Sunday, 11 April 2010
DVD REVIEW: TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Available now on Blu-ray and DVD
When it comes to Twilight, specifically the film versions of the bestselling series of books, I'm beginning to suspect that the world divides into two camps. No, not Team Edward and Team Jacob but rather those who get it (and get it passionately) and those who don't.
I am of the latter persuasion for try as I might, all I can muster for this anemic series of vampire romance films is a big fat yawn.
New Moon is the second in the Twilight saga (their word not mine), and finds the romance between Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) going strong. That is until a paper cut at her birthday party, hosted by Edward's vamp family, almost has Bella served up as cake. The Cullens decide its time to leave town, and Edward abandons the love of his afterlife as callously as any 100-year-old teen boy would.
Bella goes into a funk, her only solace being good friend, Jacob (Tyler Lautner), who begins the film sporting a horrible long black wig which soon makes way for a spiky do and a great set of abs. For Jacob has his own supernatural secret: he, like several of his Native American cousins, happens to be a werewolf. That's ironic given that these teen wolves, who parade around shirtless, have all been waxed to within an inch of their lives, as though in preparation for Mardi Gras.
Vampires and werewolves are, of course, sworn enemies which adds extra spice to the love triangle between Bella, Edward and Jacob – in theory. Chris Weitz has taken over directing honours from Catherine Hardwicke, who made the first Twilight film, but he's just as unsuccessful in providing a pulse let alone a beating heart for this teen romance. Not even a detour to Italy towards the end, where Michael Sheen gets to camp it up as a vampire elder, can do much to help.
Bring on Season 3 of True Blood, is what I say.