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December 11, 2009


Filed under: Their Films — Rajeev @ 2:58 am

December 11, 2009

Cast: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner

Direction: Chris Weitz

There’s way too much tortured acting going on in The Twilight Saga: New Moon, even for those like me who enjoyed the earlier film.

Picking up where Twilight left off, this film follows moody teenager Bella Swan as she’s dumped by her vampire boyfriend Edward Cullen for fear of hurting her. She spends months on end moping in her bedroom, before another boy falls in love with her. But Bella isn’t destined to have a normal relationship. Turns out her new guy, the hunky Jacob Black is a werewolf.

What bogs down this second film that’s been adapted from Stephenie Meyer’s bestselling novels, is the morose nature of Bella and Edward’s romance. Robert Pattinson, who became an overnight heartthrob since appearing in Twilight, plays Edward Cullen as a brooding, humorless fellow with almost no personality at all. Doesn’t help that Kristen Stewart’s Bella is a bland and passive character who remains sullen and self-absorbed throughout the film, pleading Edward to “change her” and then going into some sort of blue funk each time he turns her down.

While the first film and its director Catherine Hardwicke successfully managed to capture the virginal yearning in Bella, New Moon directed by Chris Weitz, only gets the action portions right. The scene in which Jacob (played by Taylor Lautner) first morphs into a CGI werewolf and leaps onto another of his species is nothing short of stunning, and the same can be said for a musical sequence in which a pack of werewolves chase a female vampire through a thick forest.

But these are small consolations in what is otherwise a painfully long, uniformly boring melodrama with affected performances from each of its three leads.

It’s an ordeal to endure mostly for its maudlin, morose tone. I’m going with one-and-a-half out of five for The Twilight Saga: New Moon; it made a ton of money when it released internationally, but that doesn’t make it any good. Watch it entirely at your own risk

(This review first aired on CNN-IBN)

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