There’s really no reason to review “Twilight: New Moon.” Those who loved the first movie have either seen the sequel in theaters and/or were the first in line to buy or rent the DVD as soon as possible. The haters will most certainly continue to hate. Fans of the books will likely remain divided about the merits of the film series.
Bella (Kristen Stewart) survived the ordeal from the first movie, but Edward (Robert Pattinson) is shaken by it. He’s very aware of Bella’s mortality and doesn’t want to endanger her any further, so he and the rest the Cullen family leaves town. Bella is devastated and eventually comes to rely on Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) for emotional support and companionship. They become very close, but brief images of Edward keep appearing to Bella warning her of danger. Jacob is going through some changes of his own and he’s growing up, spending more and more time with reckless young men from his tribe. All the while, there’s danger lurking in the woods, bent on getting revenge and with a thirst for human blood.
As has been said before, there will be no official review for this movie as its appeal is self-evident. This examiner knows it’s not intended for his demographic and doesn’t feel like being torn to shreds by rabid teenage girls.
What many associate with “Twilight” is brooding and there are boatloads of it here. Also, if you’re in the mood for shirtless males, “New Moon” will make your day. Really, when Bella gets mildly injured, is it necessary for Jacob to take off his shirt and use it to tend to her wound? It would be comical (it still is actually) if it wasn’t giving a lot of the viewers exactly what they wanted to see.
The one disc edition only has feature commentary for special features. The two disc edition has audio commentary, a six-part documentary that takes you behind the scenes and band rehearsal footage with Muse along with music videos from Death Cab for Cutie, Anya Marina, and Mute Math.
There’s certainly no stopping the hardcore fans. A lot of them will be absolutely delighted with “Twilight: New Moon” and more power to them. Not having read the books, it’s hard to compare them to the movies so faithful readers should approach with some caution. The one thing that is for certain is that a lot of significant others who have no interest in the series will be forced to sit through this. May I suggest a sedative?
Rated PG-13 130 minutes 2010