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"New Moon" is painfully mediocre, but it will hardly matter

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.

Comments

  • Britney 4 years ago

    The best part of the movie was the fact that Bella and Edward kissed much more than during twilight....If Chris Weitz directs Breaking Dawn as Kristen Stewart requested we will all be sorry!

  • Jen 4 years ago

    The writer of this article is truly a complete idiot.

  • Chris 4 years ago

    [i]In fact, as a vampire movie, most of the sucking only existed in the writing and acting.[/i]

    LOL! Wow, you don't mince words, do you? I love the dark humor...

    As you well know, the quality of writing doesn't matter a whit to female tweens, who are hypnotized by the sight of a shirtless hottie. So reviewing "New Moon" is a Sisyphean task, an exercise in futility, as the film's target audience isn't likely to be dissuaded from seeing the film based on a bad review (unless the reviewer mentions how the vampire has a receding hair-line, beer belly, etc).

    So reviewing "New Moon" is as futile as writing a music review of Insane Clown Posse, or discussing religion with a cult member who comes a-knockin' at your door: good luck with THAT! Rhetoric exercise, yes; changing minds, no.)

    But nevertheless, YOU are a talented writer, so keep those writing chops in shape! I like your economy of words, and your ability to say much with few words (and clearly I'm incapable of that!).

  • Chris 4 years ago

    Ooops: 'rhetorical exercise'.

    Perhaps a better topic might be an analysis of WHY the film series is so popular with young females, and what message is communicated, etc. WHY is this series popular, and WHY now, at this point in time?

    (And it all started with Buffy, and degenerated from there. I've got my own ideas, but it's not MY essay). Just sayin', there's lots of meat on dem' bones.

    But I guess you'd then be outside the realm of a film review, and writing a minor treatise about current teen cultural phenomena...

  • Bertha 4 years ago

    I LOVED IT!!!I SAW IT WITH ALL MY BEST FRIENDS! THE SOUNDTRACK IS AMAZING!!!!!!! YOUR SO RIGHT!

  • Sara 4 years ago

    I can't believe i waited in line for two hours to see it at midnnight! but omggggg soo worth taylor's abs!!! go team jacob!!!

  • Kate 4 years ago

    Chris- dead-on. And the potential for exploring the mob mentality surrounding the pop phenom is endless....could be it's own book or movie!

  • Veronica 4 years ago

    I thought the soundtrack was lacking... and why did they get rid of Carter Burmwell's lullaby- Bertha is an idiot!

  • Veronica 4 years ago

    I thought the soundtrack was lacking... and why did they get rid of Carter Burmwell's lullaby- Bertha is an idiot!

  • Bertha 4 years ago

    Veronica- your an idiot!! if you want that song buy it on itunes duh!! maybe other people lked it and thought it went really well with the movie, ok??? Especially the song when shes going through that really hard time sitting by the window.

  • Chris 4 years ago

    Ixnay on the diotisay name-calling stuff. OK, so yeah, we're all idiots... Your (sic) welcome. :)

    Chief idiot being me: here I was thinking there might be something deeper driving the current fascination with vampires, but then I see Sara's comment:

    "I can't believe i waited in line for two hours to see it at midnnight! but omggggg soo worth taylor's abs!!! go team jacob!!!"

    Which basically confirms it ain't that deep, after all. Like Freud said, sometimes a cigar is simply a cigar (and the fascination is simply because Taylor's abs are hot: I mean, duh?).

    So forget the Buffy female empowerment theories, the kicking vampiric ass, etc. It's all about the abs.

    Kudos though, ladies, as you've come a long way with equal rights (where any male who said a movie was worth it, just to see Jessica Alba's butt, would be labeled a chauvinist pig)!

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