"Twilight Saga: New Moon": Movie Review (2009)

11/27/2009 Posted by Admin

Movie review

“The Twilight Saga: New Moon”

Directed by Chris Weitz, written by Melissa Rosenberg, 1330 minutes, rated PG-13.

By Christopher Smith


The new Christ Weitz movie, “The Twilight Saga: New Moon,” had the sold-out audience at my screening heaving and sighing so often--usually when a young man’s shirt came off, which was often--here’s a recommendation for those who haven’t seen it: Bring an oxygen tank. You’ll need it and a mask, particularly in the presence of so much heaving and sighing and busy shirtlessness.

I’m telling you, if the crowd is packed, the air will be sucked free from the room. Just saying.

This follow-up to “Twilight,” which also is based on a Stephenie Meyers’ best-selling novel, is custom-made for hormonal tween girls just as the “Star Wars” movies were made for sci-fi loving young boys.

So, let’s give it up to its creators because regardless of how drawn out and dumb this movie is, with $142 million in the bank last weekend alone, this movie knows what its audience wants--shirtless boys, chaste kisses, and a female character caught between the hotness of two hotties (a werewolf, a vampire) who apparently is willing to throw garlic cloves to the wind to give her soul to the latter.

About the young woman in question--her name is Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), she’s slumming in Forks, Washington with her single dad, Charlie (Billy Burke), and her hormones are boiling over as if lit by a satanic hellfire.

We don’t know this because Bella expresses her emotions easily--she’s nearly a mute, poor thing, parting her lips but saying as little as possible--but because when the vampire, Edward (Robert Pattinson), decides he must remove himself from her life in order to protect her from his kind, she literally writhes in pain, screams out in agony and has nightmares that suggests one hell of an epic yearning.

With Edward gone for most of the movie, there to pick up the pieces for Bella is Jacob (Taylor Lautner), her lifelong friend who wants more than a friendship with her. Together, they grow close over motorcycles, mutual sidelong glances and his bulging new muscles. But here’s the thing--turns out Jacob has a gene that allows him to morph into a werewolf.

Who knew? He didn’t. And here’s the real issue at hand. Just as with Edward, if the two take the risk of edging toward sexual intimacy, Jacob could potentially harm her if things got out of hand between them. After all, all one has to do is look at the shredded face of one of the wives of Jacob’s werewolf leaders to know how dire having sexy times with a werewolf can be. Just as it could with Edward, it might cost Bella her life, or at the very least, a disfigurement. And who wants that?

Bella does--of course, she does--though not with Jacob. She wants Edward, who appears to her in ghostly flashes during those moments when she nearly harms herself. These moments fuel her desire for him even more--he wouldn’t appear to her if he didn’t love her!--and so as the movie unfolds, she becomes more and more determined to have him back in her life so she can strip down and give him her, um, soul.

What unspools from this is another glum film about the perils of teen intimacy that still finds life hinging on abstinence and morality. While those are fine messages to send out to young audiences, the way its played here is so brooding, its nearly bloodless. That is, of course, until the film’s final moments, when real heat emerges in Italy.

Just what goes down there, we’ll leave for you, but it says a lot for the movie that the two most interesting characters come at the end--Dakota Fanning rules the screen as a dead vampire zealot with a mean stare, a tight golden bun and a hot clip, and Michael Sheen creates all kinds of chaos as the leader of all vampires. Each ooze menace to the point that you think--finally, characters who fill up a room, tear up the scenery and allow fear to creep into your heart. These two actors are so superior to the juiceless love otherwise served up in the movie, you can’t help wishing they had a movie of their own.

Grade: C-


View the trailer for "Twilight Saga: New Moon" below. Thoughts?

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18 comments:

  1. Brandon said...

    Just reading the review, this seems like the stupidest concept ever. Why are so many people into this kind of thing?

  2. Admin said...

    Eternal youth...and sex.

  3. g said...

    agree with the review, the people who said that the movie is good and send the message right they are wrong, the books are great but the movie its just another pre-teen and teen movie with a lot of guys shirtless in every moment they can, its like "lets fight, so.... ill take of my shirt" its nonsense, what people are going to miss in this new installment its the need of love between bella and edward, the need of being near each other, the passion, the idea of an impossible love between a vampire and a human, thats what youll miss, in this new one, you wont see that, you only going to see a confused girl between two guys, shirtless dude, a great performing by dakota fanning, a lame acting and the lack of love and need between the two main characters, nuff said, this movie its ok to watch but it fails to deliver the passion and excitement as the first one did.

  4. Anonymous said...

    I wish I read this review before I wasted 2 hours of my life and $25 on this movie. Taylor Lautner is great to look at, but since I'm almost old enough to be his mother I couldn't sigh out loud. Other than that, the movie was terrible and this review is great.

  5. movie makers said...

    New Moon is one of the most anticipated movie this year, they didn't let their fans down, they made a great movie... thanks to all the characters and production crew that worked hard to produce this great movie...

  6. Raine26 said...

    Admin, you forgot flawless beauty with the eternal youth...and (potential for) sex. Also, with the vamps being well into at least centuries old, they are fodder for females of any age. Realize this is Star Wars for the other half, it's about time. Just sayin'.

  7. Anonymous said...

    This is what I absolutely hate. Men automatically think that the movie is good if the girls in the movie are half naked or especially if they are topless. If men drool all over that, then why can't women drool all over seeing a guy who doesn't have a shirt on. He's not exposing any "R-Rated" parts of his body. It's guys like you who write this review that are perverted.

  8. Free online movies said...

    just watch this movie yesterday, um not what i expected, too exagerated... and sex..

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    New Moon suffers from a mild case of second-chapter syndrome; symptoms include the laborious establishing of conflicts, a general air of drift and pointlessness, and a cliffhanger ending. An unappealing formula, but oddly effective.

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  11. Max Furniture said...

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