Monday, November 23, 2009

Team Edward vs. Team Jacob

Twilight: New Moon
To start with I did like this movie more than the first. Normally, I'd give a basic plot summary, but I'm pretty sure if you're reading this you have a good idea about the whole Bell-Edward-Jacob love triangle. Instead I figured I'd go over a few non-plot details.

First I think the special effects were better than the first. The was a big plus, since the in the first it was pretty evident little if no money went towards them. However it wasn't perfect, there was at least one werewolf that looked a little fake and over the top. But mainly they looked fairly believable, especially Jacob's wolf which is the one that really matters.

Secondly, while I do think that overall the acting was better than the first, there were still a feel cheesy moments. At least that was the general opinion. There was one moment in the movie when Edward told Bella he loved her, and the how theater started cracking up of the cheesiness. Although for me personally it worked.

The next bit could be considered to be a bit of a spoiler, at least for those who read the books. Overall, the movie was fairly true to the books. At least in the scene that I hadn't read the books in over a year, and couldn't find anything glaringly different. Except there's the fact that the movie's directed by Chris Weitz, and if you've both read the book and seen the movie of The Golden Compass you then know he had no problem ending the movie at a different place than the book. In New Moon's case, the end of the movie was a few chapters into Eclipse. While I'm sure there are a few purists out there who hate this, in general I think it helped bring Jacob back into the last scenes.

Then there's the fact they tried to make the ending a cliffhanger. If you've read the books, its in now way a cliffhanger, but if you haven't its pretty big. And based on the reaction in the theater most people hadn't read the books, and seemed pretty unhappy that the movie left a pretty big question unanswered. Luckily, for them they won't have to wait too long to hear how it turns out since Eclipse is going to be in theaters next June.

I do think being a fan of the book, it was pretty easy for me to be a fan of the movie as well. But I'd love to her someones opinion who saw the movie, but hasn't read the book. Or if you did read the books, did the movie live up to your expectations as well?

~Shoshanah

6 comments:

  1. I've read the books and New Moon is my favorite book in the series. I don't know how people who haven't read the books follow the movie. I mean it would be kind of confusing to me if I hadn't. I agree, this one was way better than the first movie.

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  2. Great review! I think the special effects were much better in New Moon than they were in Twilight and the werewolves looked a lot more believable than I thought they would. The cheese factor was evident in some parts, but I swallowed it up. I thought they hit on most of the major parts that were in the book. I had even forgotten about the Mike, Bella and Jacob movie scene until they showed it in the movie. That was very funny!

    I'm shocked that people who haven't read the books would watch the movies. I don't see how it would make much sense and I would find it completely ridiculous.

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  3. Well, as you know I did not like Twilight and couldn't get through the books when I tried to read them.

    That being said, I think New Moon looks pretty good and I'm going to see it with my friends tomorrow night. And I'm actually kind of excited about it.

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  4. New Moon was much better than Twilight. But yes I was so confused when they headed into Eclipse. I kept thinking what are they going to do with the next movie. But I guess there still is a lot to cover before we get to Breaking Dawn. I can't believe how quickly we'll be done with the series.

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  5. You summed it up quite well! I had the same comments overall :)

    ps: happy anniversary!! Adorable picture :)

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