New Moon - Twilight Second Saga
New Moon , the second installment of the Twilight Saga , just like the its predescent was a world-wide back office hit. With a new "pack" in town and a showcase of biceps and abdominals galore, was the movie able to live up to movie goers expectations?
New Moon, the second installment of the popular Twilight Saga book series hit the cinemas almost a year after Twilight. Fans have been on the look out for every development before during and after the shooting of the movie. As a fan, I also had a dose of gossips heard and read everywhere. One of the major topic found in every Twilight Saga fan pages and forums was if Taylor Lautner will still plays the cunning role of Jacob Black.
Of course we all knew that Jacob Black's character was still played by Taylor Lautner. Did they manage to make Taylor Lautner grew bigger every change of the scene? Was it believable? Yes they did, except fot the scene where Jacob reviews Bella about the parts of the motorcyle during their motorcyle test run. Taylor Lautner's body looked elongated in that scene. Nonetheless, if there were anymore flaws about Jacob's supposed to be towering height, it was repeatedly forgotten everytime JAcob flexes a muscle and flashes a grin. Taylot Lautner will always be the perfect Jacob Black for any Twilight Saga fan.
Edward Cullen's role played by Robert Pattinson who did not have much exposure in the movie (because the story tells so) was still very effective portraying the role. But in the scene where Edward was supposed to commit suicide by walking in daylight , he looked so glorious he would pass as a Greek God. Story wise, he should have looked like he did not ate for a year and was in great grief. Nonetheless, just like Taylor Lautner, his winning carisma covered this flaw.
Bella Swan portrayed by Kristen Stewart was still as sweet as ever. Though some critics describe her as a "wannabe Gothic", Kristen for me did very well in portraying Bella.
For the Volturi, I just felt that it would be better if they had chosen actors that looks older than the one' we saw in the movie. As a reader, the way the Volturi was characterized in the movie did not met my expectation. As for the Quillette Pack, changing some of the actors is a good move.
Book Vs. Reel
The storyline of the movie, just liked the book focused on the Jacob-Bella side of the story. But as we have observed, Edward was very much exposed in the movie compared to the book. I guess this could not be helped since fans would be expecting to see the "Vampire Boy turned Hunk" they have learned to love. Bella was supposed to hear Edwards\'s voice everytime she does something dangerous, but in the movie, Bella sees Edward everytime she does something daring.
Fans were torn between Edward and Jacob in the book, but in the movie, I did not felt the same intensity of feelings I had in the book. I guess that is something common with novels and books turned into movies. You definitely can't compress every detail and scene in the book into a 2-hour movie.
Bella's suffering was not as depr3essing as it was based on the book. And I do not remember a dream catcher as a birthday gift from Jacob in the book. It would be better if they would pay attention to little details like that in the story. We must all remember that before the movie, the book was already a big hit, so variations in the storyline in the book versus in the movie should be very minimal.