hours long?
- The Make-Up: From the drawn on abs, to the badly painted white faces and the horrible contact lenses, you’d think that with a bigger budget they’d be able to solve these problems, but nope!
- What Just Happened?: The worst part about this film is that nothing actually happens. It feels like one long, cliff-hanger episode. It’s just boring and needs to be cut down by a good 40 minutes, and then maybe it will be entertaining.
Nothing ever happens! I was waiting for something, anything, but it was just a series of events, one right after the other with no greater purpose. It was just a means to get to another movie, New Moon in no way stands alone. This movie was a major disappointment.
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