The Twilight Saga: New Moon *1/2 (out of ****)

Director: Chris Weitz
Writers: Melissa Rosenberg based on the novel by Stephanie Meyer
Cast: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Billy Burke, Anna Kendrick, Christina Jastrzembska, Michael Welch, Justin Chon, Christian Serratos, Taylor Lautner, Ashley Greene, Jackson Rathbone, Russell Roberts, Cam Gigandet, Michael Sheen
Rating: PG-13 (some violence and action)
Running Time: 130 min
Release Date: 11/20/09

Given the box office success of last year’s Twilight, it was inevitable the next installment in Stephanie Meyer’s series The Twilight Saga: New Moon would soon be coming to a theatre near you. Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and vampire Edward (Robert Pattinson), her true love, are back for another adventure. This time things get off to a bad start. Bella’s eighteenth birthday causes a lot stress on there relationship. First Bella realizes that she will grow old while Edward remains a permanent teenager which leads to thoughts of her being turned into a vampire which Edward rejects. Then near disaster strikes when Bella gets a paper cut opening her birthday present at a party thrown by the Cullens, Edward’s vampire clan.

Shortly thereafter Edward informs Bella that the whole Cullen clan is leaving Forks. You see, people are starting to notice that their younger members aren’t aging. But, worst of all he tells her that he doesn’t love her. Bella is crushed and seemingly spends all of her free time staring out her bed room window for there months and wakes up screaming from her nightmares. Her father (Billy Burke) knows something is wrong but has no idea just how bad it is.

She eventually starts noticing emerging physique of her American Indian friend Jake (Taylor Lautner). She has also discovered that be doing risky things she see images of Edward. So she shows up in her old red truck at Jake’s with two wrecked motorcycles recovered form the dump for him to fix. She hopes that bike riding will bring more visions of Edward. The younger Jake no doubt flattered by the older girl’s attentions but he is also feeling the stronger pull of the wolf. Yes, you probably guessed it: Jake is a werewolf! Soon he is completely wolfing out to fight bad vampires. Bella just can’t seem to have a normal boyfriend. However, the bad news for Jake is that Edward is in no way out of plot.

New Moon could be considered a story of some girls’ tendencies to go for the bad boys. She continues to avoid the nice kid Mike (Eric Welch) who at least gets her out to see a movie but she brings Jake along for some reason. He has no idea just how far out of her scene his is. What she really wants are vampires and werewolves it would seem. Her father while sympathetic hasn’t a clue what is really going on in her life.

This film is receiving a very strong reception with the female audience. So there will no doubt be another couple on the way given the success of this story in both book and film formats. I found this second installment somewhat boring compared with the original Twilight. But, I did come up with an approach to tackling a math problem that had been whose solution had long eluding me while viewing this film.

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