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New Moon is the second installment in the Twilight saga.
Assuming you have already seen/read the Twilight movie, I won't go into lengthy detail but to suffice: Bella (human) has fallen in love with Edward (vampire). The movie begins after the battle scene in Twilight.
Something happens (won't put a spoiler in!) that causes Edward to leave Forks just after Bella's 18th birthday. He tells Bella that he is leaving with his family but not her. Like the first Twilight film, we hear the story from Bella's point of view. When Edward leaves, she is devastated and promises not to do anything reckless. Bella becomes depressed as she has also lost her best friend which is Edward's sister Alice.
In this film we see more of Bella and Jacob's relationship as it blossoms without Edward in the way. We see Jacob fall for Bella. In this film we see a lot of Jacob and learn more about his character, who and what he becomes. Victoria returns intent on killing Bella. Bella begins to take risks thinking it will make Edward return but it has the opposite effect, leading to dire consequences.
There isn't as much fighting etc in this movie but plenty of angst and turmoil. It is a brilliant, gripping movie just like it's predecessor. Definitely worth watching!
New Moon was a film that was filled with anticipation, in my view it failed to reach the high standards set upon it.
Bella(the lovestruck human) and Edward(the broody vampire) are still together, yet in this film Edward decides to leave with his family and no longer hold Bella in the path of danger, this obviously destroys Bella and it is up to her old faithful friend Jacob to bring her heart back to life.
After a few months it seems despite the few hiccups Bella suffers eg jumping off a cliff, things are improving but when this certain dare devil move is seen by Alice(through her visions), Edward takes matters into his own hands under the belief that Bella is dead.
He goes to Italy to seek his end from the Volturi, Bella is found by Alice and after a heated conversation they head to Italy to save Edward from his unnecessary end.
I won't tell you the ending, I'll leave that down to anyone who wishes to have their own opinion.
While I found the book great, the film lacked any good action and was a disappointment.
-Good story line behind the acting.
-Made some boring bits, interesting.
-When I bought this film it was of reasonable price.
-Doesn't properly show the emotion that is supposed to be conveyed.
-Some 'dramatic' parts were very boring.
-Others share my opinion.
The second film in the Twilight saga.
In the first we met the main characters Edward (the teenage vampire), Bella (his destiny?) and Jacob her best friend.
After Bella was nearly killed by James, another vampire, in the first film Edward feels that staying in Forks is putting her in danger so he sees no option but to leave.
However without the love of her life Bella falls apart and it is up to Jacob to put her back together. However, he is suffering his own issues, hes no ordinary teenage boy himself!!
To add to the drama Bella discovers that if she puts herself in danger she sees an image of Edward, so finds herself something to keep living for, re-creating this image.
Having enjoyed the book I must admit I was a little unsure about how it would translate on the big screen. There were a number of issues facing the director, not least that Edward (who everyone fell in love with in Twilight) is absent for the majority of the story.
However, I must admit I was largely impressed. It worked well. In particular the scenes in Volterra where stunning and Taylor Lautner made an impressive Jacob. After being staunchly Team Edward I must admit to now being a little Team Jacob.
The Volturi were impressively creepy, particularly the excellent Michael Sheen and Edward (Robert Pattinson) was as beautiful as ever.
All in all, well
worth a watch.. and even a second and third watch
I am always wary of watching a film that I have previously read as a book, as they often do not live up to my expectations, as naturally, they cannot fit into a film every little detail that a book contains. However I feel that New moon is a fantastic reflection of the book. The plot follows Edward trying to 'save' Bella by breaking up with her and moving away, and the period afterwards in which Bella deals with the grief that she is feeling. In my opinion, the movie dealed well with this, showing effectively the passing of time and the change in character that Bella undergoes during this time. Many people find that without Edward the movies are just not the same, though I would disagree as this opens up new dimensions of the characters. Even if you are not a avid twilight saga fan I would recommend this film as a good watch.
I read all four of the books first which i absoloutely loved! I am a hopeless romantic and i wouldnt recommend these to anyone who get sick at slushy movies. the love story between edward and bella is very intense and the books kept me enthralled all the way through and i didnt out them down.
