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New Moon
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03.29.2010 By: Chris Bumbray
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Director:
Chris Weitz

Actors:
Kristen Stewart
Robert Pattinson
Taylor Lautner

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Broody vampire Edward (Robert Pattinson) leaves his true love Bella (Kristen Stewart) in the arms of her werewolf best friend Jacob (Taylor Lautner) when he becomes convinced that his family’s bloodlust will lead to her doom.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I tried. I really, really tried to give NEW MOON a chance. Until getting the DVD review copy of NEW MOON in the mail, I’ve avoided the TWILIGHT saga like the plague. However, once I got my hands on the disc, I couldn’t resist giving it a spin so that I could see first hand what exactly it is about this franchise that gets people so hot and bothered.

Frankly, I don’t get it. Sure, I imagine teen girls love the romantic story, along with the two six packed leading men, but is that enough to explain the fact that NEW MOON made over $700 Million worldwide??? Is every teen girl on the planet seeing this thing multiple times? I just don’t get it! To each their own I guess…

Basically, NEW MOON is like a feature-length, bad WB show from the nineties, completely with absolutely laughable CGI (Jacob’s werewolf transformations are astonishingly bad), hammy acting (even from the normally talented Stewart), and shockingly poor production values. Considering the amount of cash these films are pulling in, you’d think the studio behind them would actually put some money into them! It’s sad that Chris Weitz, who in another life directed ABOUT A BOY, is stuck making films like this, as he deserves better. I also take issue with the downright oppressive 130 minute running time, which is pretty much all talking/fawning, occasionally broken up by scenes of the leads brooding, which I must admit, all three do well…

The only good thing about NEW MOON is the admittedly great song score, with tracks by Thom Yorke, Muse, and others, but THE LOST BOYS this is not…
THE EXTRAS
TWILIGHT fans will be pleased by the numerous extras, starting with a commentary track from director Chris Weitz and editor Peter Lambert, which is about as boring as these things get. Next up- we get some tedious featurettes. First, Life after TWILIGHT which is basically Pattinson bitching about how the franchise has made him too rich and famous (poor guy). Lautner seems to be the only person actually having any fun. Next: Chris Weitz Takes the Helm which is basically a chance for all the actors to fawn over their new director.

The Subtle Details and A Look at the Production add up to about a forty minute making of, which is sure to please the TWILLIGHT-er's, while It's Not Magic examines the throughly awful effects. Finally, we get Ready for the World m a look at the post-production process, and some music videos , and a behind the scenes look at Muse (one of my favorite bands) performing their contribution to the soundtrack.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I don't want it to seem like I'm being too hard on a franchise so many people obviously love, but NEW MOON is just a shockingly bad film considering how much money it pulled in at the box office. Maybe the studio will upgrade the effects and production values in the next film, but frankly- I don't even care. This one visit to the TWILIGHT universe is enough for me.
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