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Friday, November 20, 2009

New Moon Review

The New Moon midnight premier opened to cloudy skies, and a surprisingly uncrowded theater in Gainesville. The number of movie-goers sharply increased following a more saga-appropriate turnout for the 3am screening, as people lined throughout and outside of the Regal Cinemas in Butler Plaza. Walking out of the movie, found a mixed-bag of reviews, with avid book fans disappointed at the movie translation and others enthralled by the magic that is the Edward-Bella love story.

The second installment of Stephanie Meyer’s vampire book series continues the fantasy love story between a vampire, Edward Cullen, and a human teenage girl, Bella Swan. We see as Bella’s world falls apart after being abandoned by Edward, and she eventually finds comfort in Jacob Black, an old-friend, and mid-way into the movie, a werewolf. The story leads up to the final choice of Bella having to choose between Edward and Jacob (as if there was ever really a question).

If you go into New Moon with high expectations, you will leave disappointed. The below par acting, overdramatized, unsound special effects and the beyond corny scenes will leave you feeling a bit cheap and undersold. On the other hand, if you approach New Moon for what it is- a silly adventure romance – the movie doesn’t fail to amuse.

The true and undeniable flop of the movie goes to Taylor Lautner, who plays Jacob. Not even his Greek-god physique or Hollywood-watt smile can make up for his complete lack of acting skills. The cast is saved by the obvious chemistry between Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattison as Bella and Edward, which is all that really matters as the true catalyst behind the Twilight-mania. Dakota Fanning also impressed in the role of underworld princess Jane. The small role might just be what she needed to make the transition from creepy child actor to more grown-up roles. We still can't imagine a better Bella than Kristen, whose naturally awkward disposition make her perfect for playing the insecure and clumsy teenage role.

If you’re in for some mindless fun this weekend put aside your snobbery – no, the movie will never be as good as the book, and a beefed-up budget does not an Oscar-worthy make - and get lost in some New Moon fun. If anything, check it out for the soundtrack. With tracks by Bon Iver and Thom Yorke, New Moon might serve the higher purpose of introducing mainstream-loving teens to some good artists.

-Stephanie Granada

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