I just want you all to know that I am a Twilight Series Fan. I don’t hide that fact. I own all the books, I have a T-shirt, I am a member of the Twilight Lexicon forum, and my blogger name is even derived from Twilight. I went to see Twilight: The Movie on opening day — all by myself. Unfortunately, I have no twi-friends near me and just can’t convince anyone else to go with me.
So when fall came about and it was time for the New Moon movie, I tried to figure out how I was going to get to the theatre to see it. Back in September, I went back to work and my once free days were filled. Long story short… week after week went by and I never saw the movie. *hangs head in shame* When the movie came out on DVD, I had planned to watch while I was traveling for work, but the hotel didn’t have Pay-Per-View!
Last night, while my hubs was out of town and the kiddos were in bed, I FINALLY rented New Moon and watched the movie. I shared the experience with my tweeps as I followed along on Twitter.
What I’m Talking About…
What I’m Talking About…
Well, it was an okay movie. The special effects MADE the picture. The wolves were phenomenal! The mad-fast vampire running and even sparkling was better this second time around. The other highlight? A certain young (and at the time underaged) werewolf. I have to admit that the highlight of the film was Taylor Lautner – and I’m not referring to his abs! (really!) His acting was far better than any of the other lead characters. His intensity allowed me to feel Jacob’s pain when he couldn’t tell Bella what was going on. I saw his hurt when she constantly chose Edward over him. Taylor’s acting created an emotional tension with Bella (and the viewer) that should have existed between Bella and Edward.
The movie started slow and didn’t develop the relationship between Edward and Bella enough. If I hadn’t read the books or seen Twilight: The Movie, I would have had serious questions and doubts about their love. It was a fleeting scene and then he left. How are we to believe that Bella went into an emotional coma for Edward? I am Team Edward. Never swayed. But if I had to make my decision based on the movie alone, I would be Team Jacob. There was just so much more chemistry between Jacob and Bella.
Another thing that bothered me is how sickly Edward looked. Rob Pattinson is a nice looking man. I’ll admit he can be very hot at times. But he looked downright ill. Once again, Jasper’s hair was hideous and Doc Cullen still has that horrible shade of blond hair. This family is supposed to the best looking family EVER – but they just aren’t.
Even with the distractions and slow parts, I enjoyed the October-November-December part of the movie. That was such a powerful part of the book for me and I was glad that part was well done in the movie. The middle 45-60 minutes was exciting and kept my interest. The Volturi were exciting and I look forward to seeing more in the next films. But I was disappointed with the ending. I honestly can’t recall how the book ended, but the movie ending left me flat. I felt they could have done away with the whole Jacob-Bella-Edward conflict and left it for the next movie. Or at least done it differently.
I know that a movie rarely ever matches the calibre of the great book upon which it’s based. I tried to look at the movie outside of the book, but I think that made the movie weaker. I needed the information I learned from the books to help me get through the movie. If you are a fan of the book series, it still is worth while to see the movie. However, if you haven’t seen the first movie or read the books (and unless you are a ‘tween), it’s not really worth your time to see New Moon.