*MAJOR SPOILER ALERT*
I don't really know where to begin. New Moon was so much better than I could have ever imagined. If you have not seen New Moon, you might want to come back tot his after you have seen it.
I am dying to talk about it, but I don't want to give away too much. First of all I have to say that Chris Weitz is THE MAN! I love how true he stayed to the book and the fact that he added in some stuff from Twilight that Catherine Hardwicke had left out. If Summit would allow Weitz to remake Twilight, I'd pay to see that. In all honesty there were really only a couple of things about the film that I didn't like, so I'll talk about those first.
I did not like that Bella hit Paul. Of course I have seen this scene multiple times, but I have a hard time with it every time. In Eclipse Bella is supposed to punch Jacob in the face and break her hand. I think Bella could have gotten Paul angry without slapping or hitting him in the face.
I did not like that the audience didn't get to see that Edward removed all of the photos and evidence of him from Bella's room. I would love to have seen Bella rush to her room to see if the pictures were there, but there was nothing. That was a little disappointing.
I did not like that Bella jumped on the back of the motorcycle with the guy. It was such a short segment and seemed sort of crammed in the film for the "visions of Edward". I'm not sure that guy would have been so willing to just turn around and drive her back. It was just a little awkward.
Some of the things I disliked that were left out may very well be included in the DVD. I guess I will have to keep my fingers crossed, but Chris Weitz has said that there will be at least ten minutes of deleted scenes.
What did I love? EVERYTHING...but here are some specific things I loved.
I LOVED the part where Aro held Alice's hand to see that Bella would be made into an immortal. The outfits were kind of silly, but the fact that Bella's skin sparkled and her eyes were amber was unbelievably cool.
I LOVED that Edward finally took Bella into Carlisle's study to show her the painting. That should have been in Twilight, but of course Catherine Hardwicke had her head up her butt. He told her about the Volturi and the painting came to life. It was a really nice touch.
I LOVED that when Jacob and Paul were fighting as wolves they tore apart the grass and destroyed everything in their path. They dug up huge clumps of grass and knocked down trees. It was so feral.
I LOVED the entire sequence with Victoria stalking Charlie and Harry Clearwater through the forest. Then the wolves began chasing her and when she was running, the camera was overhead and you could see that she was running faster than a bird was flying. Such a cool way to show how fast she was. I was just bummed that she had ZERO lines in the film. The least they could have done for Rachelle was work in something really spectacular.
I LOVED the voting scene at the end. Each one of the characters were exactly how I imagined them. My favorite was Jasper saying in his southern drawl that it would be nice to not want to kill Bella all of the time. It thrills me to no end that Emmet was from Appalachia and the Jasper was a Confederate soldier during the Civil War. The south is representing in The Twilight Saga!
The sparkle effect was so much better in New Moon than in Twilight. In Twilight, Edward looked like he was sweaty, which is something that Rob actually mentions in the commentary. In New Moon he looks like he has diamonds embedded in his skin, which is just the way I always pictured it. A nice added touch came when they were walking to the elevator in the Volturi's lair and there was sun peeking through a window and when Edward passed through it he sparkled. Beautiful.
Performance wise-I was SUPER impressed with Kristen and Taylor. Rob was great, but we knew he would be. Kristen really came into her own in this film. I am so glad, too! Since seeing her in Panic Room years ago I thought she was great, but even she has admitted that she never does films that people see. Well, lots of people saw New Moon and how talented she truly is. Taylor brought such likability to Jacob for me. When I read the books, I was mostly annoyed by him. However, in the film I adored him. Going on the journey with Bella and feeling so distraught with Edward's absence made me feel relief when Jacob came on screen. He brought joy and light into Bella's life as well as the audience. I was also very pleased with Kristen and Taylor's chemistry. They were so great together! Then, of course there's Rob. Rob was beautiful. He plays Edward so broodingly and the scene when he recited Shakespeare?!...FUH-GED-ABOUD-IT! I also quite enjoyed all of the slow motion walking. MMmmmmm...
I also want to point out how great Ashley Greene was, too! I adore Alice and I have to say that in the previews I was a bit worried because her line delivery was awkward. Apparently for the previews they used different cuts, because in the film she was perfect! You also totally got the friendship between Bella and Alice that was missing from Twilight. When Alice comes back after thinking Bella tried to kill herself, there were tears of joy for Bella.
I loved the movie and highly recommend it to anyone whether you're a Twilight Saga fan or not. The entire evening was interesting, but I might go into that another time.
On a personal note, this will probably be the only blog that I do this week with Thanksgiving on Thursday. Zane, my mother, step-dad and I are going to South Carolina to be with my sister and her family and we are leaving on Wednesday when I get off work. I am glad to be going to visit my sister and eat some delicious food and hopefully play some games. She has her tree up and it is so gorgeous and massive. I can't wait to see it. Typically I like to have my Christmas Tree and all our decorations up the weekend after Thanksgiving but since we will be out of town, the plan is for Zane and I to put ours up tomorrow when he gets out of school. He has been begging me to do it for a couple of weeks now, but it is one of those things I dread doing. I'm always glad when it's done, but the process is hard for me to do alone.
I also want to ask a small favor from my readers. My sister had tests done today after an abnormal mammogram and the doctor found a tumor in her left breast. The doctor said that she did not believe it was anything to worry about, but they are planning a biopsy of the tumor. Whether you pray or believe in healing thoughts, please keep her in those thoughts and prayers as well as prayers that she'll feel comfort because I know she is worried. My sister means the world to me and I want her to try not to worry or feel overwhelmed. This is one time I wish that Jasper really existed so that he could comfort her with his thoughts. ;o) Thank you all so much!
I really hope you'll leave some comments on what I have said if you agree or disagree. I would enjoy it! :o)
HAVE A WONDERFUL THANKSGIVING!