130 Min | Adventure – Drama – Fantasy | November 2009
IMDB Rating: 4.6
Director: Chris Weitz
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner
The Twilight Saga: New Moon Review: When The Twilight Saga: New Moon became a global phenomenon, Hollywood rushed into production the rest of the series. Hoping to start a new franchise along the lines of a Harry Potter or a Lord of the Rings. Having already endured the dull read that was New Moon. Weitz had already ruined one great fantasy novel with The Golden Compass. An excellent book with a rich, fully realised culture all its own destroyed by someone with no feel or affinity for the text. After The Golden Compass bankrupted New Line Cinema, that should have made Weitz unemployable. Why Meyer would trust him to lay a finger on The Twilight Saga: New Moon is anyone’s guess? New Moon isn’t quite the disaster The Golden Compass was, but its still a disappointment. Weitz has stayed faithful to the book, but therein lies the problem. Like TGC, he recreates scenes on a page without the flavour to animate it. And because Stephanie Meyer has given him a dull story to tell its a dull film as well.
The Twilight Saga: New Moon brings back Victoria, the vamp from Twilight baying for Bella’s blood. She wants to kill Bella to avenge the death of her lover. But the film introduces her, and then just forgets about her. That would have made a far more substantial story, and lent The Twilight Saga: New Moon a dynamic it desperately lacks. To clutter things even further, we get a trip to Italy where we meet the Volturi, a rival tribe of vampires. It even drafts in great performers like Michael Sheen and a grown up Dakota Fanning and criminally gives them little to do. But again, Chris Weitz doesn’t give his cast a chance to do anything. Stewart is saddled with a boring plot where it just requires her to mope after Edward for much of the running time. And her relationship with Taylor Lautner is woefully unconvincing. He’s completely wooden and never fills the role of a werewolf with anything approaching conviction.
New Moon is also annoyingly geared towards The Twilight Saga’s bread and butter. A young, female audience. Most of the male leads swagger in slow motion, take off their shirts regularly and proudly show off their buffed bodies and sculpted abs. Even Robert Pattinson is guilty of this. Its a disgusting tactic purely designed to appeal to a slavish fanbase. The Twilight Saga: New Moon ends on a cliffhanger, but not one I’m dying to know the outcome of. If it had focused on one single aspect of its story instead of trying to juggle them all like a circus act, it might have made for a better film. Since each one gets a short shrift, it winds up being more a tangle of disconnected strands then a story we can care much about.