Twilight, New Moon – a review, of sorts…
I wasn’t expecting much when I went to see the original Twilight movie but I ended up being pleasantly surprised. I thought it was a decent story and a nice take on the whole vampire/folklore thing. Robert Pattinson did a lot of cool posturing and for a few days after I found myself desiring orange contact lenses, soft-hold hair mousse and sparkly shimmery foundation powder. I’m happy to say I didn’t end up buying any of those items but I did find myself walking in ultra slow-motion every now and then, especially when there was a light breeze in the air.
Unfortunately Bangkok seems short on the Bella-type girl so my dramatic walking didn’t get me very far (literally). It also just made me late for lots of things; funny how Edward Cullen was never late – I guess being a superfast vampire helps. Alas, real life is just not like the films.
Nevertheless, drawn in by Twilight, yesterday I went to the cinema to watch the highly anticipated second chapter in the series: New Moon. And how was it? Well, to me it’s pretty much the same as the first only it’s even more melodramatic – yes, even more, can you imagine that! There’s more pining for Edward, more angsty ‘we can’t be together’ speeches and yet more ‘oh dear, i’m bleeding again in the compay of all you vampires, whoops-a-daisy, silly me” moments. This time though there are also werewolves; including Jacob ‘I can’t keep my shirt on so let’s just not wear one for half the film‘ Black, and there’s also a Vampire council led by British actor Michael Sheen. For those of you that don’t know, Michael Sheen played British Prime Minister ‘Tony Blair’ in the film The Queen. Some would think it strange that casting directors chose the same guy to play a Vampire leader and the former British PM. I’d say they probably got it just right.
Overall the film is watchable…much like mid afternoon TV when you’re a student. Ok maybe that’s a bit harsh! Some bits are beautifully filmed, the actors are pretty good and Bella still reminds me of someone I used to know. I’m just not sure about this whole storyline in the second film because we’ve covered so much of it in the first film; it’s a bit like a skipping record. There’s a bit too much angst and confusion in it for me. I mean come on…just tell me what happens next? Will they have half human half vampire kids? What would they be called? Hupires? or Vampans? Would you dare breast feed such a child? How much pain will they be in come teething time? Will they attend a normal school or will they be sent to a Vampworts boarding school to study all things Vampirish? The possibilities are endless so why is the author sticking to the ol’ ‘girl meets vampire, falls in love, has a love triangle with a werewolf, chooses to give up her soul and become a vampire’ story? Yawn.
Ah well, let’s end on a positive note, New Moon is mildy entertaining and the time does pass relatively quickly so it can’t be all bad. Also, most of the girls in the cinema seemed to heave a collective sigh as Edward took his final closeup and spoke the last few lines of the film…so I guess you girls out there are going to love it too. Hmmm, maybe it’s me, maybe I’m just getting cynical about love – superhuman and otherwise. I watched 500 days of Summer recently and I really liked it; perhaps that explains a lot about me right now.
Anyway, go and see New Moon for yourself and let me know what you think. Also, go and watch 500 days of summer if you haven’t done already and we can discuss the futility of love.
also watch this if you have a moment. It’s brilliant: