As an early birthday gift to my stepdaughter, who will be turning 14 in 2 weeks, I promised to take her and a friend to the opening night of New Moon. This promise was made shortly after watching Twilight for the first time… a movie which I thought had a unique story despite the bad acting. In light of the quality of the actors in Twilight… there’s no question that there was a genius behind the casting… as it took a good story and made it bigger than Harry Potter to ‘tweens and teenage girls across the globe.
Young girls everywhere are picking sides, and my daughter is one who is deeply infatuated with Edward, she shrugged off my prediction that Jacob would throw a wheel in the mix. (I swear, I had no idea this would actually happen when I made this guess!)
Now I’ll be the first to confess that I read the books after watching the movie… “just to see what all the fuss was about.” And I am not alone in saying I could not put those books down!
In fact, I had to bring a bottle of Nyquil to help when I read Eclipse… and there is a lot of controversy over which book was better and blah, blah, blah. Please let me declare my own opinion… Stephanie Meyer did a wonderful job, and as with any great story… the ending is always disappointing.
Nonetheless, this promise to take her to the premiere of New Moon was made several months ago, while I was flipping through those addicting pages of this romance for teens, a love triangle involving a vampire (and a werewolf.) While I would not choose Team Edward or Team Jacob (I am the minority who is for Team Jasper) I was secretly promising to take her because I wanted to go myself.
With that out of the way… let’s fast forward to earlier this week. Reality was hitting that the premiere was approaching, and I had to get permission from the mother of my daughters friend for her to miss school on Friday so we could attend this movie at midnight. As nervous as I was, I felt confident that– being a school night– we would enjoy this movie without the squeals and giggles in a crowded theater full of teeny-boppers.
I purchased the tickets on Tuesday, and asked the cashier if they were close to being sold out. It was a question out of curiosity, and I was relieved to hear that they had 181 seats still available. This being a very small theater, and with the show being only 2 days away… it was a relief to believe that the theater would not be packed full of easily excited young girls. (Just the two that I had committed to bringing with me.)
Boy… was I ever wrong!
A friend of mine called earlier today. She had wanted to watch the movie as well… but tickets were sold out. The next available showing (that isn’t sold out) is a matinee… next week. This is also within a 30 mile radius, mind you. Not that you haven’t already heard how big of a deal New Moon is… but there’s a clue.
Luckily, I had purchased tickets early, and made a point to arrive an hour early just to have a place to sit without being split up. Had we been there 5 minutes later, we would have missed the last set of seats together… everybody had the same idea.
As if a summer of waiting wasn’t enough… that hour of sitting in an overcrowded theater was full of tension, to say the least. Although there were a few girls who were also staying out late on a school night for this movie, it wasn’t as bad as I’d feared.
Finally, the movie began. A few squeals of delight and then silence. I realized that if you want your teenager to shut up and pay attention, just stick Taylor Lautner or Robert Pattinson in front of them. Much to my surprise, the only other squeals I heard was when Jacob ripped off his shirt to treat a boo-boo on Bella’s head (revealing a fairly muscular chest.)
By the way, I am indifferent in informing you that my stepdaughter is a traitor who has now officially joined Team Jacob…
Without giving away any of the key points in the movie– especially to those who haven’t read the book, I will end this review with a quick summary:
New Moon is a very good movie. Much better than the first (they increased their budget somehow…) and if you make a point to go on a school night, or even on a matinee during a weekday– you should really enjoy it. And the end is, well… you’ll soon find out!