Twilight Saga: New Moon Movie Review

I watched this film shortly after it came out when I was still slightly obsessed with the series but not completely. I was pleased at how much this film had improved from the previous one. Warning that this post may contain spoilers.

New Moon was released in 2009 and was directed by Chris Weitz, a welcome change from Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke. It was produced by Mark Morgan and Wyck Godfrey. Melissa Rosenberg returned as screenwriter for the film.

New Moon was one of my least favourite books in the Twilight series, mainly because of the extended period of time in which Edward Cullen wasn’t a part of the story. I quickly skimmed over this part because it was so boring and I expected that part of the movie to be the same. But I was wrong, this is where I found that the movie was better than the book. The film shortened the period of Edward Cullen’s absence while still leaving all the important plot points involving Jacob Black. It gave us all of the feelings that Stephanie Meyer was expecting us to feel without the boredom.

I was also very happy with the way that the Volturi was portrayed. In fact, the scenes with the Volturi in them tended to be my favourites of the film. Probably because these scenes were the only ones in the whole film that had a real sense of danger and excitement to them, which is deplorable considering that there were many other scenes that were meant to but failed to do so. The Volturi remind me more of the cliche vampire, regal, powerful and a killer.

That is where the upsides of film film end, however. There are some lines said so poorly that I could barely understand what was being said. Most of the lines mumbled like this are said by Kristen Stewart who has seemed to have gained no more acting skills since the previous instalment. It’s pretty annoying, especially because it interrupts the storyline. However, Taylor Lautner (Jacob Black) did a surprisingly good job, as did some other minor characters such as Jackson Rathbone (Jasper Hale) and Dakota Fanning (Jane).

Just like the previous instalment, the storyline has much more to do with romance and relationships than it has to do with vampires and adventure which means that it has a fairly narrow viewing range of generally pre-teen to young adult women. Yet, despite the fact that I fit into that category, I still didn’t really enjoy the movie. There were times I just had to pause it and do something else because of it, but at least it didn’t have any cringe-worthy awkward scenes like Twilight did.annoying when this mumbling happens because it stops the flow of the story and really depreciates the quality of the film. Taylor Lautner (Jacob Black) does a surprisingly good job with his part, despite his poorly written script, as do other minor actors such as Jackson Rathbone (Jasper Hale), Billy Burke (Charlie Swan) and Dakota Fanning (Jane).

The score by Alexandre Desplat is pretty good, and one of the few redeeming qualities of the film. Where the acting and script is lacking, the music tries desperately to fix it, and it succeeds somewhat. It’s full and very orchestral, a massive contrast to the score of the previous film. Here’s one of the songs:

Favourite character/actor: Jane (Dakota Fanning)

Least favourite character/actor: Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart)

Favourite scene: Every scene with the Volturi

Least favourite scene: When Bella goes out for the night with Jess

Rating; 2.5/5 stars

Twilight Movie Review

I first watched this movie soon before it came out when I was truly obsessed with the series. Despite this, after a few days, even I could see how truly bad the movie was. The movie does have some redeeming points, though not many. Warning that this post may contain spoilers.

Twilight was directed by Catherine Hardwicke, written by Melissa Rosenberg and released in 2008. It was distributed by Summit Entertainment.

First off, the film uses a green lens which gives every scene (except for the one at the very start) a green tinge. This was not a good idea. Mainly because it gave the whole movie a dull and gloomy feel. It doesn’t set the right mood for the film. Being a romance, Twilight should have been filmed in a warmer tone, instead of the cold tone of a horror. The overall green effect may have been what the director wanted, to make Forks appear exactly as Bella described it, but some things are better changed. The green lens also makes almost every member of the cast look just as pale as the Cullens do, which is the complete opposite of how the novel described it.

Then there’s the script which not even a good actor could make work. It made every scene in the movie feel awkward and made the audience (or at least one member) feel embarrassed to watch. This awkward feeling can act as a form of humour in some movies but in Twilight it didn’t. The special effects were also deplorable, people walking really fast do not look like they’re riding on a carpet and what’s supposed to be a growl, does not sound like a hiss.

It’s amazing! She’s smiling!

The acting is quite interesting. There are actors such as Ashley Greene (Alice Cullen), Nikki Reed (Rosalie Hale) and Billy Burke (Charlie Swan) who have done quite well and were able to show some of their skills. Then there were actors like Kristen Stewart (Bella Swan); expressionless, annoying and altogether terrible. Even fans of the series hate Stewart’s horrid acting skills.

The score was written by Carter Burwell, and although it didn’t really fit in with the movie, it’s quite good as stand alone music. It rejects the traditional orchestral strings and brass and replaces it with electric guitars and bass. Despite this, Bella’d Lullaby (a song every fan of the series was eagerly awaiting) was done pretty well. One other song for the film is here:

Twilight fans may be glad at the fact the movie does not divert from the novel very much, but it is simply a bad movie. The novel was much better.

Favourite character/portrayal: Charlie Swan (Billie Burke)

Least favourite character/portrayal: Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart)

Favourite scene: When James is searching for Bella

Least favourite scene: Every scene with Bella :P

Rating; 1.5/5 stars