I was so excited when they decided to make the films and couldnt wait to see them, deep down i had no idea how they were going to make the films as i had the books on such a high pedestal. Some of what of in the books is not in the films but they only leave out the things that dont affect the story.
The special effects are great and they get even better in the second one (obviously when the budget gets bigger) The acting is great and it really captures the pain bella goes through when she thinks she has lost edward forever.
I thought some of the scenes are even better in the films and robert pattinson is so good as edward i couldnt think if a better actor to play him. He reminds me of a modern day james dean. very handsome and even more alluring. Kristen stewart is a great bella.
This story is based around the wolves and jocob becoming one and what he has to go through to be one. in this bella finds out he is a wolf and they get increasingly close as edward has left bella thinking it is for her protection. Jacob helps bella to feel better about edward but when bella is in danger she see's edwards mirage so she does whateer she can to stay in danger, which almost kills edward. I wont ruin it for you.
This film is a follow up romance fest and really ticked all my boxes xx
FILM ONLY REVIEW
Bella and Edward have a good relationship but it has its problems, this is due to the fact Edward is a vampire. He loves Bella and has no desire to hurt her but his feelings are getting stronger. He celebrates Bella's birthday with the rest of his family but his younger brother cannot help himself and goes for Bella.
As a result of the attack the Collins family decide it would be best if they moved away and away from Bella. Bella is distraught at the thought of loosing Edward but he believes it is for her own safety so goes. Bella is upset and hurt and keeps thinking she sees Edward when she is out and about.
Jacob is taken with Bella and hates to see her sad and as a result the pair start to spend more time together which leaves them starting to have feelings for each other. Will Edward return to Bella or will she eventually fall in love with Jacob and just what is Jacob hiding from her?
I absolutely loved the first film so was eager to watch this one and I have to say it did not let me down. The storyline was excellent and so to was the acting. I enjoyed how deeper this story seemed to be as the characters had also been introduced to us and we got a good understanding of who and what they were. The fact Edward was not so central during parts of this film was also very good as it let others come to the front and we were able to get to know them a lot better.
My favourite character in this film was Jacob, played by Taylor Lautner, he was strong and looked amazing. He showed strength and ease in the way he came across and delivered all of his lines with ease. I was pleased we got to know more about him and where he was from in this film as it gave him a lot more depth. There was a good chemistry between him and Bella and although it started out to be a little strained it did grow and I could see some lovely friendship and feelings developing. Bella, played by Kristen Stewart, was again very good in her role in this film and she showed a lot more strength and came across as stronger and less naive. She was great in how she expressed her emotions and at times I was feeling very sorry for her. She has a lovely simmering and hot partnership with Edward and this was a joy to watch as it kept me on the edge of my seat throughout.
Edward was also great in his role, he was played by Robert Pattinson. He looked good and played the part with ease. I thought he did a super job in the way he expressed his love and feelings for Bella and it was much stronger and noticeable than in the previous film. We had some very good ad strong support characters in this film and the ones which stood out for me were, Billy Burke as Charlie, Anna Kendrick as Anna and Justin Chon as Eric and Ashley Greene as Alice, they all did great jobs with their characters and made them very believable and did manage to give the storyline some depth.
The film was mainly set in Forkes, a small town and enjoyed the portrayal of the way of life there, it all seemed so much slower than the normal big cities and t was enjoyable to watch. I found the views we got over the countryside and forests around the town were amazing and they really were a pleasure to see at times. The costumes were all in keeping with the film and the place setting and they all looked good. The music was suitable but nothing special and definitely not an album I will be buying.
There were a lot of special effects in the film and they were very well produced and did fit effortlessly into the film. The effects used for the way the Vampires moved were good and realistic and I enjoyed seeing how the other animals and creatures behaved and looked due to the effects which were created for them. There were no times during the film when I noticed a badly added backdrop of poor effect and I do give a lot of credit to the team who produced these.
