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Sunday, November 22, 2009

My Personal Take on New Moon the movie


The long agonising wait which basically started right after I walked out of the movie theater last year watching Twilight is finally over. The longing for New Moon grew bigger and bigger especially after I got myself all 4 books of the Twilight saga. Yesterday, Saturday Nov 21 at 10.30am, the wait was finally over. At least for me!

Let me explain first why I am writing what I am writing. I fell in love with twilight saga the moment I watched the trailer for Twilight the movie on tv. At that time, I have never even heard of the books but somehow the scene of Edward confronting Bella in the woods about him being a vampire just tug my heart. I think my heart might have even skipped a beat or two!

Now for New Moon. Director Chris Weitz were lucky to have been chosen to direct the movie with such big budget and an already well known movie with HUGE followers. He doesn't have to be afraid of a flopped movie. Twi-hards are not going to let that happen. No matter how hollow the movie is.

So on my part. I am not loving the movie ... yet! As awesome as the clothes everyone wore, the movie IMO lack the 1 thing that is the essence of the twilight saga that is LOVE. I cried my eyes bucket when I read the book. All 3 times of it especially when Edward decided that leaving Bella is the best way in making sure she is safe and then later when Charlie told Alice what happened to Bella during their absence. When they showed the part in the woods, I waited and waited and then .... nothing. I personally feel that the scene was made in a hurry. Well, actually I feel the whole movie was made in a hurry and somehow Chris Weitz (CW) forgot to add emotions in the movie.

There are a few things in the movie that made me cringe.

1) is of course the lack of emotions. CW practically ignored facial expressions. Watch for it when you go see the movie especially between Edward/Bella and Jacob/Bella. The other person's expression just doesn't seem to connect and it was so frustrating.

2) is when they are with the Volturi and Alice showed Aro the future of Bella as vampire. Bella and Edward running in the woods. Boy! Was it cheesy or what??? Ewww.

3) is the fact that a lot of the important scripts are taken straight out of New Moon's book word-for-word. It made me feel that somehow Melissa Rosernberg the scriptwriter either hates CW or she was told to write it differently and take the wordings out of the book so it would help director CW whom I doubt read the book before he directed it.

4) almost forgot about the part of Bella in the woods after Edward left her. We are supposed to feel her pain but CW's directing with a spinning camera made me sick. Literally.

The only reason I understood the movie is because I have read the book 3 times. It helps in filling up the emptiness of the movie. The only reason I cried a little bit when watching it is because I know what happened. If I had watched the movie without reading the book, I seriously doubt I would get the feelings, the emotions, the heart-wrenching, the fear and everything else that (should)come with the movie.

Saying all that, will I buy the dvd and watch it again? Hell yeah! What choice do I have being a twilight fan but, have the whole collection of the books and dvds? Who knows maybe the movie is better the second or third time I watch it. But 1 thing for sure, it would be very interesting if Catherine Hardwicke were to make a different version of New Moon movie. Maybe I would feel more connected?

If you are a twihard but haven't watch New Moon yet, do go see it for yourself but really try not to think so much about the book. Just go with the flow and let's hope that Eclipse would be better.

10 comments:

Naz said...

Hey Farina,
Am not a fan but I'm dropping a line anyway...
GOOD TO SEE YOU WRITING AGAIN!
:D

edelweiss said...

farina...

alamakkkkk!!! tak syok ahhhhhh depa buat cam nih kan...

tapi tak pa....i dok tunggu nih nak tengok...

but i must get the book first mcm u suggest.

and it's gud to have u back ...heheheh

Jun said...

just like d 1st movie la ye...meaning...d books r far more better than d movie la ye...iskk, frust to know tp x p...kna tgk jugak la...for edward cullen's sake..hahahhaha

Salt N Turmeric said...

Naz, demi Twilight sanggup keluar fr hibernation! lol.

Mynn, cuba u tengok the movie first and then buy the books and lets see if that wuld make any diff?

Jun, demi Edward Cullen, tengok sajelah. lol.

mº¿ºsh, brecht and nora said...

Dear Farina, I read your entry with my heart in my mouth, my heart was throbbing so quick hehehhehe - But i am not surprised that the movie is not even nearly as good as the book. I think the emotions and especially BElla's pain is the most important part of the movie then the story followed from there on how she dealth with her pain and all. *big sigh* i shall watch the movie nonethelss - are they gonna make ECLIPSE ?? I tot they would stop here. Thx for the review Farina! Hugs from another twilight fan!

Salt N Turmeric said...

Mush, itulahnya yg buat New Moon kurang mengancam. I had a feeling tht CW is not gonna capture it sbb he's not the feeling type but more of action type. Eclipse dah finished filming pun my dear. It's showing next year. they just confirmed tht they'r gonna make BD. ;)

mº¿ºsh, brecht and nora said...

thx for all that info Farina, i hardly hv time to catch up on my twilight activities... i seriously think they are making the movies way TOO fast.... they should put in more effort into it..... hai ni lah orang dah gila duit..... tak kisah mvie good or not asalkan the cash comes in! Thx again Farina

Anonymous said...

Men do not have women's touch on emotions, thats why....
I havent had the time to catch NM yet but as you said, being twi-diehard fan, macamna teruk sekali pun the film came out to be, wajib gi tengok coz for me its easier to imagine the characters when I start to re-read the books again for the hundredth times (exagerating of coz....lol).
By the way, welcome back.... your silent reader, Sheeza

Salt N Turmeric said...

Sheeza, thanks for commenting. Yelah male director's nak all the effects aje. Langsung tak fikir about feelings. Boring betul kan? I cant wait for Eclipse sbb Eclipse lain sikit dari twilight and NM.

kebaya blur said...

hi...

agreed, a bit dissapointed when i saw NM...
byk important parts yg xde, as if tgk cerita yg tergantung...
thank God i've read the book yg dah ntah kali ke berape, it is farrrrrrr more better than the movie...

cant wait for eclipse...
7 months to go....ECLIPSE...