For me, the most entertaining thing about The Twilight Saga: New Moon — aside from a lot of inadvertent humor — was the audience. At a preview screening, hordes of tweens — some accompanied by their mothers — screamed each time one of the major male characters appeared sans shirt. The audience’s amusing hyperventilation kept my bad will at bay — and allowed me to enjoy this amazingly silly movie for what it is, a pre-teen phenomenon. That’s good because as a movie, New Moon hardly merits a mention, particularly for those of us who prefer the grown-up vampires on HBO’s True Blood.
For 27 years, Robert Denerstein was the film critic at The Rocky Mountain News. Read more of Robert's reviews at Denerstein Unleashed.
In this chapter, Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) spends most of the movie pining for Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), the vampire who leaves her because he fears he’ll be unable to protect her from all manner of supernatural dangers. In Edward’s absence, Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) becomes Bella’s protector: He’s a werewolf — or at least he’s able to turn himself into a CGI version of a giant, snarling beast.
Much of New Moon takes place in the northwestern forests of the United States, but this edition stretches its budget to travel to Italy where Edward appears before the Volturi, a trio of vampires who seem to be more powerful than ordinary vamps.
Edward’s departure leaves Bella feeling as if she has a hole in her chest. Unless you’re 12 or 13, the movie may leave you feeling as if you’ve got a hole in your head. But I guess there’s something to be said for a movie that poses an unusual question for a teen-age girl: Would a vampire or a werewolf make the better lover?
Not being one who cares much about the answer, I found myself wondering whether Bella wouldn’t be better off putting some effort into her SATs. But, hey, that’s just me.