This is a film only review so there are no bonus features to speak about. The running time of the film is 130 minutes and I found this to be a good length with the story moving at a steady pace form start to finish. The rate is a 12A and I do agree with this due to the subject matter. The DVD can be bought for around the £7 mark and this is currently being shown on the Sky movie channels and Sky Anytime. I think it is worth paying for but all the better if you can catch it for free on the TV.
I am more than happy to give this film the full 5 stars as it was very entertaining, the acting and story was good and it continued on from the first film very well indeed. This is definitely worth a watch especially if you were a fan of the first Twilight film. Recommended by both me and hubby.
New Moon is the second film in the Twilight Saga. I have never read the book just seen the film so this is a review of the film, not the whole dvd.
I had seen the first film so knew who the characters were just about, my teenage daughter who has read the books umpteen times and seen the first two films over and over was watching with me so if I got stuck on who was who I had an expert to advise me.
I quite enjoyed this film, I thought it was better than the first one, the first one I began to lose interest about half way through but this one was good all the way through.
I liked the scenery in the woods, it really looked nice in there, not scary at all. I really liked the way they made the Vampires look like they were running fast and able to move close to people without them seeing them move. I also liked the way they did their eyes so they looked creepy with the red eyes. The were wolves were good too, I liked the way they changed from human looking into the wolves and back again, it was cleverly done, also how they made them look like when they were running along in the woods, it looked very realistic.
The music in the film was very modern and really went with the gothic feel to the film.
I liked Kristen Stweart as Bella, she came over as genuine and you could believe this weird love triangle she had got herself into during this film. Robert Pattinson was also good as Edward although I think he was harder to believe in during the film. Not having read the book, I don't know how well he portrayed the original character but in places he seemed to me to come across a bit wooden, but this might have been intentional due to him being a Vampire. My fvourite character of the film was Jacob Black played by Taylor Lautner. He seemed to make the part a very warm character who was extremely likeable.
Not having a good knowledge of the characters or the story, i did find a few bits hard to understand. I couldn't work out who Charlie was until half way through the film when I asked my daughter, kept hearing them talk about him but didn't know who he was. Also I got confused when they went to Italy as I couldn't work out how they got there when they seemed to be just driving in a car. There were a few other bits where I had to ask but I don't want to spoil the film for anyone else who has yet to see it.
All in all, I did find I enjoyed this film even though not a big Twilight fan. Not sure whether I would have enjoyed it as much if I hadn't had my daughter with me as I might not have understood it all and given up half way through, but I am looking forward to seeing the next one when it comes out.
The film is a 12 in the Uk and runs for 130 minutes.
"No! I'm not watching it! I know what happens anyway, Twilight was terrible!!....okay then, if you insist!!"
After being extremely disappointed with 'Twilight', I refused to watch the sequel. Simply because I'd read all of the books, so knew what was going to happen, and I didn't think I could handle watching Kristen Stewart dramatise everything again!
BUT!....When my younger sister brought the DVD, she managed to force me and my boyfriend to sit and watch it with her.
At the end of the first movie, Edward and Bella have decided that they are going to be together, no matter what.
New Moon follows on from the previous movie and is based around Edward and Bella's relationship.
At the start of the movie, Bella is turning 18 and the Cullen's wish to celebrate this with her. Whilst she is opening a present at their house, she gets a paper cut and Edward's 'brother', Jasper, attacks her.
After the incident, Edward finally realises that he is putting Bella in harms way by being with her, so the Cullen clan leave town.
Bella is heartbroken and finds that her only comfort is to spend time with Edward's rival, Jacob. The two spend most of their days together, building motorbikes and jumping of cliffs.
However, Jacob has a secret that he is hiding from Bella which could, again, put her in harms way and ruin their friendship.
And it seems that someone is looking for Bella, but who?
I didn't like it! I thought it was worse than the first and it seemed to be dragged out for far too long.
The basic story of Bella being heartbroken and finding comfort with Jacob was good but that's pretty much all that was good.
Again, I didn't like the acting and thought that everything was too overdramatic. But I do think Kristen Stewart plays Bella well, as this is how she is in the books.
There also seemed to be a few too many storylines going on at one time, which didn't become confusing but they could have been extended a little to explain more.
