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Review of Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in New Moon

New Moon: Better Than Twilight

Let's be honest: for most of you, it doesn't matter what I — or any critics for that matter — have to say about New Moon, the incredibly anticipated sequel to last year's Twilight. The film started breaking box office records before it was even released, and audiences will flock to the theaters for weeks to come. On the plus side, a ticket to New Moon is a win even if you're not a Twihard — provided that you know what you're getting into.

New Moon is not incredibly acted, and it doesn't boast impressive dialogue or larger-than-life special effects. But it's not trying to be the Best Picture of the Year, so I can only critique it for what it is: a fantasy movie about a love triangle between a werewolf, a vampire, and a teenage girl. To see what I mean, just


The movie picks up a few months after where Twilight left off. Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) is blissfully in love but she can't fight her insecurities about growing older than her perpetually seventeen vampire boyfriend Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson). All Bella wants for her eighteenth birthday is for Edward to change her into a bloodsucker, but a close call with his brother drives Edward to break up with Bella and leave town instead.


The drama following Bella's abandonment is everything we remember from high school heartbreak, from Bella's night terrors to the glazed over look in her eye. The anguish and pain are easily seen on Stewart's face, and her innermost thoughts are revealed to the audience through letters to Edward's sister Alice that will never be sent. After months of moping, Bella finally starts to open up to Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner), a family friend. As Bella struggles to find hope in a life without Edward, her friendship is complicated by Jacob's romantic feelings for Bella and made worse when Jacob discovers that he's a werewolf (and an enemy to all vampires).

The surprise of the movie is Lautner's performance. We've seen and heard about those muscles countless times before, but he also packs enough charm and charisma into his Jacob that you truly see him as more than just Bella's unrelenting admirer / best friend. He presents himself as a viable suitor for Bella's heart, and it's hard not to root for him against Robert Pattinson's wooden (albeit handsome) Edward. Stewart and Pattinson have chemistry to spare in Twilight, but in New Moon, Bella's relationship with Jacob seems hopeful and comfortable while her scenes with Edward are mostly awkward and frankly not as much fun to watch.

The movie belongs to Stewart and Lautner, but their melodrama is balanced out by the characters who pad out the cast. Yes, we meet the wolf pack and the Volturi, but for the most part the Forks residents and beyond make for some much-needed comic relief. The downside is that while it's funnier than what you'd expect, not all of the laughs are intentional (a scene where Jacob's temper rivals that of The Incredible Hulk comes to mind).

It doesn't take more than a grain of salt to appreciate New Moon for what it is — a film that stays true to its origin and delivers the necessary elements to ensure that you'll be back when the next installment of the franchise comes our way.

Photos courtesy of Summit Entertainment

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CG CG 7 years
I'm a little late with my opinion but New Moon was a horrible waste of time. Twilight was by far the superior movie in the series. What they did to the Edward/Bella relationship in New Moon should be considered a crime.
Nicole2581 Nicole2581 7 years
buffybot buffybot 7 years
PS Sorry for my atrocious spelling! Long day at work...
buffybot buffybot 7 years
New Moon was my least favourite book in the serioes so I am forward to Eclipse. My favourite scene was the last one! "Bella, wall you marry me?" Sigh. Anyway I thought Kriten/Bella looked much prettier in this movie than in Twilight, the red in her hair was flattering but I thought everyone else (leading men exluded) looked pretty average. All the vampires eyes were too vivid and it made them look fake. I'm not sure if it was the gold tint Chris used in the film or just different contacts. It also made Edwards expression seem lest soulful. I imagine he had trouble acting around those contacts. I thought the female vampires were all styled terribly. I dont know why but just their hair, clothes everything seemed to be unflattering. Having said all that I really enjoyed the movie and 2 of my non fan friends really did too, enough that 1 of them wants to see it again :) The thing I missed the most was the back storied of the Cullens. It made me appreciate Rosalie's decision to vote no to Bella so much more knowing what happened to her.
chile68 chile68 7 years
@ilanac13, yes I agree it is difficult to embrace every aspect of the book in a movie. I loved the books although New Moon was my least favourite of the series.I can't wait for Eclipse and Breaking Dawn ( my favourite ones):)
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
see - i dont' get how everyone is saying that it's BETTER than the first one. my problem is that there's more texture in the book that you don't see in the movie- but i guess that's to be expected. the book is usually better than the movie. in any event, i really enjoyed it and i hope that eclipse is even better.
cordata cordata 7 years
I wish all the people who paid money to see the movies and the books realized just how rich they are making the Mormon church (The author has to give at least 10% of her earnings as a member of that faith). If you support them and their political agenda (i.e. up to 40 percent of donations for California's prop. 8 came from the church) that's fine, otherwise, I'd consider waiting and borrowing the DVD from a friend.
chile68 chile68 7 years
I think people, who have not read the books ,would never understand the complex relationship between Bella and Edward. In the book, Edward is supposed to be emotionless when breaking up with Bella, Edward wants her to believe he does not care anymore.Edward is supposed to look distress and in pain specially in Italy scene, he wants to die remember??? and he is suffering internally because he believes Bella has died. Do not put Rob's acting down, because he has captivated the real inner turmoil of the love he feels for Bella and the pain he is enduring.
lilashleyxox lilashleyxox 7 years
i forgot to add that although i did like the movie i dont think they portrayed how sad bella really was. The book was much more intense.
lilashleyxox lilashleyxox 7 years
i saw it and i loved it. reading the books i wasnt really a huge fan of jacob but i have to say taylor was great in the movie.
flowergirl flowergirl 7 years
p.s. what a cliffhanger ending - cannot wait till Eclipse!!
flowergirl flowergirl 7 years
Ok it was a great to see NM translated onto the big screen but I could really have done without all the girls gasping and swooning every time Taylor Lautner didn't have his shirt on..which was only about half of the movie.
care0531 care0531 7 years
By the time Rob had taken off his shirt we had already seen a lot of Taylor's abs so I think it was less impressive but non the less I loved it. I had already seen all the Rob shirtless scenes so many times before that when watching the movie I really found myself just paying attention to what was going on in the film and not how hard he worked to get those abs :)
Whitfield517 Whitfield517 7 years
This movie is way better than the first!!! THe make up and special effects are better and the acting has improved so I can only hope that by the last movie these kids will have some real skills. I think that if you enjoyed the book and like a love story you should go check out the film.
GCullen GCullen 7 years
of course not New Moon is horrible and Twilight is much much much better than the stupid new moon,I mean sriously yeah I felt like a stupid kid watching the crap last night :( but haven't said all that Edward Cullen was simply the BEST :)
Justinsbelle Justinsbelle 7 years
New Moon was amazing. I cannot wait to see it again. It was better than Twilight. I felt like it was true to the book in most aspects. I loved it.
care0531 care0531 7 years
I have heard people talk about Edward looking awkward and wooden etc.... did you read the book? It's supposed to be hard and painful for him to be with kiss her etc. and I think he is playing the role perfectly. Eclipse is opening June 30th 2010. It's on the posters, it's on IMDB, and all other websites and promos. It makes sense for them to release it in the summer so they can break summer box office hits.
qtpie qtpie 7 years
Yes I agree that this movie is unintentionally funny, I giggled in nearly all the parts where Edward appears, he just looks so ridiculous and constipated in some of his scenes.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
IMO if she would quit that damn head twitching she does all subsequent films after Twilight would have been a little better. I don't understand how the Directors don't catch that and see it as a problem. It drives me nuts.
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