Movie Review: Twilight Saga: New Moon

Movie Review: Twilight Saga: New Moon

The Twilight Saga: New Moon

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PG-13 for some violence and action.
Running Time: 2 hours 10 minutes

In the second installment of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series, the romance between mortal and vampire takes off to a new level as Bella Swan, played by Kristen Stewart, delves deeper into the mysteries of the supernatural world she yearns to become part of. But, as she finds herself searching for Edward, she also finds herself in more trouble than ever before.

In New Moon Bella is devastated by the abrupt departure of her vampire love Edward Cullen. But, her spirit is rekindled by her growing friendship with Jacob Black. Suddenly Bella finds herself drawn into the world of werewolves. She quickly discovers werewolves are the ancestral enemies of the vampires and now she finds her loyalties tested.

Whom will she choose?

Fascinated With Depression, Suicide & Death

Following Bella’s ill-fated 18th birthday party, Edward Cullen, played by Robert Pattinson, and his family leave the Town of Forks, Washington in an effort to protect her from the dangers inherent in their world. As Bella sleepwalks through her senior year of high school, numb and alone, she discovers Edward’s image comes to her whenever she puts herself in danger. Her desire to be with him at any cost leads her to take greater and greater risks.

Once again, while many believe the Twilight series is simply a harmless love story, we quickly discover the subplot has more to do with a fascination of suicide and death than anything else. For much of the movie Bella is nothing more than a depressed teenager who feels she can’t go on without the love of her life nearby.

For crying out loud, she’s just 18 years old!

Is this really a message parents want their teens to see? This series has been pushed to the young teen girl crowd. Of course since Bella is now 18, it’s also pushed toward the teen crowd in general. But in the end, the message is simply wrong. Do we really want our teens figuring life is not worth living if they can’t be with the one whom they “think” is the love of their life?

Then, when you add on top of the depression message the fact that she still wants to die in order to be near Edward, even more issues enter in for a parent. Last, but certainly not least, the idea of living dangerously just to get the attention of someone who’s left, is yet another message that we need to raise red flags over.

Parents, honestly ask yourself…
Are these messages you want your teenager daughter to receive?

Like A Bad Roller Coaster Ride

The 2008 installment of Twilight clocked in at 2 hours, while the latest clocks in at 2 hours 10 minutes. While I didn’t like the first Twilight movie for many of the same reasons, I don’t remember it being badly put together.

Frame by Frame Review of first Twilight movie here!

New Moon comes off as a disjointed bad roller coaster ride with far too many ups and downs. It starts off sleepingly-slow. But then, after about 20 minutes, the pace picks up. However, just as quickly as the pace picked up, New Moon quickly comes to almost a complete stop as it moves back into a boringly slow time. The transitions between scenes and themes are jarring adding to the disjointed feel. While there are a few scenes with some cool special effects, I found myself checking my watch often wondering when the movie would be over.

When it comes to plot and storyline, it’s as up and down as the scene sequence. Tossed to and fro by the immature emotions of Bella we see her moving from love, to depression, to confusion like some people change socks.

But wait, the confusion doesn’t end there!

When the vampires exit we suddenly discover Bella is tormented by yet another supernatural world. She moves from vampires to bad dreams and a supernatural dream catcher. Then, as quickly as we discover the so-called dream catcher isn’t working, we suddenly see Bella thrust into the supernatural world of werewolves. But, these aren’t just any werewolves. These are werewolves that are supposedly strategically positioned in the Town of Forks to protect the mortal residents of Forks from vampires!

Is your head spinning yet? I know mine is. But, it gets worse!

Just when you think you may have some of the plot line figured out, other villain vampires begin to simply drop out of the sky! Characters from the first movie suddenly parachute into the plot line for really no apparent reason at all.

When it comes to acting, all I have to say is – Where is it?

This could have easily been an hour and a half movie if Kristen Stewart could actually speak in complete sentences. Most of her scenes are taken up with her biting her lip, playing with her hair and stuttering her way through lines. Then there’s Robert Pattinson who plays Edward. This guy looks totally bored with the part and at times actually looks like he’s stoned out of his mind as he tries to string together a few lines and add emotion to the role. At times it’s like watching a really bad James Dean movie! I’ve got news for Pattinson, you’re far from a James Dean. Last but certainly not least, while Taylor Lautner’s portrayal of Jacob Black starts out fine, when he discovers he’s a werewolf, his whole performance becomes over-reaching.

I know New Moon pulled in approximately $142 million for its debut weekend. It also broke a number of records. But, hype does not mean it’s a good movie. As a matter of fact, as I left the theater I heard some of the teenage girls this series is aimed at complaining about the movie and calling it “hokey”. I guess I wasn’t alone with my thoughts after all. By the end of the day, New Moon will just be another over-hyped craze that will probably quickly fade away.

Of course this movie is far from family-friendly. It carries a PG-13 rating, but this is far from that too. If anything, it needs that over 17 audience rating. New Moon is another example of a movie with bad messages being force-fed to teens. Those involved in the production of New Moon make a veiled attempt at the beginning of the movie to connect the Twilight Saga with Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. This is simply an attempt to give this sub-par movie some credibility.

Reality is, Stephenie Meyers is no Shakespeare and New Moon will never be a Romeo & Juliet.

By the end of the movie as Bella is telling both Jacob and Edward she loves them I leaned over to my son and said – “Insert Amanda Bynes here and we have her show What I Like About You where she couldn’t figure out who she really loved either.” Maybe if Amanda Bynes played the part of Bella New Moon would be more interesting. Then we could say it’s supposed to be a comedy. This is really a poor man’s Monty Python attempt of satire at re-inventing the classic Romeo & Juliet tale.

Avoid the show!
Dr. Rus

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Dr. Rus has 30+ years experience in the field of communication. He takes this experience, and his passion to encourage others to positively effect their environment, when providing insight and movie reviews.