Saturday, December 5, 2009

The Twilight Saga: New Moon

The Twilight Saga: New Moon Review
Mary Polleys and Nicole Weber

Based on a series of novels by Stephanie Meyer, New Moon, the second installment of the saga, was recently released in theaters. This is a Drama/Romance about a small town girl, Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) falling in love with a vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson). When he abruptly leaves, she is forced to face a life without him. On the rebound, she starts to hang out with her long time friend Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) who loves her, but she will never love him as more than a friend. Bella is surprised when she finds Jacob has joined Sam's

"cult" and even more so when she witnesses Jacob morphing into a werewolf as part of his Quileute heritage. When Alice Cullen (Ashley Greene) has a vision of Bella jumping off a cliff, Edward reads her mind and they both think she has killed herself. As a result, Edward goes to Italy to provoke the Volturi, the strongest and oldest group of vampires, virtually committing suicide. Bella and Alice rush to Italy, despite Jacob's objections, to stop Edward from revealing his shimmery skin in the sun.

Compared to the first movie, released November of 2008, New Moon was able to offer viewers better overall effects, due undoubtedly to a larger budget. The actors advanced themselves within their characters, better filling Meyer's narrative. Kristen Stewart downplays the distracting mannerisms from Twilight. Even her physical appearance was more appealing and similar to how she was described in the book. Another physical appearance bonus was when Jacob was half-naked in multiple scenes, exactly as described in the book. Compared to Edward's distraught persona, Jacob's warm cuddliness makes Team Jacob irresistible.

One disappointment was the blatant altering of the novel's end, seemingly to keep people hanging, despite the fact that the majority of the audience already knows what's going to happen. Fans of the saga would rather keep the movies as true as possible to the form of the book, rather than be concerned with the unknowledgeable portion of the audience who should just go read the books if they want to know what happens. Overall, New Moon was delightfully saturated with scenes of Jacob, advantageous of available technologies in supernatural portrayals, and aside from the ending, closely adheres to the novel.

Overall, we would give it 4.5 out of 5 for the much improved sequel. Now we can only hope the third movie in the series, Eclipse even tops it when it comes out June 30, 2010.


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3 comments to “The Twilight Saga: New Moon”

  • December 6, 2009 at 10:27 AM
    Anas says:

    kemarin Aku habis nonton.. tapi ternyata bersambun lagi... dieng..

  • December 6, 2009 at 3:22 PM
    Arek11 says:


  • May 4, 2010 at 10:38 AM
    UnGu says:

    sekarang aku lagi nunggu kelanjutannya film ini, twilight eclipse


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