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Before I go into my take on the New Moon movie, let's review my thoughts on the Twilight movie:
Overall, I gave it two out of five stars. It was not good. The acting was poor, the script was gosh-awful, and the special effects were something close to Power Rangers. On top of that, the storyline of the book was not respected and the directing was much too artsy for me (thank you, Catherine Hardwicke).
I went into New Moon fairly excited. I don't know what exactly I was expecting. I was mostly just trying to "carpe diem" and have a good time regardless. Cassie Roads and I got to the theater two and a half hours ahead of time, and that wait was an interesting experience in itself (stay tuned for elaboration in a later post). When the movie finally started, I felt that thrill that WE'RE FINALLY SEEING IT!! It was 12:01, but I was ready.
The first scene was awesome! I was immediately drawn in, but still had my guard up. I figured the movie would go south pretty quickly. Haha, guess what?
Half an hour into the movie, I forgot to be cynical. I was caught up in the story, even though I knew what was coming. Every scene fell into place, revealing a story almost exactly like the book. The acting was GOOD, the script was VERY GOOD, the special effects were GREAT. The scenes with the wolves were mind-boggling, and the vampire-speed was about a million times better than the puppet-theater quality of Twilight.
Taylor Lautner is officially Jacob-in-the-Flesh. He did an incredible job. I had my doubts from Twilight, his acting was pretty weak there. In the beginning of New Moon he was a bit shaky, too, but that may have been in the script. (To be honest, I think it was the wig he had to wear. I think it made him uncomfortable, LOL!)
It takes a lot to satisfy a cynic like me, but, boy, was I satisfied!!! I became so wrapped up in the story, I just forgot other stuff. It's an incredibly intriguing, intense film. There are hardly words to express it. I raved the entire way back from the theater, my eyes shining, my heart pounding, my brain working! I searched for things to find fault with, and couldn't come up with a thing! (One thing: Seth and Leah Clearwater do not appear. Hmm. Still, minor.) I was blown away, just really blown away.
I definitely think the new director, Chris Weitz, made all the difference in the world. I didn't like Catherine Hardwicke from the beginning, and apparently no one else did either. Weitz was officially chosen as the director of New Moon only twenty-three days after Twilight hit theaters.
Long story short, I WAS FREAKING BLOWN AWAY.