Again, I cant tell if I liked this or not. I liked the story line, and enjoyed the book, but there is something I just cant click with.
For teenage girls with a freaky vampire fetish comes the second big-screen installment of Stephanie Meyer's highly acclaimed Twilight series, once again featuring pasty Robert Pattison and wishy-washy Kristen Stewart as Edward and Bella respectively; two heart-sick lovers who want nothing more than to be together despite the fact that one of them is a cold, undead corpse!
This time around the vegetarian Cullen family (and it still bugs me that a film can feature Vampires that refuse to feast on humans, I mean that's what Vampires DO isn't it???) decide to move on because people are starting to notice that the family don't age the same way people do. That means Bella and Edward are forced apart and, with Edward refusing to turn Bella so they can be together, Bella instead turns her attentins to friend, Jacob. But Jacob has his own secrets, infected with a lyncanthropic virus that runs through his family's genes, and soon Bella finds herself once again in deep waters especially when one of the bad Vampires from the last film decides to return to the small town of Forks to pay a visit!
Once again, viewers are treated to a washed-out version of established horror lore with two-dimensional characters and a love story that really doesn't hold a lot of water! It is the beginning of the whole Team Jacob/ Team Edward story arc that continues through the rest of the series and though the action is amped up a notch, there really isn't much here to hold out for! Real horror fans, like myself, will be greatly disappointed whilst for the most part (and there are plenty of exceptions, I now know of three women who are less than thrilled by this series) their girlfriends or wives (the only reason I watched this was because mine insisted we put it on!) will be delighted!
For me, Pattison is less than impressive and Stewart is not attractive enough to hold attention! Taylor Lautner is slightly more impressive as Jacob Black but still isn't strong enough to hold this movie together on his own. The only redeeming feature is the return of bad-ass Vampire, Victoria, and am I the only one rooting for her in all this?
Although I am a newbie when it comes to the Twilight saga it didn't take long for me to become hooked. The first time I settled down to watch New Moon it didn't make much of an impact on me however I managed to overlook this opinion at its second outing.
The next installment from Stephanie Meyers twilight series is still set in Forks although things have changed in the relationship between Bella and Edward. It seems that mortal beings and vampires do have a lot of problems when mixed together, problems which worsen at Edwards departure. As Bellas mood goes into a downward spiral and Charlie is all set to send his daughter back to her Mother, Jacob Black appears on the scene to raise her spirits.
Things have a way of changing though, changes physically and mentally in Jacob, changes in the personality of Edward and Bella along with how she sees those around her. As she unknowingly surrounds herself in more danger Bella will face new and old enemies, whilst a promise is made between another set of vampires and the Cullens, one which has to be kept and not one that anyone can stop from happening.
I think Bella becomes a little too involved in the self pity mode after Edwards exit It shows how much she has isolated herself from the friends she made when she first arrived in Forks and at this point I found it very easy to not like her. In places she comes across as just using Jacob and feeding on the fact that she knows he is attracted to her. Using it at as an advantage to get what she wants. Having everyone running around after her as though she's so very important.
Jacob isn't my favourite of characters. A split personality he continually blows hot and cold with Bella at the flip of a switch. I also see him as being very self assured, sometimes this can be a good aspect in someones personality but not when it eventually turns into arrogance.
Edward and the Cullens do not appear very much in this film, a fact which might disappoint some viewers. Nevertheless this doesn't take away any of the storyline as it is largely focused on the growing friendship between Bella and Jacob.
Even though New Moon contains the same amount of action and suspense that Twilight had I still felt it was lacking in something. It had more of a storyline than the first one but for some unknown reason it didn't come close to my expectations. The graphics however are probably the best that I've witnessed in a long time from a film which is not fully animated. These CGI moments blend in well with the backgrounds and don't look too out of a place considering what it is you're watching. The appearance of the werewolves and the action scenes are ones not to miss.
This has a rating of 12 and runs for approximately 127 minutes. Aside from it not being the greatest of sequels it isn't by any means awful. I found the beginning to be a bit slow but as you get to the halfway point the momentum picks up and it has events to keep you entertained . After watching Eclipse I don' t think you need to watch this to work out what is happening. It's been made as if it's a one off watch which is helpful. The weakest of the Twilight films but I think that New Moon is my least favourite out of the books as well.
