“New Moon, same story.”

The Twilight saga continues with the second film, New Moon. This generates two very different reactions. One being high pitched screams and over exuberant elation the other being a casual, “eh, so what”. Meaning that fans of the best selling teen geared novels are so ready to see Edward and Bella back on the screen that nothing anyone says will sway them. For the rest of the movie fans who hold no allegiance, this review is for you. Because at the end of the day it is a movie and you need to know what you are getting into. Trust me.

New Moon picks up pretty much where last years Twilight left off. The characters have grown a bit over the summer and as Bella (Kristen Stewart) returns to High School for her senior year she is once again looking forward to spending time with her pale faced, uber emo vampire boyfriend Edward (Robert Pattinson). When she finds out he and his family are leaving and she will never see him again she spirals into a teenaged vortex of sadness and sorrow. Teen heartbreak, remember that feeling? No sooner does she find solace in her long time friend and neighbor Jacob, lo and behold he discovers he is actually a werewolf and can’t be with her either. And you thought your senior year dating life was bad.

This film is obviously and understandably created for fans of the books. Those who have not read the series have little grounding in the film and will find it shallow, poorly acted with little or no direction. The first 80 minutes of this film are atrocious. Everyone sort of ambles around with no purpose as the story tries to unfold. The funny, comedic, vampire moments that made the first one bearable are no where to be found. Then once the meat of the action begins, that is Jacobs’s discovery and Edwards dealing with a higher up vampire supreme court it is almost too late. The remaining 40 minutes of the movie bring a decent bit of substance but only as a brief setup for film number three. So just as you begin to engage the credits roll. Again, this information is totally from the perspective and benefit of the normal movie goer. Gauging by the constant (and I mean constant) squeals, giggles and screams of the 12-19 year old females in the crowd, fans of the book loved every frame.

The Twilight Saga: New Moon is rated PG-13 for some violence and action. I will say this for the movie series they do a good job of staying away from any form of gratuitous sex, language or teen debauchery. If anything Bella and Edwards relationship is built on a non physical platform which is rare these days to say the least. For you overly sensitive movie goers do keep in mind that Jacob and his chiseled, well built, wolf brothers seem to never have a clean shirt handy and spend 90% of the movie bare-chested (hence the before mentioned squeals and giggles). But even they know how to treat a young lady with respect. Sadly I give New Moon 2 out of 5 Dream Catchers. I almost needed one as many times as I nearly dozed off. I might watch this weekly in 45 minute TV installments but as a non book fan, the movie just didn’t cut it. Sorry Edward, that just gives you another reason to mope around the house. So says Matt Mungle

Matt Mungle (matt@mungleshow.com)

(2 out of 5)

Review copyright 2009 Mungleshow Productions. Used by Permission.

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