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The Twilight Saga: New Moon (DVD)
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The Twilight Saga: New Moon (DVD)
Advantages: It really does seem to appeal to a number of people
Disadvantages: I guess I just didn't get it
I had to watch this film, I had no choice as my wife, sister, sister in law and cousins all seem avowed fansof this series and I had to go to the pictures to see it.
This film is the sequel to the ultra-popular Twilight film which has become really big with teenagers and female fans. Apparently this film is fairly similar to the book and is used to build context from the first film of a young girl who loses her first love and is watched and cared for by her faithful and now buff best friend.
Twist in the tale is her love is a vampire and her admirer a Werewolve and they hate each other!!!
Basically this story follows a grumpy teenage girl Bella (Kirsten Stewart), she is bored in her small town and in the first film met a 'tortured soul' in Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) who attends her school, she loves him but after the first film he has to leave in a misguided attempt to stop other vampires coming to the town to kill her.
Whilst she considers her love for Edward and whether he has let her down or is doing this for her good, her best friend from childhood Jacob (Taylor Lautner) who we saw with long hair in the first filn. Jacob is a Native American from the Quileute reservation not far from town and it turns out that they are werewolves, who have an agreement with the vampires that they protect this town, the two sides hate each other.
Basically what happens is Bella gets close to the now buff Jacob and their relationship builds but she still pines for the absent Edward, will he return and stop this love triangle or is it too late?
Maybe I'm being harsh here, but this film has a basic Love Triangle plot, other than that there is a bit of CGI with people turning into werewolves or jumping about and a lot of moping about. I found the character Bella annoying, I couldn't understand why every guy would want her, she seemed like a fairly dull petulant teenager with a grumpy face at every opportunity, reminding me of Sadsack from the Raggy Dolls.
Edward Cullen is a bit of a comedy character too, a 'tortured soul' he spends his time walking around with moody backing music and a pale face and sullen stare, he's James Dean for the Jonas Brothers generation, about as threatening or rebellious as Walkers Crisps and slightly creepy.
The last character Jacob at least seemed slightly friendly but he spends every spare moment rushing about with his shirt off and it probably only works for his legion of fans as its point in the film was tenuous.
I think the word tenuous sums up this film, there are set pieces in Italy and other places and we watch Bella and Edward moping about endlessly, its character based rather than plot lead in my eyes as not much happened to dreary angst teen rock. I would recommend this to fans of the genre, but guys you should only watch this if your other half forces you to.
The DVD is everywhere and available in Asda for £8, extras include directors commentary, interviews with the actors and some of the aforementioned teen music videos.
I think this series really is a triumph of style over substance it appeals in its love triangle and ageless love story, but it doesn't go anywhere and the main characters are annoying rather than endearing. I did feel sad when I saw Michael Sheen appear in this film, but I guess a job is a job.
Summary: Punchable characters and a plot drawn on a post it note!