Extras include: Audio commentary, Eclipse sneak peak and extended scenes
Over the past few nights I have been getting to grips with the Twilight saga having known very little about it and seemingly avoiding it for since it became the latest movie fad to sweep the world. I thoroughly enjoyed the first movie and thought I was going to end up another one of the millions gripped by this teen-vamp-romance but after New Moon I find myself a bit more undecided.
This movie, as I expected, picks up where the last one left off and starts really slowly. In fact I was becoming increasingly bored even within the first half an hour of this and even when Edward unveils his plan to leave Bella for her own protection, the key plot point in this instalment of the movie, it still drags on. In the first hour, up until Jacobs revelation, is quite slow paced but does a good job of getting across the way Bella has been hurt and her desperation to see even a glimpse of her lover. Stewart is fantastic as usual and her subtle, understated portrayal of Meyers character is pretty much spot on.
However, my main gripe with the movie was not so much the absence of Cullen, obviously the book dictates what happens but to leave the most interesting character out of a huge chunk any film/book is always risking loosing viewers attention, but it was the on screen portrayal of the Jacob and Bella romance. For me it just did not seem believable. The first movie was driven by the fantastic writing, script, dialogue and on screen chemistry between Stewart and Cullen but part of why this movie did not hold my attention as much was the sheer lack of believability in the romance which is central to the film. The chemistry is not there, the love isn't portrayed as being very deep and it just feels wrong. It ruins the film for me as I assume in the book Jacob is supposed to be a serious love interest and a serious alternative for Bella. It does not come across this way in the movie at all if you ask me.
One bonus of keeping Cullen off screen for so long is that when he does make a return and they are reunited it makes for a great emotional moment in the film and even though the ending seems to go off hand a little it does have a certain dramatic quality and engages the viewer unlike the earlier moments of the film.
The sequel is really all about Bella whereas the first was about both she and Edward. In fact it can be seen as a character piece as essentially the film follows her through the break up process, the longing, the hankering and her "choice" whether to become like Edward or not. Its quite dark in ways and at times very unsettling but the character is just about strong enough to carry the film even though at times it does appear to drag.
And when the film reaches its now famous cliffhanger at least it ends on a gripping note which I always like in sagas.
So now it will be onto Eclipse and I must say even though the first half or so of New moon did not grip me in the way the first movie did I still find myself seeing what all the fuss was about and wishing that I had got into this film saga a long long time agao
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I have finally got myself together to write a quick review. Sorry it has taken a while and this maybe shorter than usual as this laptop does not have word! which makes it difficult to not make mistakes. Hope you enjoy this anyway!
Since Twlight first came to the screen i have become a huge fan of this series. I had not read any of the books and after seeing the first film i was anxious to watch the rest. Christmas time last year my boyfriend brought me 'The New Moon' book. I read that in three days and then i was desperate to see the film. What was most annoying was that i had missed the viewings at the cinema and had to wait until this year for the dvd to be released.
As soon as the dvd was released i went straight to tesco and brought it for only seven pound. I was so eager to see the film i claimed the tv and stuck the dvd on. My boyfriend was not that eager but didn't mind the first film.
- INFO -
Director- Chris Weitz
Chris is a well known American Director who has written, produced and directed many great films. Some of his movies have been top sellers and he has been nominated for several awards including an Oscar. Other films he has directed include- 'The Golden Compass' 2007 and 'American Pie' 1999.
Release date (UK) - 20th November 2009
Runtime- 130 Mins
- PLOT -
Following the first chapter of this vampire love story, Bella celebrates her 18th brithday and is dreading becoming older than her vampire boyfriend Edward. She finds it very difficult to cope when a sudden event which causes her to feel like she has lost everything. The story follows her as her friendship with Jacob Black grows and her relationship with Edward is always twisting and turning. Bella's dad Charlie is very worried, but helps her along her way and Bella finds out more secrets about Forks which will change her life yet again.
