“The Twilight Saga: New Moon” proves to be entertaining even for viewers who were not obsessed with the first Twilight. The stunning graphics and the contrasts of speed during action scenes has evolved from the first movie. The relationships between characters grow more intense as a love triangle develops between Edward, Bella, and Jacob.
You cannot see this movie without seeing the first one, unless you don’t want to understand it. The movie begins with Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) celebrating her 18th birthday as her dad, Charlie (Billy Burke) gives her a digital camera and a scrapbook so she may capture her senior year.
Fan-favorite, vegetarian vampire, Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) struts out of his car in slow motion to greet Bella in the high school parking lot, only to be awkwardly interrupted by Bella’s American-Indian friend Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner). Edward shows his once unexpected love for Bella by saying things like, “I love you. You’re my only reason to stay alive…if that’s what I am.”
In an unanticipated twist, Edward breaks Bella’s heart when he tells her that the Cullens have to move, and she is not to come with them. He asks her to promise not to do anything reckless, and in return, he promises he will never see her again.
As emptiness lingers within Bella, Edward appears once she is about to get on the back of a motorcycle of an older guy she doesn’t even know. In an effort to keep seeing him, she buys two old dirt bikes and brings them to Jacob for him to fix.
Bella finds comfort in Jacob, who in the first movie was a longhaired average-sized teenager. Gasps filled the theater as Lautner’s new, 30 pounds of lean muscle added to his biceps, triceps, shoulders, back, pecks, and six-pack abs, is revealed when he takes off his shirt to try and stop the bleeding from Bella’s head after she crashes her dirt bike into a rock.
One might say Bella has interesting taste in men, seeing as after she develops feelings for Jacob, she finds out that all of that muscle, new haircut and tattoo are due to becoming a werewolf.
Trying to see Edward again, Bella jumps off a cliff into water in hopes that the recklessness will bring him back to her. In the water, the blood-sucking vampire, Victoria, tries to kill Bella by pushing heavy waves onto her. No, it’s not Edward to the rescue. It’s Jacob.
Edward believes Bella is dead after he is unable to see Jacob save her through his vision. He then decides that after 107 years of living, he wants to die too. Alice, Edward’s sister and Bella’s friend, goes to Bella’s house to tell her this. The two of them, against Jacob’s wishes, travel to the Voltaire, where vampires may end their lives, to let Edward know that Bella is still alive.
New Moon is filled with difficult decisions as well as enlightening moments for all of the main characters. The only part of the movie that was dissatisfying was the end. There was no closure for the movie, only arising questions to hopefully be answered in the third movie. The cliffhanger is frustrating, although will definitely entice viewers with the same opinions to see the next movie.
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