New Moon is ladies’ preference from start to end. All I’m saying is, men, beware!
New Moon, the second instalment in the Twilight saga begins with the lovely Bella celebrating her birthday which ends in a debacle that forces the sooooper-hot Edward to leaver her….for her own safety, of course. Eventually, the trauma and heartbreak transforms Bella into an adrenaline junkie who does some really stupid things which only someone in a movie could get away with. Her salvation arrives in the form of stud-muffin Jacob Black who later becomes a werewolf. They bond, he falls in love, she needs him, but only as her best friend. Will she give into Jacob’s love or manage to get Edward back in her life is what the story is all about with of course other minor parallel storylines involved.
New Moon also had something Twilight didn’t. LIGHTS! This one is so much brighter; it makes it easy for the viewer to not get depressed with the perpetual wet state of Forks. The music is to the dot, perfect and enhances every new emotion the movie journeys. Lastly, the angst quotient of this film although intolerably high had little respite in other characters who managed to provide some breathers to an otherwise depressed viewer.
As usual, a movie will never live up to the book it was based on. The story was edited so much that it did seem rushed. It would have to the reader of its novels, one of which I am. Kristen, for me, did not manage to manifest the Bella I read onscreen. Her acting was forced and it looked like she tried too hard to be Bella. Robert, similarly, is forced in his portrayal of Edward who is supposed to be this demi-god, chivalrous smooth operator which unfortunately doesn’t come through. Taylor is adorable and in some instances manages to depict the anger, jealousy and helplessness that Jacob feels. Through the whole movie we never see the Edward and Bella have a single good moment. They’re always anticipating some tragedy or, well, something does happen. Hence they do not convince the viewer of their ‘love’.
Oh, yeah, and Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner managed to look drop dead gorgeous even in their worst states and, yes, stirred enough heat to cook something!
Watch out for the transformation of the humans into werewolves. [email protected]@!