The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009) Movie Review (Twilight Movie #2)

Series: The Twilight Saga #2
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Dakota Fanning, Ashley Greene
Director: Chris Weitz
Release Date : 20 November 2009
Language: English
Length: 130 minutes

Movie Rating: PG-13
My Rating:

The Twilight Saga New Moon Movie Synopsis:

Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) is devastated when her boyfriend, vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), breaks up with her.  Heartbroken, Bella turns to her friend, werewolf Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner), for comfort.  But Edward is finding that leaving Bella behind is easier said than done.  Other vampires are curious about Bella and now she has ties to the local werewolf pack.  Thrust into an age-old conflict, Bella will find there may be a high price to pay to stay by Edward’s side.

The Twilight Series Update:

When Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) to Forks, Washington to live with her estranged father, her life changes forever.  Shortly after moving, Bella meets Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), a fellow high school student and falls head over heels in love.  But their girl-meets-boy romance takes a turn for the unexpected when Bella discovers that Edward is a vampire.  They seem powerless to resist the attraction between them despite all the reasons why their relationship should never work.

Edward continues to resist the allure of Bella’s blood while Bella struggles to see what kind of future they could have together.  What neither of them realizes is that they don’t have the luxury of time to figure out their relationship.  Other vampires want Bella’s blood, too, and Edward’s family will have to step in to try and save her life.  The first movie/book in the Twilight Saga, Twilight, ends with Bella recovering from a brutal vampire attack.

The Twilight Saga New Moon Movie Review:

So I went and saw the movie New Moon last night and, I must say, it was WAY better than I was expecting it to be. I went with a group of friends (else I would not have gone to the theater to see it at all) and we had a very good time. I am not sure how true to to the book this adaptation is as I only got halfway through Twilight before I got bored and gave up, but my friend, who is a high school teacher (and so makes an effort to keep up with all things “in” right now) assures me that it was true to the book.  She also claimed that several scenes were exactly how she pictured them. Apparently, die hard fans all over the US loved it as it had a colossal opening weekend grossing $142 million (according to Box Office Mojo) so it must have been true to the book’s feel.

I was not a huge fan of the Twilight Movie (Twilight Saga #1), but I had a fun time watching it with friends. It was definitely one of those films where it is so bad that it looks good. We basically laughed our way through the movie with comments such as, “Did he just spring a boner?” and “Is he constipated?” I thought that the actors were poorly cast in the first film adaptation so I was not particularly excited to see the second one. Maybe my low expectations made the movie seem better than it was, but I think that I enjoyed the movie for one reason: Taylor Lautner. Wow. Big difference from the dopey-eyed, long-haired little boy from the first film. This Jacob (Taylor’s role in the movie) was bigger, stronger, tougher and someone that a girl could definitely fall in love with. According to reputable sources (i.e. my friends), they really did not feel bad that Jacob was caught up in a love triangle with Bella and Edward in the book and they were rooting for Edward and Bella to get together the whole time. Taylor L.’s portrayal in the movie changed everything. Suddenly, more women are rooting for Jacob to win Bella’s heart and ditch the sullen, broody, weirdly pale Edward. Not to mention the body. Totally lickable. Good news ladies – the werewolves are shirtless for basically the whole movie! When Edward bares his chest at the end, he just cannot compare.

My second reason for watching the movie is the joy of seeing Kristen Stewart as Bella and Robert Pattinson as Edward being schooled in acting by 15-year-old Dakota Fanning who manages to overpower everyone on screen for the 5 minutes that she is in the movie. Dakota Fanning makes a scary vampire and she has those brooding, fierce looks down pat! Ashley Greene, who played Edward’s sister in the movie, was a girl who I would like to get to know better. Spunky and fun, even though she is a vampire and can see the future before it happens, she is the type of girl I would believe an Edward Cullen or Jacob Black would fall in love with.

I guess I am telling you to go see this movie. I surprisingly found myself rating The Twilight Saga: New Moon with a 4 star out of 5 star rating on Netflix (they don’t have half star ratings) because I fell in love with Jacob (Taylor Lautner) during the movie. He was able to play a 16-year-old in love with his first crush with all of the awkwardness and hope that goes along with it.  He also managed to  balance  a great responsibility to protect his tribe from the vampires in the area. I thought the special effects with the werewolf transformations and vampire powers were very well done. I also loved the soundtrack. The film has some moments of gorgeous cinematography and a decent storyline.  Unfortunately, the movie is held back by Kristen Stewart as a depressingly dull and selfish girl who I found distinctly unlovable (no clue why she has 2 such hot supernatural guys chasing after her – literally), and Robert Pattinson as a less-than-most-beautiful-man-I-have-ever-seen (as he is supposed to be according to the author), who cannot pull off a good dark, brooding look in the lead roles.  Too bad as  this movie could have been a real standout.

The Twilight Saga New Moon Movie Content:

Most of the PG-13 rating stems from the movie’s violent content.  There are several confrontations between vampires and werewolves, vampires and vampires and werewolves and werewolves.  These paranormal beings are brutal, fast and merciless.  There is a lot of blood, maiming and pain.  There are several scenes that show death and dying in very painful ways.  Many of these scenes are cut away right before the final death stroke, but these images can be disturbing for younger viewers.

There is some mild language.  There is some partial nudity.  This is mostly shirtless guys, though there are some girls that are wearing low cut tops and/or very short bottoms.

Recommended for viewers over 13.

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