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Friday, December 4, 2009

New Moon presents... Jacob Black

New Moon Trailer #3 from clevvertv
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It's officially been a week since watching New Moon.  And yet the whole Team Edward vs Team Jacob hype has anything but died down.  Honestly, despite my love for movies, only a handful tempts me to watch it again at the cinema.  While the first movie from the Twilight Saga didn't have such effect on me, New Moon did.  I left 1Borneo with a desire to go back and get me another ticket.

Twilight was more of a boy meets girl story.  How they met, how they attracted each other and an introduction to the Cullen clan.  Taking off of that platform, the second installment introduced audiences to Jacob Black and the Quileute tribe as well as the vampire "royalty/enforcers", the Volturi family.

In the first movie, I'd have to say I was a little confused at the Edward-Jacob relationship.  Why they seemed to have a mutual dislike for one another.  Having not read the book series, I just figured the tribe was guided by wolf spirits as is in certain Native American cultures.  Guess I wasn't too far off the mark there.  After all, vampires and werewolves are essentially cousins.

Jacob (Taylor Lautner) served as delicious eye candy on screen with his charming good looks and well toned body.  I read that Taylor had to start working out right after shooting Twilight for that dramatic transformation.  He bulked up but not too much.  Just right.  Hence the massive support for Team Jacob I believe.  The rest of the wolfpack were almost equally drool-worthy as well.  I feel I must add that the CGI for the wolves transformation and build was beautifully done.  The wolves although incredibly huge were absolutely gorgeous.  But then again, I could be biased, I love wolves.

Apart from the introductions, this time round, the story focuses on the relationship between Bella (Kirsten Stewart) and Edward (the love of her life) as well as Bella and Jacob (the dependable best friend).  Maybe I was a tad bit nervous at the thought of reviewing the movie that the emotions from the early parts of the movie didn't quite grip me.  However, after deeply immersing myself in the story, the dynamics of the emotions portrayed by the characters came through.  In short, Bella was on an emotional roller coaster from start to end.

I actually feel sorry for Jacob in the movie because he keeps trying to win Bella's heart but she has practically given her soul to Edward (Robert Pattinson).  The typical best friend in love dilemma.  And I love that in the movie you do get to see how deep the connection between both Bella and Edward is and how much Edward means to Bella and vice versa.  In a way it is reminiscent of the Shakespeare classic Romeo and Juliet which was ironically also featured briefly in the beginning of the movie.

I found the Volturi somewhat amusing despite their extremely brief appearance towards the end of the movie.  I was looking forward to seeing Dakota Fanning's performance as Jane but it was rather disappointing as there isn't much of her to see.  Maybe in the follow up?  Aro (Michael Sheen) seemed oddly gleeful and fascinated at Bella's abilities which is unusual for humans.  Despite yearning for a taste of Bella, he does find her to be a form of entertainment in a weird way.  Thank you Alice (Ashley Greene) for saving the day.

There is one noticeable part that annoyed me in the movie.  The camera angles in certain scenes.  After Edward left, Bella sat by her window in a daze staring out as the months passed.  The camera encircling her during that scene was just a bit much.  We were barely a quarter way into the movie and I was already developing a headache from the camera going round and round for too long.

The script was pleasantly romantic, witty and nicely written.  I love that a bit of humour was injected into the lines which made for a rather entertaining listen as well.

No guys, this movie isn't just about hot guys with their shirts off or pale romantic vampires.  This time round the movie has a lot to do with heart, friendship, love and devotion.  It is not an action/thriller/horror flick (read: 2012, Ninja Assassin) and would require tapping into the sentimental side you never knew you had.

At the end of the movie, the audience were left with a brilliant cliffhanger which resulted in a feeling of restlessness and anticipation for the third installment to the Saga, Eclipse, coming to cinemas next year.

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