Directed by Chris Weitz, New Moon is the second film in The Twilight Saga based on the series of books by Stephenie Meyer. The story of Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) continues as the Cullen family flees Forks in order to protect Bella after an attack that nearly claimed her life. Edward makes the difficult decision to leave his beloved behind as Bella begins to embrace self-destruction, finding comfort in the arms of her close friend Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) who has a supernatural secret of his own. Subsequently delving into the history of the Quileutes, Bella discovers the secrets of Jacob’s tribe while looking forward to a reunion with Edward that may have deadly consequences.
This is where the franchise took a horrible turning point that, for a fan of the books, I cannot forgive it for. Things started to get a bit too ridiculous for me; the novels weren’t so childish in their attempts to tell the story of a girl who has to choose between a werewolf and a vampire, but on screen, it just didn’t come to life in the right way.
However, there was still something I really enjoyed about it at the same time. The soundtrack, yet again, is incredible and there are a number of scenes that I felt really captivated the right emotion – the seasons changing around Bella, the montage of her waking up screaming. It’s just the second half that didn’t work so well.