– 4 out of 5 stars

Woohoo! New Moon did not disappoint!

Seriously, I wasn’t that into New Moon as I did with Twilight (which would explain the lack of posts regarding New Moon) because there had really too much publicity. Plus, the number of reviews I’ve read that said it sucked – countless. But as a slightly more objective viewer this year, I think it’s not bad.

Basically, it’s Bella’s 18th birthday and the Cullens have offered to celebrate it for her. But a papercut proves fatal when Jasper (the newest “vegetarian” vampire) tries to attack Bella. Edward, in order to protect Bella, leaves Forks and Bella utterly heartbroken. She seeks comfort in Jacob Black, who turns out to be a werewolf. But a series of unexpected events occur and Bella has to rush to Italy to save Edward from destruction.

I thought the part where Edward left Bella was really, really sad. My tears welled up slowly as the scenes progressed, with Bella becoming less of a person. Though I still think the book expressed the sadness better. When Jacob appeared, Bella was less mopey and I don’t know how she can concentrate on her lines when she’s seeing so much muscle. There was a scene when Bella fell from the bike and Jacob was like, “you’re bleeding” and proceeded to take his shirt off to clean off the blood. Hello?! Wouldn’t there be more blood since your heart is beating faster? Anyway, the wolves are pretty scary at first. I got a shock when I heard the first growl. It was LOUD.

(There’s definitely a lot more Team Jacob after this instalment cos I saw (crazy) people trying to hold Taylor Lautner’s cardboard hands. But there were (crazy) people trying to hug Robert Pattinson’s cardboard body too…)

There were comical elements too, especially Jasper. Somehow, I don’t think they explained much about the wolves or the Volturi – maybe that will come in Eclipse. Marcus and Caius (other members of the Volturi) seem bored while Aro enjoys decapitating vampires. However, the fight scenes involving them are ground-breaking, like, literally. Lastly, I think the ending was perfect! Girls (most of them) will definitely swoon at Edward’s last sentence.

And I’m glad the soundtrack was integrated into the film nicely! They played The Killers’ A White Demon Love Song during the first half of the credits – hurray!

 Eclipse opens June 30, 2010 in the USA.

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