This review was originally posted over at Realms & Galaxies: Celebrating SFF on the 30th of November 2009.
Hey everyone, hope you all had an enjoyable weekend! 🙂 Mine could have been much better, but hey, you take the good with the bad, right?
Anyway, so I went to go watch New Moon. I really should have waited for DVD, as well as listened to @mattlibrarian; it was a waste of time and money.
We sat down to watch it, thinking that the hype must be deserved – after all, other than Harry Potter, this is the biggest movie-series to hit the cinema in recent history, and millions of poor girls lose their minds every time the simple word, ‘Edward’ is uttered aloud. An d I will admit, in many cases, this mania towards The Twilight Saga is deserved – it takes a sharp eye to notice when the masses are ripe to exploited, and the teams of people behind the marketing drives have gone well above the call of duty in making sure that everyone alive (practically) knows about the movies.
I’ll also freely admit that I liked the first movie; Twilight was not only not as soppy as I thought it would be, but it also succeeded in making Vampires interesting again – at least for me. (I still believe, though, that Lestat, Marius and even poor Louis would put a huge smackdown on the Cullen-family, in terms of both power and pure style) I walked out of that movie thinking, “Okay, not bad, I’ll be watching New Moon when it hits the screen.” I wasn’t hooked on Stephanie Meyer’s books (I have yet to read any of her work) but I was on the front lines, working in a bookstore as I do. So seeing the mania grow did its part in insulating me from its effects, you could say. 🙂 But yes, I did enjoy Twilight, the movie.
But New Moon… It really was a waste. First of all, the director of Twilight should have been kept on to direct New Moon. Twilight flows where it must, speeds when needed, and had a palpable atmosphere of danger when Bella was being targeted by the rogue vampires (including Victoria). New Moon supposedly upped the stakes, pushing Bella into more danger, but you couldn’t tell. And that, I’m afraid, was mostly due to the acting of Ms Stewart. The only time there was any real emotion from her was in the sequences when she was having nightmares, and then we didn’t even get to see her face, just heard her screaming. I’ve never been so frustrated by an actor before, honestly. There was no variation at all in her acting, and Bella (as far as I can tell from friends who have read all the books) was ripped to shreds. She seemed like an Emo-chic that I would just as soon frown at and ignore than have to rely on her to tell a tale that’ll keep me interested.
Another aspect of the movie that dragged it down even further into the muck was the pacing – I was literally waiting for something to happen that might push my heart-rate up a bit, even during the (I have to admit) excellent fight-scenes involving the Wolves Vs Vampire and Vampire Vs Vampires. The movie dragged too much. And someone please explain why it seemed that no-one could speak coherently? Or at a steady, normal pace? Why did it take 30 seconds to say three words?
Anyway, suffice it to say that I did not enjoy the movie at all. But I will say this – I’ll be reading the books. Often, an adaptation is terrible because it’s difficult to adapt it to the screen, and that usually implies that the book itself is excellent. Case in point, Thomas Harris’ Hannibal. So I’ll read the books, sometime, and offer my thoughts on them – hopefully before Eclipse hits the screen. 🙂