New Moon (2009)

Film Reviews — By on March 26, 2010 at 11:08 pm

New moon, same weary rubbish…

Okay, okay, I knew going into this movie that I was unlikely to enjoy it. I had thoroughly disliked the first Twilight movie and the trailer for this one looked just as bad. Forced to watch the film with my girlfriend, all of my fears were justified.

This sequel continues the irritating, mopey relationship between teenage girl Bella Swan (Kirsten Stewart) and vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattison) while adding buff Jacob (Taylor Lautner) to give viewers a perfectly measured, tidy little love triangle that nobody really believes in but that kills time until the inevitable finale we can all see coming a mile away.

What was true then is true now, the film is laughably bad in places and of interest only to a) major fans of the book and/or b) teenage girls who either fall in love with Robert Pattison or fall in love with the essence of the tale which, despite it’s vampiric trappings, is really just the standard “unattainable prince in love with a young, common girl” stuff.

Technically, it’s not bad and some of the effects sequences are well handled. Stewart and Pattison are given some truly awful lines to spout and do so with no energy whatsoever. The main plus points I found were the performances from Billy Burke (as Bella’s dad) and Taylor Lautner, who at least puts some believable passion into his performance.

We also get appearances from Dakota Fanning and Michael Sheen, with the former not doing all that much but the latter being as great as ever. I also enjoy any moments with Ashley Greene (as Alice Cullen) in them but that’s just because I think her character is cute and pixie-like.

Basically, once again I find myself writing a rather pointless review. Fans of the franchise will love this while those who never saw the appeal, like myself, will once again wonder what the hell they’re not seeing that so many others do.

Rating: ★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆

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