director: Chris Weitz
writers: Melissa Rosenberg
starring: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner
genre: Fantasy | Romance
Twilight fever is at a fever pitch, audiences (mainly young girls) all over the world are going bananas for this film. Now compared to the first film, why did 'New Moon' get these huge numbers? Did it manage to be a better film than the first, did it make the franchise be respected amongst serious movie goers? The honest answer is no to all counts. 'New Moon' is a worse film than its predecessor with silly drama, mixed romances and odd plot direction that could have easily been circumvented.
Continuing from where the first film left off. Bella (Kristen Stewart) is still infatuated with Edward (Robert Pattinson) and enjoying life with their soap operish dialogue. After she gets a paper-cut on her birthday at the Vampire Cullen house, she gets attacked by one of the vampires which results as a revelation to Edward who now sees that he and his family are a danger to her.
Bella now lost emotionally without Edward, goes on a dramatic roller-coaster of emotions to get over him and finds her old friend Jacob (Taylor Lautner) with muscles now. Feeling much better with Jacob is jinxed once more as she finds out that he is of the supernatural as well being a half man, half werewolf. And from there it’s up to Bella to decide what she really wants, Jacob the werewolf or Edward the vampire and whatever consequences each choice brings with it.
As silly and bad the first film was, I was one of the few people that didn't have that much of a problem with it. It wasn't as terrible as some people made it out to be and was going into 'New Moon' with positive expectations. However, after many weird things were being heard about the film and the bad trailer was released, my expectations and of many others went the way of the dodo. The film manages to be at the same entertainment level of the first film, but with much more annoying, idiotic and awkward moments. Most of which were purposefully put in for its core audience group to crazy over.
With the second film a new director came on-board to the project and brought practically nothing new to it. The only part where anyone can see any a significant change from the first film was with the small action scenes that are of better quality and not as amateur as the first film. This time around more attention was put to including shots of Edward with his shirt open blowing in the wind and of Jacob taking his shirt off on purpose to show off his six pack. Because this is what audiences ask for these days.
But, that's not even the cherry on the cake. The major problem of this film is the treatment of Bella's character into an unstable wreck, due to Edward leaving her, She first starts seeing him everywhere and because of this does idiotic things so she can see him again. Forgetting about her friends and screaming in her sleep. Really? If the filmmakers thought that all of this would be a good message for a young teenage audience that are going to see this film, of how a woman should act to rejection, then bravo. Because it’s disgraceful, there's is no admirable characteristic to Bella with her crazy behavior and this is without even going into detail about the whole Vampire and Werewolf mythos that is dealt within the film. Because it’s here there and everywhere.
To conclude, the film manages to be worse than the first and there is possibly no good reason to see this film. It was made for young women who still haven't grown up or realized what love, commitment and passion even is and older adult crowd that are happy to fawn over young men without clothing on. Because reading romance novels is so passé these days.