Monday, November 23, 2009

My New Moon Review


Okay, now that I gave you a fair warning, this is my review of New Moon...What I loved, what I liked, what made me cry, what made me laugh and how well I think Chris Weitz did.

We got at the theater at roughly 9:00 pm EST on Friday, November 20, 2009 to find no parking, not a problem, theres an outlet mall next to the theater so we just walked from there. It was MADNESS at the theater! SO MANY people were lined up, most for the 9:45 showing, we had tickets to the 10:17 showing. Well, it turns out that at 9:10 WE were allowed in our auditorium! And hour and 7 minutes early with TONS of people in line...oh it was awesome. Kait & I abandoned my husband for few minutes to get popcorn & drinks, (Kait is my best friend, and we call each other sisters).

We fought the fellow twi hards in the lines to get our snackies & drinks. Yikes, there were so many people there. But we did get through (amazingly) and went back to our auditorium.

I'll skip the previews and such (except for Remember Me...I cannot wait to see it!!!!) and get right to the movie. The theater got really quiet as the title came across the screen and the moon got smaller.

First, we hear Bella talking and get a glimpse of Volterra and her run to save Edward, a great prelude if you ask me. The lighting is amazing in that scene.

The dream sequence is great(SOOOOO glad they included it!!) but my husband has no idea whats going on, he never read New Moon. I really think they captivate just what Bella is thinking in that scene, that she will be getting older & older as Edward remains his youthful 17.

Next, Charlie comes in to wish Bella a Happy Birthday as she wakes up and hands her the camera & scrap book from Charlie & Renee. Bella's bedroom has changed a bit, and I like it even more. Who ever is the prop director, you're awesome! Seriously!

Next, Bella heads off to school, and waits for Edward. As he arrives, she has to catch her breath as he gets of his volvo (which is now a cross over & is black). Jake arrives too, to give her a gift, a dream catcher. As Bella hugs him, Jake is looking over Bella's shoulder with a smug grin on his face at Edward. Sort of like a "Ha Ha, I'm hugging your girl" sort of look.

Skipping ahead a bit... the party scene at the Cullen's was beautifully set up, thank you again Prop Master! It was absolutely gorgeous and I can totally see Alice setting something like this up! Emmett says to Edward "You're dating an older woman... hot!" and Edward gives him a look like "Shut UP!". Too funny. They go through the gift giving (Rosalie being a bitch as always, lol. "Its a necklace. Alice picked it out.", Emmett says he's installed the sound system in her truck, etc.) and finally they get to Esme & Carlisle present, plane tickets to Jacksonville (which they never SAY is the present, but Esme says "You have been looking a little pale lately") and as she is opening them, Bella gets a paper cut. Edward's first reaction is to look at Jasper, and Jasper turns into a totally new side of Jasper. And actually, you can see his eye color change very quickly to black. He evades everyones grasp at first and Edward throws Jasper & Bella in opposite directions. Finally he is detained by Carlisle & Emmett and poor Alice feels so bad about it all and has to leave to help with Jasper. Edward leaves too, and Bella is taken to Carlisle's office to remove the shards of glass.

I like how Bella & Carlisle's conversation go, and I am so pleased that they included the painting of Carlisle with the Volturi, very cool & to the book...just BEHIND a book.. lol, whatever. It is sort of frightning when Aro snaps that guys neck and his body crumbles like marble...which I guess is a symbol, because of you think about it, Bella has always claimed that Edward was like Marble. Thank you Chris Weitz!!!

Next we see the kiss that everyone has been talking about, and the Edward moan that sent every girl in that theater crazy!!! It was very passionate if I do say so myself, and pained on Edward's side. You could feel his pain, Rob Pattinson is an amazing actor.

Edward isnt in school the next day, and Bella can't figure out why. When she gets home, Edward says they need to take a walk, and this is the breakup scene. Let me just say, Kristen Stewart is extremely talented. Bella's pain was tangible, you could feel it! My own heart was breaking! (of course, I cried in this point of the book) And I was crying, as was almost every girl in the theater. It was extremely sad. I think it was saddest when she was running in the forest screaming "Edward!" trying to find him again. She stumbles and falls, and just curls up and sobbs. We see a large black wolf looking at her, and then we see Sam running shirtless with Bella in his arms.

Bella is then passed off to a very very worried Daddy Swan and asks Sam if shes alright. Billy Burke is the best Charlie, let me just say! You could feel just how worried he was, it was a very emotional scene.

We then see the months pass as the world passes Bella by with her hardly noticing. She is just so so so depressed, and I love how they set this time passing up, with the seasons changing while shes looking out her window, it was a cool way to do it. You can see the pain in Bella's eyes, I cried at this point too. Poor Bella.

