Last night I gathered at the movie theater with the book club ladies and saw the next installment of the Twilight movies: New Moon. It was... better than I expected. I tried not to listen to any reviews prior to our showing. I did, however, grudgingly hear one review late Friday afternoon when NPR gave its report. They evicerated the entire film, cast and series. Of course, what do you expect when a teenage vampire love story is being reviewed by a grumpy old man!
What I carried away from New Moon is this: I now like Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart both a little better in their roles as Edward and Bella; I am not completely sold though. Taylor Lautner seems to have added to his acting ability along with his 30 lbs of muscle and teenage angst. I really loved him as Jacob. In fact, I am offically setting up camp on the Team Jacob side of the line. There were more than a few oohs and ahhs from girls and moms alike as he strode around with his shirt off- even some that were not instigated by Sonrisa. =)
I think this director did a much better job than the first. There were significantly fewer ridiculous close ups and awkward shots and the cg work with the wolves was pretty cool -regardless of the fact that when the black wolf first showed up on screen I started having Neverending Story flashbacks. I loved watching the Bella/Jacob relationship develop, enjoyed that Bella narrated her emotional state through emails to Alice and am thrilled that they preserved my favorite part of the book in the film-the three pages which simply say October, November, December.
As for the end, well, as I was waiting outside of the theater for some friends before the show I overheard a rather loud group of teenage girls say, "And you know at the end that Edward proposes." (Yes, I restrained myself and did not drop kick them for spoiling the end of the movie for me!) I was glad to see that the director decided to remain faithful to one of the critical points of the book, despite webchatter to the contrary.
My grade for the movie: a solid B+ (It would have been an A- if Jacob had kept his shirt off the whole time.)