New Moon: DVD Review
Released by Sony Home Pictures
Twilight Saga: New Moon opens with a shot of a full moon and ends with Bella
taking a breath - and, in between for the fans of the saga, there's everything
they could want. But for those who are probably not 100% bona fide Team Edward/
Team Jacob, there could be a lot of eye rolling and wondering what on earth the
continuing obsession is about.
The story takes up
where Twilight left off - with Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (R Patz)
deeply in love and on the eve of Bella's 18th birthday. Despite her
protestations, the Cullens throw Bella a birthday party - but a paper cut sees
Bella shed some blood, which sees Edward's brother Jasper try to take her life.
As Edward ends up hurting Bella while trying to
protect her, he decides it's safer for him to be out of her life - for good.
Destroyed by the rejection of her first love, Bella
falls apart - enter Jacob (Taylor Lautner) who plugs the hole in her heart
(despite hiding a secret about himself) with companionship and sworn oaths of
But Bella finds he's not enough and when
she discovers that thrill seeking and becoming an adrenaline junkie allows
Edward to appear to her, Bella chooses to live life on the edge to be with her
one true love.
Danger for Bella is just around the
corner though - with vampire Victoria out for revenge after the death of her
mate (whom the Cullens despatched in the first Twilight) and hot on Bella's
trail. A series of miscommunications leads Edward to believe Bella's dead and
forces him to sacrifice himself at the hands of the vampire clan, The Volturi (a
la Romeo and Juliet.)
Can Bella save Edward in
time? And more importantly, will she sacrifice her burgeoning relationship with
Jacob for the star crossed love of her life?
films are review proof - and the latest in the Twilight franchise is one of
those. It soared at the box office and continues to soar on DVD and Blu Ray.
Sure, I could spend time telling you how there's a gratuitous excess of abs
on slow-mo show here (both with Jacob and Edward) - but that's what the fans
want to see (certainly judging by the lusty cat calls and wolf whistles at the
NZ premiere); I could reveal there's some horrendously corny teen love lines -
such as Edward's "You gave me everything just by breathing" to Bella, but
the swoons of any audience watching this suggest to me that that's just
pandering to the fans - and I could tell you that parts of the film play like
music videos as the soundtrack swells over aching teens caught up in their
relationship and during the Wolf Pack chasing Victoria the vampire - but again,
that's what the diehard fans of the franchise want.
With the third film almost here, it's a welcome burst for fans of the
saga; everyone else may wonder what the fuss is all about - and some may claim
New Moon with its bustling buff bodies and lustful tones as a guilty pleasure.
Extras: A sneak peek at Eclipse
among a wealth of other goodies for fans of the Stephenie Meyer series.