Director: Chris Weitz
Cast: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor
Lautner, Billy Burke, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Nikki
Reed, Ashley Greene, Jackson Rathbone, Kellan Lutz, Edi Gathegi,
RunTime: 2 hrs 10 mins
Released By: Shaw
Rating: PG (Some Violence)
Official Website: http://www.twilightthemovie.com/
of the official "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" Movie
Opening Day: 3 December 2009
The second installment of Stephenie Meyers phenomenally successful
TWILIGHT series, the romance between mortafeefl and vampire
soars to a new level as BELLA SWAN (Kristen Stewart) delves
deeper into the mysteries of the supernatural world she yearns
to become part of only to find herself in greater peril than
Following Bella's ill-fated 18th birthday party, EDWARD CULLEN
(Robert Pattinson) and his family abandon the town of Forks,
Washington, in an effort to protect her from the dangers inherent
in their world. As the heartbroken Bella sleepwalks through
her senior year of high school, numb and alone, she discovers
Edwards image comes to her whenever she puts herself in jeopardy.
Her desire to be with him at any cost leads her to take greater
and greater risks.
With the help of her childhood friend JACOB BLACK (Taylor
Lautner), Bella refurbishes an old motorbike to carry her
on her adventures. Bellas frozen heart is gradually thawed
by her budding relationship with Jacob, a member of the mysterious
Quileute tribe, who has a supernatural secret of his own.
When a chance encounter brings Bella face to face with a former
nemesis, only the intervention of a pack of supernaturally
large wolves saves her from a grisly fate, and the encounter
makes it frighteningly clear that Bella is still in grave
danger. In a race against the clock, Bella learns the secret
of the Quileutes and Edwards true motivation for leaving her.
She also faces the prospect of a potentially deadly reunion
with her beloved that is a far cry from the one she'd hoped
If "Twilight" was about courtship, then "New
Moon" is about the relationship after- and boy does it
get complicated. Gone are the days of soaring above the treetops
whispering sweet nothings, Edward Cullen and Bella Swan now
have to face the reality of their vampire-human relationship.
opening scene sets the stage for the rest of the movie perfectly.
Bella is in a beautiful open field dotted with purple violets
when she sees an old woman she thinks is her grandma a distance
away. Her hand in Edward, she approaches the old woman, only
to realize she is looking at herself- old and wrinkled, while
Edward is still young and youthful as ever.
can rest easy- just as how it opens, the movie follows the
sequence in the book very closely, faithfully or slavishly,
depending on how you look on it. Screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg
knows better than to mess with the immense fanbase that has
since made the movie easily one of the biggest, if not the
biggest, success stories of the year. (If you haven’t
already heard, "New Moon’s" opening day gross
ranks as the highest ever and its three-day weekend tally
is just shy of "The Dark Knight" and "Spiderman
one paper cut and some vampire frenzy later, Edward would
come to reason that Bella is better off without him, leaving
her all alone with just her sadness, her loneliness and one
Jacob Black, a member of a Quileute tribe of werewolves whose
age-old enemies happen to be vampires. Bella calls Jacob her
best friend, but he who would quickly rip off his shirt to
staunch Bella’s bleeding forehead after a freak motorcycle
accident naturally develops deeper feelings for Bella.
begins a love triangle among Edward, Bella and Jacob- the
raison d’etre of the whole "Team Edward" and
"Team Jacob" business. Taking over the reins from
Catherine Hardwicke, director Chris Weitz finds a creative
way of keeping Robert Pattinson (aka Edward) in the movie
despite his character’s absence. Here Edward most often
appears as a voice of caution to Bella through a waif-like
form every time she attempts something reckless.
Weitz doesn’t possess the same level of raw emotionality
that Hardwicke as a filmmaker had- so the romance between
Bella and Jacob in "New Moon" hardly comes across
as heartfelt or passionate as that between Edward and Bella
in "Twilight". Neither does Bella’s intense
pining for Edward achieve the kind of resonance one would
expect, most certainly to leave the uninitiated quite puzzled
over what exactly Bella is so desperately yearning for.
suspects that Weitz was chosen for his ability to blend special
effects with live action (see his earlier "The Golden
Compass"), and this he does not disappoint. "New
Moon" boasts many more action scenes compared to "Twilight"
and each of them are definitely more exciting than that anticlimactic
climax at the end of "Twilight". Jacob’s transformation
from hunk to werewolf is nothing short of thrilling- so too
Jacob’s struggle with one other temperamental werewolf
and Edward’s fight with the Volturi, a band of ancient
vampires who rule over the kingdom.
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson share the same great
chemistry that made "Twilight" such an endearing
watch, it is the Volturi stars and new additions to the franchise-
Michael Sheen and Dakota Fanning- that will truly leave you
wanting more. Sheen brings a gleeful menace his role as Aro,
the head of the Volturi, while Fanning is delightfully diabolical
as Jane, a reminder of the reason why Jacob and his tribe
of werewolves are still very much needed. (Certainly, girls
will argue that Taylor Lautner and his to-die-for abs is another
equally important reason.)
here’s how likely you will enjoy "New Moon"-
if you are a fan of the book, then "New Moon" subservience
to its source material will most probably please you. If not,
ask yourself how much you’d like to see two hours of
romantic longings, unrequited love and sentimental reunions-
more than anything, that’s really what "New Moon"
is about. Still, compared to the headiness of "Twilight",
"New Moon" stays a little too safe and snug to portray
the raw and sometimes uncontrollable urges of love, and by
that count, falls short of being truly stirring.
(This "New Moon" rises with a soft howl)
Review by Gabriel Chong