Film Review: New Moon

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


Film: The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)
Director: Chris Weitz
Writer: Melissa Rosenberg

As you well know, I was fortunate enough to go to the Twilight premiere last year. While I thought the first film was a good first effort, I definitely believed there was considerable room for improvement.

Thankfully, Chris Weitz thought so too.

Here's the skinny on The Twilight Saga: New Moon:


Compared to Twilight, it's much cleaner. Beautiful sweeping angles, tight close ups on the trio (which I'm sure you'll all swoon over) and tinted slightly golden. Nice job all around.


Honestly, all of you who were concerned that New Moon wouldn't look the same or have the same small town feel as Twilight, you can now rest easy. You can't tell the difference at all. Still has all those gorgeous trees, the Cullen house (albeit different, still lovely)... and as for Bella's home, if you wouldn't have told me that it was in fact a set built in Vancouver I never would have known. One small note: thank all that's holy that they got rid of all those dinner scenes!

Minor Characters

The Cullen clan

Still wish we would see more of them and their individual interactions as we do in the novels. We do have a bit more face time with Peter Facinelli, which was welcomed. Definitely wish our time in the Cullen house had been longer both at the beginning of the film and the end. Also, Nikki Reed... I see you and want to see more of you! Can't wait to watch your story unfold in Eclipse!

The Volturi

When Michael Sheen was first cast as Aro, I was delighted. Beyond delighted in fact. I've loved him in just about every film he's starred in. Except this one. He plays Aro like some wacky, wired eccentric who has a habit of clapping after every other sentence. Very much a let down. Dakota Fanning was, as expected, wonderful as Jane. Cold, distant and rather terrifying. Caius and Marcus, as well as Felix, Alec and Demetri, are just background players (as they are in the novel). Not much to be said about any of them, honestly. Heidi appears for all of maybe four seconds and is gone before you even register what she looks like.


Really love Rachelle Lefevre although she doesn't utter one word in the entire film. She's used more as a presence than an actual character. Love the rich new color of her hair. Truly pops on screen. Very cool fight/running scenes with her and the wolves.


In my Twilight review, I said that I wasn't completely sold with Billy Burke as Charlie. My opinion has now changed. He's pretty great actually.

Main Characters

Taylor Lautner (Jacob Black)

Oh, Taylor. I went into New Moon an Edward fan and I'm now on the fence! Someone should give Weitz an award for keeping this boy on the franchise. Lautner turns out a surprisingly tender performance. By the end of the film, all you want to do is give the boy a hug. I'm not sure if that would be a hug to comfort him or to grope him. You choose, Twihards. You choose. (In answer to your question, yes there are considerable amounts of shirtless Taylor scenes. Rejoice, teens!)

Kristen Stewart (Bella Swan)

I am speechless. Her performance was heartbreaking. Both break up scenes (Edward and Jacob, respectively) were touching and emotional. In case you're wondering, you know those empty months in New Moon (novel), well they're in the film. Be sure to watch Stewart's face during the sequence. Hollow and broken.

Robert Pattinson (Edward Cullen)

Pattinson's performance in New Moon ranges from sweet and lighthearted to serious and painful. Although in the film Edward is more of a shadow and Bella's personal poltergeist, Weitz has included the character cleverly and rather seamlessly. Pattinson continues, as always, to be sexy.

Ashley Greene (Alice Cullen)

Have I mentioned how much I love this girl? No? Well, I do. So much. Although we got a taste of her in Twilight, we get a decent amount of screen time with this particular Cullen. And boy was it welcomed! Sweet, cute, trendy...Ashley Greene is the perfect Alice. Fear not, Twihards, many of your favorite Alice moments are included in this film version, except for her insistence in needing her own legal yellow Porsche. Funny little lines for Greene in reference to werewolves, as well. Can't wait to see more her in Eclipse and other films! Side note: Can someone please please please style her differently?! Ditto goes for the rest of the Cullens. Hate their wardrobe!

The Wolves

Where to start? While I love the pack as a whole as individual characters they were poorly written into the script. Paul was seriously introduced out of nowhere and was the one to have the "big transformation" first. Whhhhat? A bit annoying really. These boys seem more like eye candy than actual characters.

As for the animation.... sigh. Cartoonish, anyone? Yes/Yes? And HUGE!

All in All

If you loved the novel, you'll like the film as it's pretty true to the book. If you're new to the series, you may be a tad bit lost. Solid B+ for this one guys.


Ever wonder what Bella would look like as a vampire? You might just be in luck. Regardless, I hope you like cliff hangers! Enjoy!


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