The second installment of the Twilight Saga has been released, and the unbearably forboding question hangs in the balance: “Is it any good?”
Well, it’s tolerable at best, but it doesn’t really matter.
In fact, as a vampire movie, most of the sucking only existed in the writing and acting.
But only few will remember the writing, which is commonly an integral part of any film. Luckily for the suits, it’s not what crazed fans care about.
They want to see the much-anticipated Jacob (Taylor Lautner) versus Edward (Robert Pattinson) showdown. Two heartthrobs on one screen is more than some Twi-hards can handle. When shirts come off and heavy breathing envelop the easily appeased audience, all else is forgotten. The action sequences are enthralling, but unfortunately cannot fully be appreciated without a gradual growth of heightened suspense- which the film wholeheartedly lacks.
With Chris Weitz as the new director, he hardly had any pressure to be better than the first. And although he did manage to slightly pull out on top, it doesn’t really say much.
The most redeeming part of the film, however, is the soundtrack. Although the score is beyond cliché and unoriginal, the songs are the most expressive part of the film.
“New Moon” may be best appreciated with muted dialogue and amplified song lyrics.
Regardless, based on the hysteria and mania the "Twilight" series has caused, the film can’t help but be a success. Truthfully, it’s hardly a film to be preserved in any cinema vault, but a guilty pleasure nonetheless.