- CAST - (Main Characters)
Bella Swan- Kristen Stewart
Edward Cullen- Robert Pattinson
Jacob Black- Taylor Lautner
Charlie Swan- Billy Burke
Alice Cullen- Ashley Greene
- The Full Events -
I think that The New Moon was better produced, written and directed than the first film. Overall i enjoyed it much more and thought there was a lot more interesting events included. Even though i liked the first movie, The New Moon had better acting and more exciting adventure. Bella's character is really pushed to the limit in this film and i think Kristen Stewart acts with improvement. I didn't think she gave much expression in the first film, but in this she just seems to be a more interesting character in this. There are events in this film which affect Bella and it is good to see that her acting has become more mature and unique.
Her relationship with Edward is very up and down which is interesting to see. To be honest i think there is not a great connection between the two characters and Kristen and Robert do not show an amazing sexual attraction. When they are together it looks awkard which is suprising as they are a real couple now. It is good to see some down sides on the relationship as every couple do not have a 100 percent happy time. When Bella rekindles her friendship with Jacob i was pleased. I really like Jacob's character and we did not get to see a lot of him form the first film. I was very impressed with the change of Jacob's looks, he was very nice and was then asking myself why the hell Bella was not with him. I think the connection bewteen Bella and Jacob was a lot sexier than with her actual boyfriend.
The character developments are great in this film and i really enjoyed finding out more about each character and more secrets within the town. The story line is pretty good even though i think the start was a bit boring it got more interesting as it went along. There was a lot more action included in this which made it intruging to watch. The special effects were also ok in this. The best parts were in a fight scene and it made the film feel more realistic.
Overall i think that the film deserves a much higher rating than it is receiving. It is unfair that it is put down based on opinions of the first film. This is a interesting and beautiful chapter of the story. I think people should give this film a chance as it is better than the first. Fans will really like this next addition and i am really happy to wait for the next film. I am half way through the third book 'Eclispe' and will be interested to see more improvement in the next film. I rate this film a 8/10.
- DVD -
Like i mentioned before i brought the standard one disc DVD from Tesco for a cheap deal at £7. This can also be found on play.com for £9.99. My DVD did not include many features and only had clip of the next movie which was annoying. It was great value for £7 though. You can also get a two disc special edition which inlcudes many special features. This dvd includes commentaries, how parts of the film were made and clips of the new Eclispe film.
- GOOD POINTS -
*Acting has improved.
*Great Special effects.
*Sexual connection with Jacob and Bella.
*Interesting story events
*Good character developments.
- BAD POINTS -
*Some acting is not great
*Connection between Edward and Bella
*The start is slighlty boring.
Thank you for reading. Blackmagicstar4. July 2010.
Released on the 22nd March this year "New Moon" is the second instalment in the "The Twilight Saga" and is the first sequel to the earlier "Twilight" release. Available on DVD and BluRay format I bought the single disc edition for just under £10.00 on its release date, carrying a UK 12 rating and a running time of 126 minutes this is my film only review of this title.
Being a sequel I am going to assume that readers of this review are familiar with the world in which the film is set in and are aware of the characters that feature, rather than writing an epic length history and back story of what preceded this title I will jump straight in with my review of "New Moon"
The plot follows directly on from the end of Twilight and sees Bella and Edward enjoying life as a couple, Bella is still living with her father and Edward with the rest of the Cullen's. Their happy, harmonious life together is shattered one day soon after Bella's 18th birthday though when Edward announces that he has to leave the town of Forks with the rest of his family and that Bella has to remain behind without him. Devastated and angry Bella is inconsolable and spends endless weeks in the midst of a deep depression, yearning for Edward she finds it impossible to carry on and although she made a promise to Edward not to do anything reckless she cannot stand the thoughts of being without him.
During this time she grows closer to Jacob and their friendship develops into something more, they spend time together and by doing so Bella finds herself gradually returning to how she once was. Although conscious of her loss and still feeling angry towards Edward she begins to take risks and when her life is put in danger an apparition of Edward appears to her warning her to be careful. Aware that Edward is still around her Bella is torn between her growing feelings for Jacob and her lost love but when Jacob suddenly starts to ignore her and undergoes a change in personality Bella realises that there is something seriously wrong.
