Fans of the Twilight Saga will find this new addition to the epic vampire story easy to welcome, as the film adopts a superior blend of drama, comedy, action, and romance over its predecessor. Those that refuse to commit to the often excessively dramatic and super serious declarations of love will readily pick apart the film’s faults, such as the varying degrees of inadequacy in its special effects, but even the harshest of negativity won’t hinder the millions of screaming girls from showing their support. The steamy love triangle between Bella, Edward, and Jacob will ensure that Twilight’s momentous following will keep coming back for more. That, and the numerous sequences requiring the male leads to remove their shirts.
On her 18th birthday, Bella (Kristen Stewart) is attacked by Jasper (Jackson Rathbone) at the Cullen’s house after she accidentally cuts herself. Again seeing the fragility in the clash of vampire and human worlds, Edward (Robert Pattinson) leaves Forks, Washington in an attempt to protect his true love. Bella is left heartbroken and alone, her nightmares the only thing reminding her he was real. When she reconnects with childhood friend Jacob (Taylor Lautner), their growing relationship helps fill the emotional void within her, but Bella finds that images of Edward still haunt her when her life is in danger. Desperate to see him again, Bella continues to take greater and greater risks until fate finds her torn between the vampire world and that of a mysterious new monstrosity.
Originality still escapes the sequel to Twilight and this time the filmmakers aren’t afraid to embrace the resemblances to Romeo and Juliet – Bella is forced to read the classic literature in her senior year of high school. It’s shocking that so many fans can appreciate the timeless plot only when handsome characters and supernatural powers are mixed in. While New Moon is definitely an improvement over the first film, there are still many moments that are painfully silly; under-developed characters appear, laughable dialogue is always at hand, and acting and subpar special effects remain questionable for such a big-budget flick. After so many other stories and films have already utilized the basic elements of the Twilight novels, nearly everything about this adaptation feels recycled.
Edward gets a slow-motion intro, Michael Sheen finds himself in a role not unlike his turn in Underworld, werewolves are somehow a necessity in vampire movies, and unsheathed, muscular torsos glistening with rain are present every few minutes. Clearly there’s something for teenage girls, but New Moon fails to justify why audiences should care about Bella and Edward’s love – romance is almost nonexistent and they spend so much time either away from each other or clinging together looking miserable. The various love triangles (including Mike, Jacob and Edward) are mildly amusing, but every relationship seems like the average angst-ridden teen crush. Why should we care about these sulky characters? Why shouldn’t Edward just transform Bella into a vampire? And why does the fake movie they watch, entitled “Face Punch,” sound so much more appealing than the Twilight series?- The Massie Twins