Charlie confronts her one morning and tells her he & Renee are very worried about her and that maybe she should go live in Jacksonville for a new start. Bella says "I want to live in Forks." and Charlie replies "He isn't coming back..." She then says that she will be going to go with Jessica that night because she hasnt seen any of her friends and Charlie has picked up on it.

In Port Angeles, Jessica is talking about the movie and about zombies & what they are supposed to represent & mean (lol, too funny). Bella then realizes that when she sees a group of bikers that are beckoning her, that she can see Edward and hear him warning her to stop. And to see & hear him again, she goes with the biker. Jessica was NOT happy.

I like that Jessica's character has transformed a little & that we see a little more of her, thats good! And I like her zombie analysis, lol.

Bella brings the bikes to Jake's house and she is just so happy to see him. The movie progresses with them spending time with one another and building a bond. He continues to fix the bike while Bella stands by his side. Soon, the bikes are finished, and they hop in Bella's truck to head to ride them. But before they reach their destination, Bella sees Sam & his "discipiles" cliff diving, and Bella thinks they are trying to kill themselves, but Jake explains. Bella notices Embry now hanging around with Sam...and asks about him. Soon, they head to ride the bikes, and again, Bella hears & sees Edward. She ends up loosing control of her bike...

and this is when we see Jake take his shirt off to help with Bella's bleeding, and she says "You're sorta beautiful...". Very cool scene all in all, Taylor Lautner is just such a talented young actor.

Eventually, Bella asks Mike Newton if he'd like to go to the movie theater with her and see some god awful horror film. Jake goes along too (as you know if you've read New Moon). And WOW is Jake super protective of Bella!! (Oh, by the way, Mike Newton's hair is MUCH darker in New Moon, not sure why...)

Mike says he going to be sick and ends up being in the bathroom. Jake calls him a "marshmallow" and Jake & Bella start talking about their relationship...Jake wants to hold her hand and Bella explains that it means something different to both of them... meaning she just sees them as best friends. They continue talking, and finally Mike resurfaces from the bathroom. Jake SNAPS at him, full of rage and says he doesnt feel well himself.

Weeks go by, we see Bella wanting to talk to Jake, calling again and again. Billy tells her Jake has come down with Mononucleosis. She finally cannot take it anymore and shows up at the Black's home. Its raining and Jake is outside, with no shirt on. His hair is gone, and she asks him what is going on, why she never hears from him or anything. He is very very very rude & pushy and she can't figure out why. The wold pack are seen at the edge of the tree line, waiting.

One night, Bella hears rocks being thrown at her window, and looks to see what is going on. Jake stands there, and tells her that he will be right up. He asks her if she has ever had a secret that she couldnt tell anyone, and of course she has! He says that the worst part is that she already knows, and he brings up the story he told her in La Push and she only recalls the Cullens being "The Cold Ones" and Jake says "Of course you only remember that part..."

Yikes, I've just realized I've told about 1/4 of the movie right here! I'll skip to my favorites & why they're my favorites.

Break Up Scene
Yes, I actually like this scene, but NOT because they break up... I like it because of the emotion in this scene, Kristen Stewart did PHENOMENAL, she made me feel Bella's pain, and I don't find that with most movies. And the forest is beautiful, great scenery. And I like the scenes that follow it, the emails to Alice, the depression, the screaming in her sleep with Charlie running in... it was so emotional, all I did was cry.

Wolf Scenes
I like ALL of the wolf scenes, the CGI is amazing, absolutely amazing. I love Paul/Jake scuffle & how they break Billy's boat, very cool. I particularly like the bad vamp & wolf scenes, how they are trying to kill Laurent & Victoria.

The Jasper Scene
Call me crazy, but I did enjoy this scene. The effects used are so amazing, and I found it VERY cool that they had Jasper's eye color change to black, that he was thirsty. It was very weird to see him like that, but I liked it a lot.

Alice is back scene
I really liked when Alice came back and was like "Can you explain to me HOW you're alive?" I liked the dialogue between she & Bella and then between Alice & Jake, a lot of her lines made me snicker. It killed me to see Edward crush the phone, I felt like screaming "NO EDWARD! SHES NOT DEAD!!!!!" but obviously... its just a movie, lol.

Jake, Edward & Bella...end scene
I cried during this last scene too...when Bella tells you "You know its going to be him...", it killed me. And then Jake in wolf form has a tear in his eye and runs off... heart breaking. And of course, when Edward tells Bella that she must marry him before he will change her... more tears! I am tearing up writing this!

All in all.... the best movie I've ever seen, no joke... and 100% better than Twilight. Thank you so much Chris Weitz, you are amazing.