A startling revelation about what Jacob really is plus the return of Victoria intent on killing Bella results in Edward misunderstanding the events and taking drastic action.
Will the pair be reunited or will Edward carry out his plans to end his existence? New Moon follows on from Twilight and sets up the story for the next chapter in the saga, "Eclipse" which is due out this year...
**Not my usual choice?**
It may surprise regular readers of my film reviews to see that I am writing about something which is squarely aimed at the female teenage audience. My introduction to this series was through the first film which I had on my Lovefilm rental list, and as it was sent to me as part of my subscription I decided to go with the flow and see what the hype and fuss was all about. Surprisingly I did enjoy Twilight and as this film is the sequel to that of course I had to see what happened next.
Although vampires are at the heart of the story the film is by no means a horror, it's a love story all the way with a twist on the theme of girl meets boy, girl loses boy etc and while Twilight focussed on the pair meeting and forming a relationship, here in New Moon it's all about what happens when the girl (in this case Bella) loses her boy (Edward) There are stark differences between this film and its predecessor, the first film managed to pack in quite a few action sequences and maintain a quick pace through its running time whereas this film seemed to wallow in Bella's anguish at the loss of her boyfriend and whilst it picked up speed towards the end of the film for me it was not a patch on Twilight.
I am clearly not the target audience for this film so the extended, drawn out sequences where Bella (played by Kirsten Stewart) is sat moping on her bed wistfully staring out of her window in a depressive state bored me rigid. Stewart can pull off teenage angst perfectly well but these scenes dragged on and on and only highlighted the very little content in the middle section of the film, indeed the unlikely relationship that forms between Bella and Jacob (played by the remarkably wooden Taylor Launter) appeared to be forced and included simply to throw a spanner in the path of true love and for me was an outrageous plot contrivance. Edward is a vampire we already know, and this being the world of the supernatural of course Jacob has to be a werewolf, werewolves and vampires hate each other conveniently enough so of course Edward and Jacob don't get along. Stick Bella in the middle of a love triangle and you have the setting for what will inevitably will be the premise for the third film - this is where the plot loses it for me and while there are moments of greatness in New Moon it is simply a vehicle to set up the characters for the next instalment.
**Bring back the Vampires!**
A lot of what made the first film as good as it was is lost here, Robert Pattinson as the charismatic and pained vampire Edward only features at the beginning and end of the film and the rest of his family of vampires are included only in the opening quarter. Their absence leaves a hole in this film with the majority of the plot taken up with Bella discovering Jacobs secret, the sequences where Edward appeared to Bella warning her to be careful and to remember not to be reckless annoyed the hell out of me with him popping up looking mean and moody and full of concerned anguish, if he was that bothered about Bella he wouldn't have left her in the first place, right? So popping up now and again like miserable party-pooper just prolonged Bella's agony and gave her more reason to mope around but at least it was an opportunity to bring him back on screen for the viewers that were missing his presence.
**Gratuitous topless shots alert!..."'**
Amidst the moping and gloominess there are a few action scenes featuring the band of werewolves whose transformation from young, buff, shirtless teenage boys to ferocious animals were heavily reliant on CGI. 'An American Werewolf in London' it isn't although to be fair with the films rating I wasn't expecting it to be, however the quick change from human to wolf is very underplayed with only fleeting segments of werewolf action and simply features them running through the forest like oversized dogs, even a confrontation with Laurent from the first film is over in the blink of an eye with a heavily sanitised chase and capture moment. In the world of New Moon the vampires don't drink blood and the werewolves are handsome young chaps who like to stroll around with their magnificent torsos on show even when it is pouring down with rain and their muscles are accentuated by the dampness. Appealing for its target audience no doubt but for me was a laughable if not homo-erotic moment, indeed only topped in the shirtlessness stakes with the removal of Edwards top during the final confrontation, if you can't beat them, join them eh?
