NEW MOON is problematic from a storytelling
perspective. Edward is gone from the story for half of the film. You have mopey Bella who decides to be thrill seeker so she can see Edward in her head speak to her. Edward rips out part of her heart after the Cullens leave Forks, Washington
due to Jasper almost wanting to kill Bella at her birthday party (a paper cut that makes her bleed). Bella decides to start hanging with Jacob (who has grown buff and is shirtless for many of his scenes).
NEW MOON may appeal to females more due
to the frequent scenes of shirtless teenage boys (who just happen to be werewolves).
Sometimes, I wanted to get snarky with aspects of this film. Bella
so wants to be emo while Edward is clearly more of an emo vampire (Robert Pattison makes Edward seem like he will burst into
tears anytime due to his pained expression all of the time). Also the male
vampires are pasty and ugly compared to the werewolves. The women in the film
whether they’re vampire, human, or scarred by werewolf come to be beautiful. However,
NEW MOON isn’t a total loss for male audiences due to the action scenes which don’t start showing up until halfway
into the film. Chris Weitz does a better directing job at a TWILIGHT film than
Catherine Hardwicke, but I do think the script is a little stronger overall with the first one.
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