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November 25, 2009 > Movie Review: Love in the age of vampires - New Moon is a romantic's dream

Movie Review: Love in the age of vampires - New Moon is a romantic's dream

Review by Shavon Walker

It seems as though Chris Weitz (director), Stephanie Meyer and Melissa Rosenberg (screenplay) had a good, long discussion after the first movie. "New Moon", the latest installment in the movie version of Stephanie Meyer's novels, is much better than "Twilight" and makes Romeo and Juliet look like callous, uncaring teenagers. The romance between Edward and Bella is a strong as ever, but is given new challenges due to the vengeful Victoria (Rachel Lefevre) and the unrequited love of Bella's best friend from childhood, Jacob (Taylor Lautner).

Meyer's original story translates beautifully to movie format, thanks to excellent writing from Rosenberg. A lot of time and energy was spent on making this as true to the book as possible and it shows. The dialog and reactions of the characters may seem a bit extreme - does anyone really go into a catatonic state for four months over a breakup?- but it is important to note that for all the main characters, this is their first experience with true love. Passion and misery are part of being in love, and though it may seem melodramatic at times, the reality of this is played out on the screen. Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson's electricity is undeniable.

Special effects of this film are extraordinary. Meyer writes about the speed of her vampires in detail; Weitz does an impressive job bringing her words to life on the screen. When Victoria is chased by a pack of werewolves, she runs so fast she starts to blur. The werewolves, no slowpokes themselves, are able to shape-shift from human to wolf in the blink of an eye, and in one case, mid jump. They are wolf-like in shape, but much, much larger than any common species; the werewolves look quite capable of being a match for the vampire clans. As humans, they are muscular young men; a shout of approval went up from the audience when one of the pack took off his shirt to help stanch Bella's head wound.

The background for certain scenes are truly cinematic in their look. The forest is lush with green and brown colors; one can almost hear water dripping from the branches as characters make their way through it. All of the natural settings lend a fantasy feel to the entire movie. This makes sense, since the plot involves fantasy beings in a real world situation.

Twilight fans will cheer for Team Edward and root for Bella. Movie lovers will enjoy the cinematography, music and special effects. Romantics at heart will love it all. This movie has something for everyone.

110 minutes
Rated PG-13 for violence and action

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