**Conclusion and Rating**
All in all then I found the film to be a letdown which only serves as setup for the third instalment, reprising their roles from the first film the actors are all competent enough with a very limited storyline which didn't exert them too much. Fans watching this for Edward Cullen are going to be disappointed as he is hardly on screen and too much time is devoted to Bella's anguish and angst-ridden moments, a decent beginning and a great ending do not make for a good film overall and this one is for diehard fans of the franchise only.
3/5 stars for me, disappointing and nowhere near as good as Twilight in my opinion. My DVD is the single disc edition with only a handful of extras (which I haven't watched) and cost £9.95, the double disc version will set you back £11.99 which would be more appealing to the more ardent fan.
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IMDB page: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1259571/ rating 4.6/10 from over 61,000 voters
For those not in the know, "New Moon" is the sequel to the critically acclaimed "Twilight". For those of you unfortunate enough to watch Twilight, I hope you're luck enough to miss New Moon. I wasn't. It was my wife's birthday at the weekend and as a result I was forced to sit and watch the vampire/werewolf debacle that is this god awful film.
I'm not often such a harsh critic of films. I generally love getting lost in a movie. But some are so unbelievably pants that I wish I could get lost somewhere else. This is one of them.
I love vampire movies. I love werewolf movies. I love movies where werewolves and vampires both appear together. I hate films that decide they can bend the myth of the two legends at their will. Suddenly vampires can walk in sunlight. Hmmmm, ok, that's not annoying. It's okay though, because they sparkle like they're covered in glitter. What? This is getting worse. I was never warned before I saw Twilight that it wasn't a vampire movie as such, but more a teenage romance god-knows-what. Perhaps that's why I was disappointed. Knowing that the second time around didn't help. New Moon is just as bad, if not worse.
The storyline is dull. Vampire decides its not good for his girlfriend if he sticks around. So he does a bunk. She's a miserable teenager for months, then finds her emotional feet by becoming closer friends with a chap who yes, falls in love with her and yes, is a werewolf (but she doesn't know). Of course she "just wants to be friends". This ends in misery.
The girl also discovers that if she's in danger, her vampire lover appears as a ghostly whisper. So she keeps putting herself in harms way in order to be with him (sort of). It's totally weak and annoying frankly. She eventually goes too far and he thinks she's dead and thus wants to top himself. Blah blah blah.
The ending is awful. You're left feeling like this film is a sequel and you will have to wait for the next film for any sort of closure. Of course, I wont see the next film as you can guess what happens.
If you've ever seen True Blood, that is what this film should have been. A good tv series. Not a series of pants films. The poor story and the destruction of the vampire legend is not my only gripe. One of the worst things about the film was the werewolves. They were quite possible the least convincing I'd ever seen. Essentially the people just quickly morphed into very, very large wolves whenever they got angry (or chose to change). Unlike every other incarnation of the fury beasts, these were not werewolves we know and love, just massive wolves. Daft and unconvincing. But I shouldn't be surprised really.
In the end, if you're a teenage girl, you'll probably enjoy this film. If you aren't avoid it at all costs.
After dissapointed with the Twilight Movie ( but still highly in love with Edward) I thought I'd watch New Moon to see if that would change my mind. This film still features Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen, the brooding and sexy vampire, Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan, the plain but charming girl and Taylor Lautner as Jacob Black, the attractive werewolf. I was happy with the new director Chris Weitz, who actually made the characters look as how I imagined. The acting was much better than Twilight and even better the special effects were very realistic.
Bella and Edward begin their relationship at a high, unfortunately, when Bella's party takes a turn for the worst, Edward leaves because he would rather see her live a long a beautiful life instead of risking it by beeing with him. Bella, crushed and devastated that her vampire has left, isolates herself. She tries to put her life back together, and she starts hanging out with Jacob Black.
I thought New Moon was very good, I obviously was upset because Edward was not there! But it was very good! I read the books last year and found that some elements of the book were not included which was disappointing but still I enjoyed watching it! I do recommend you watch this film because there is eye candy in the shape of Edward and Jacob! But if you're not a fan of romantic films maybe should stay clear!
Hope this helps :)
The second film in the blockbuster Twilight series.