hi there! as I promised I'm dedicating a journal entry to New Moon ( I also changed the journal skin
now first of all SPOILER ALERT! so if you haven't seen the movie and you don't want to be influenced by my opinions, stop reading....
last wednsday I went to see New Moon. I was very excited because I really wanted to know how it was going to be, and also how the new director changed the story and adapted it for the big screen. Like the last time I was also scared that they would transform it into a all-action bluckbuster, which is cool, but real fans know that is not the point of the story.
the cinema was, as I expected, full of young teenagers, and I confess that worried me even more, because I was scared that they would have screamed everytime Edward or Jacob would came out. lucky for me they remained calm, just a couple of flashes now and then whe Rob or Jake where on sceen.
Now the movie... starting from the beginning the movie immediately apperas very faithful to the book, Bella's dream is described very well. I appreciated very much the part where they see Romeo & Juliet, Eric's face was so funny, and honestly Edward repeating Romeo's lines was great!
asfor the birthday scene I loved the action, but to be honest I wished they made it more cheerful at the beginning...they all looked a bit too embarassed and Edward was so serious all the time. In my mind on the contrary, this first part appears far more happy, which makes it in contrast to the second part. I wish the director put more stress on the difference between the "before the party" and the "after party".
Very well done the part when Bella runs trough the forest looking for edward and of course I LOVED when the 2 green eyes of a wolf appeared on the screen!
kristen Steward did a good job portraying Bella's sadness and emptyness, she really looked hollow. nice also How the have shown the passing of the months, with just a sequence of season's changing.
Taylor Lautner proved he can act and he looked absolutely gorgeous. just one thing, in the scene where he reveals the truth to Bella I've always imagined him more "angry",and frustrated about the fact he couldn't reveal the truth, but I appreciated the fact that the actor showed the pain Jacob felt when realizing he was hurting bella (again).
of course a bigger budjet means more special effects, and were're all grateful for that. the meadow scene with Laurent and the wof pack was great, I imagine it exactley tha same, except for Laurent, but the movie version is cool too.
the biggest surprise were of course the Volturi and I was dyeing to see them! Michael Sheen (Aro) proved to be perfect for the part, he's got that creepy look and that disturbing smile which makes him perfect for the role, a bit disappointing the other 2 I would have inverted the actors so that the one playing Marcus should have been Caius and viceversa. I also appreciated Dakota Fanning performance. I have been a fan of her since the first time I read she was going to play Jane. With those giant crimson eyes, Dakota was absolutely gorgeous and I liked the fact she looked like a little girl except for her eyes and expression.
and then....the end. oh yeah, the choice of the director was...unexpected. to end a movie in that way was both disappointing and frustrating. everyone was left wondering for a minute if something was wrong with the movie or if it was really the end of it...after a minute of silence everybodt realized it was really finished and I could hear the "ohhhhhhhh, nooooooooo" coming from the audience. I have to confess I loved to see the people's faces, they were so fun!
general opinion: good, more faithful to the book than the first one for sure.
negative aspects: I missed the cold atmosphere of the first one, and the soundtrack. I liked the main theme of Twilight and I was disappointed they didn't include it in the second chapter. and I missed the female touch in it. say what you want about Catherine Hardwicke,but I liked how she made the movie more feminine? if this is the right word to use.
actors performance: good, even if Edward looked a bit stiff, and definetly too depressed expecially in the end, when on the contrary he should have looked relieved. to me he should have looked more "passionate" instead of miserable.
nice performance of Taylor Lautner.
Kristen was good, but it seems very hard for her to just smile...
recommendations: if you are a fan of the saga you should like it of course,many will say they liked this movie more because it reflected more the book and its descriptions.
Chris Weitz showed he really cared about the fans opinion and gave them what they were expecting: a visual representation of what was in their mind
I'm not disappointed at all, but of course, as in the first chapter, nothing can be compared to the book.
now the count down to Eclipse begins................