ANALYSIS (first view from my review back
in November 2010):
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.
ANALYSIS (second view):
I liked NEW MOON more on a second viewing. It seems it is the second Chris Weitz movie I have liked better on a second viewing. Some forms of sarcasm do still leak through for a few scenes when I’m watching,
but the stuff that works still comes through. The soundtrack stands out
more as what the director has described as the ultimate breakup soundtrack. The
action scenes are really excellently directed. Chris Weitz was more able
to handle this movie compared to Hardwicke’s job on TWILIGHT.
Disc One features an audio commentary with
Director Chris Weitz and Editor Peter Lambert. They talk about the production
with loads of details, but it isn’t one of the most exciting tracks to listen to and yet not the driest of tracks.
Disc Two has a 65 minute making-of documentary
called THE JOURNEY CONTINUES which is in six parts:
LIFE AFTER TWILIGHT
CHRIS WEITZ TAKES THE HELM- cast and crew
talk about the director
THE SUBTLE DETAILS- production and costume
A LOOK AT PRODUCTION- all the little things
they handled including going inside when it snowed on April 1st (to do green screen work)
IT’S NOT MAGIC-the special effects
READY FOR THE WORLD- the score and the
editing of the film
Also on that disc are three music videos-
“Meet Me On The Equinox” by Death Cab For Cutie, “Satellite Heart” by Anya Marina, and the boring
video by Mutemath for “Spotlight”. Behind-The-Scenes Rehearsal
footage of “I Belong To You” by Muse is also included, but a music video would have been better.
Disc three is a disc that is exclusive
to the Target Deluxe Edition. 18 minutes of deleted scenes is the first
thing you will find. Bella’s nightmare is my favorite deleted scene,
but I’m glad the Victoria scene was cut.
Several featurettes are included on the
INTERVIEW WITH THE VOLTURI- interviews
with the actors who play the Volturi
THE BEAT GOES ON looks at the various music
artists that form the soundtrack for NEW MOOM
FRAME BY FRAME: STORYBOARDS TO SCREEN-
a comparison of six scenes from the film
FANDIMONIUM- all about the fans of TWILIGHT during the San Diego Comic Con where the cast and crew are promoting NEW
FINAL ANALYSIS: NEW MOON is one for TWILIGHT fans. If you want to see what was cut, get the three disc from Target on DVD (or the two disc Blu-ray). The making of documentary is a good making of if you want to see what went into
making NEW MOON.
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