The Twilight Saga: New Moon

Okay, I know I am a little out of the Twilight series target age, but seriously this was a bad film! I have read the whole series of books and admittedly the second book was probably my least favourite (too little Edward) so I wasn't expecting much, but this Chris Weitz (The Golden Compass, About a Boy) film managed to even go below that.

Mortal Bella (Kristen Stewart – The Runaways, Adventureland) is turning 18 and the Cullens, more specifically Alice (Ashley Greene – Twilight, King of California), want to throw her a big party. An accident happens and Bella is cut. The scent of her blood drives Jacob (Jackson Rathbone) mad and Edward (Robert Pattinson – Remember Me, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) has to step in.

This close call leads to Edward deciding that Bella would be better off without him and his family of vampires in her life. He leaves her. This crushes Bella. She falls into what one can only describe as a stupor. Just going through the motion, she cuts off all contact with her friends and spends most of her time alone. Her father (Billy Burke – Ladder 49, Along Came a Spider) is very worried.

Bella discovers that if she does risky things that Edward appears to her. She decides that if she buys a couple of motorcycles and gets Jacob (Taylor Lautner – Valentine's Day, Cheaper By the Dozen 2) to fix them she will get to see Edward. Spending time with Jacob as he repairs the two bikes is good for Bella. She seems happier. Soon riding the motorcycle isn't enough. The bigger the risk she takes the more intense her vision of Edward is, so Bella keeps pushing the envelope.

Edward, due to a misunderstanding caused by one of the risks Bella takes, believes Bella to be dead and distraught is going to do something that will put him at odds with the Vulturi. Alice, seeing the trouble, tells Bella that she is the only one who can save Edward, so the two head off to Italy.

This series has been dubbed the Romeo and Juliet of this generation of teenagers. Well, if that is the case then I must assume that they have really low standards. The acting (could Kristen Stewart be more vacant?), the special effects (could the werewolves look more fake?) and the story (silly, silly, silly) are all awful. No consistency in the story and the either wooden or melodramatic acting was too much for me to handle. At certain parts I wanted to laugh out loud.

From a film critic point of view the film was too slow and long; it never really got anywhere. The film just moved from one scene to the next with no flow or connectivity. Many scenes contained overly long one-on-one conversations that just had me drifting off. As a result very little momentum is built up for the climax (the scenes in Italy) and renders the film almost pointless.

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