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Last night I watched New Moon, the movie adaptation of the book by the same name!
After a disastrous birthday party in which Bella is almost killed, Edward decides that it would be safer for her if he were not a part of her life. Abandoned by her true love, Bella is swallowed by depression. Her friend Jacob Black starts to bring a little light back into her life, though he is hiding a secret of his own. And though Edward tried, Bella is still in danger. Will Edward and Bella be reunited, or will Bella fall for her best friend, Jacob? If you want to know more about what I thought of the book, check out my book review.
Overall, I would say that this movie is on par with the previous one, Twilight. It’s a must-see if you’re a fan of the series, and an okay movie if you like paranormal romance in general.
Let’s just jump right into my criticisms. I really like the look of the Cullen family, but especially in the scenes where the whole family is interacting together, they are way too unnatural. That is rather a disappointment because in the books you get a sense that this is a family that is warm, loving, and really watches out for each member. For some reason that warmth and family atmosphere did not translate through in the movie. That’s too bad.
My second criticism is over the slight changes made to the original story. In the movie they make it seem like Carlisle doubts whether vampires have souls, when in the book he actually does have faith in an afterlife. Also, they manufactured the scene where Victoria is hunting Charlie, and Harry Clearwater saves him by essentially sacrificing himself. Maybe they wanted to make Harry’s death tie into the vampire theme a little more, instead of somebody dying of natural causes? There were several other changes made to the story, most of them seemingly slight, but they add up over time to produce a story which kind of rankles if you’re a big fan of the book. I’m not a huge fan of changing a story when translating it to film, if there doesn’t seem to be a good reason for it.
Finally, my biggest criticism is how they changed the romantic tension between Jacob and Bella. The book is quite clear that Jacob is very interested in Bella in a romantic way, but she never seriously entertains the idea of getting involved with him romantically. All of those almost-kisses in the movie are completely made up, and I think it complicates their relationship in a way that isn’t true to the original story.
There are also some things which I really liked! Edward is still sultry and amazing. I enjoy his acting style and think he really nailed the sexy vampire thing. Jacob is amazing, too! He is warm, intense and down-to-earth–just like Jacob is supposed to be. Finally, the werewolves were very cool! I pictured them a bit larger in my head, but they were still impressive. I love the whole new mystical side which is added to the story with the wolves. Grudgingly, I’ll add that Stewart displayed more convincing emotions in this movie than in the previous one. Perhaps she’s just a very subdued kind of person.
I recommend this movie to ladies in their teens and older who enjoy a good paranormal romance. If you are a fan of the Twilight series, I think you would enjoy this movie.
Rating: 3 1/2 Stars
Until next time…
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