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The Twilight Saga: New Moon: Movie Review

Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Romance
Rated: PG-13
Directed by:
Chris Weitz
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Dakota Fanning
Released by: Summit Entertainment

In Short: This much-anticipated second chapter in the Twilight saga is a mostly depressed, plodding tale, despite being populated with vampires and werewolves. Where’s the excitement?!

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Vampires and Werewolves and Damsels in Distress, Oh My!

Director Catherine Hardwicke is probably chuckling with delight right now, as audiences take in the sequel to her hugely popular film “Twilight.” She’s laughing, because the bosses at Summit Entertainment decided to fire her for the sequel, “The Twilight Saga: New Moon,” the second in the four-film series based on the novels by Stephanie Meyer, and her replacement, New Moon director Chris Weitz, has fumbled the sequel.

Weitz’s take on the star-crossed tale of Bella the human, Edward the vampire, and Jacob the werewolf is a ploddingly paced sigh fest, with only a few exciting highlights. Those cool moments, such as when the werewolves appear for the first time, for example, are just too few and far between. Most of the movie is mired in Bella’s depression over Edward’s disappearance from her life, and it makes us just as depressed to watch it.

The Twilight Saga: New Moon - Kristen Stewart The Twilight Saga: New Moon - Robert Pattinson

Sure, the teen set in the audience actually let out screams when Taylor Lautner (as Jacob) first pulled off his shirt and revealed his much-publicized six pack, and there were audible sighs each time Bella and Edward locked lips, but overall the film moves along like molasses, with little to cheer about. Even the sequences set in Italy, introducing the powerful vampire coven known as the Volturi, are less than scintillating, despite the beautiful backdrops of that gorgeous country and the addition of the talented actor Michael Sheen as their leader.

Part of the problem with “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” is that this is just a transition sequel, not a film that can stand on its own as a work of art. If you have not seen the first film or read any of the books, you will be at a loss as to what is going on in this one, until about halfway through the movie.

But for those who live and die by this story and by the actors who assay the leading roles, the fact that “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” isn’t a particularly good flick won’t matter at all. They’re already in line at the theater. For all others, beware. The bite of this sequel isn’t exactly transforming.

Reviewed by Jenny Peters

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Updated: (02/10/10 AR)

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