By Emily Keahey
In the supernatural world that Bella (Kristen Stewart) desperately wants to become a part of, she finds herself in more danger than ever. In a race against time, Bella must fight for all she loves, as she tries to escape past enemies
Based on the second book in Stephanie Meyers’ series The Twilight Saga: New Moon, which was released Nov. 20, exceeds expectations as an exciting romantic thriller.
Taylor Lautner, who plays Jacob, said, “I think the wonderful thing about this movie is that it has a little bit of everything. It has romance, it has a lot more action, it has suspense and it is a thriller. I think this movie is for everyone and everyone would enjoy it.”
After Edward (Robert Pattinson) saves Bella from the crazed vampire James in
the last movie, the forbidden love between the vampire and human couple continues in this sequel. The two share a perfect summer together and seem completely infatuated with one another, but after her disastrous 18th birthday party Edward deserts her, claiming to no longer love her.
Brokenhearted and depressed, Bella numbly trudges through her senior year of high school, finding solace in the reckless behavior she promised Edward she’d stay away from. With the help of her childhood friend Jacob, small glimpses of happiness return to her life.
A sudden change in Jacob’s behavior leads Bella to learn the Edward’s family aren’t the only ones keeping secrets. The Quileute legends about werewolves
are actually true, and Jacob is one of them
Director Chris Weitz said, “The teen-romance aspect of the first movie grows up a bit. There is the break-up, and it becomes a bit more adult. There are more difficulties to deal with, and in comes Taylor (Jacob) who is Bella’s best
friend but wants to be more, so there is intrigue.”
Bella is caught in the middle of this love triangle. She must choose whether to stay with her best friend, who promised never to hurt her or save the
one she loves from committing suicide. Twi-hard fans have quickly chosen sides, either team Edward or team Jacob. It is actually hard for the normal
moviegoer not to do the same, when swept up in the movie.
Sophomore nursing major, Anna Maniscalco said, “I am team Edward. He is the one Bella cannot live without. They complete each other and can barely survive without the other. On the other hand, Jacob is a great guy. He is sweet and always there, but it isn’t the same kind of love that Bella and Edward share. If Edward wasn’t there I would say OK, but he is, and Jacob just doesn’t stand a chance.”
As expected, this movie is a major hit at the box office. Not only does it hold the all-time midnight screening record with $26.27 million but it also earned $72.7 million on its opening day, taking first place for all-time single day record.
Although the first Twilight movie was a hit with diehard fans, the rest of the public ridiculed it for the cheap cinematography and lousy acting.
From the opening credits, you can tell this movie is going to be different. Although it has its moments, the special effects and better acting make
this sequel a vast improvement from the first.
The Twilight Saga: New Moon tells a story of love, loss and the craziness that surrounds it. Based mainly on the story line and visuals, the movie deserves a solid w4 out of 5 stars.
Rated PG-13 for some violence and action.