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