New Moon Revisited
Come back next time for “intelligent conversation” on the topic of a book about children’s health I read recently. Today–it’s all about Twilight.
Last week Jeremy took me out on a date to see New Moon on its last night showing in our local theater. It was his first time and my second. We actually “doubled” with some friends, and it was good because our two husbands could appreciate each other handful of wise-cracks throughout the movie. And both of us wives had seen it before so that didn’t bother us.
I enjoyed the movie my first time, and I really enjoyed it my second time. I really think it was well done. Obviously, with a higher budget, the special effects were a lot better than Twilight. But it was more than that.
The movie has a lot more of a mature feeling to it. Twilight is kind of about infatuation, it is so fresh and there’s so much mystery still. But in New Moon, it really seemed like Bella and Edwards’s relationship had matured, which made it more real.
I really appreciated the number of sequences where they did some serious combining of different plot elements from the book. This really helped the plot to move along smoothly without taking different scenes for everything which would make it feel choppy. I think the scene where Charley and Harry Clearwater (and whoever else) are out looking for the wolves is great. They overlap the hunting parties, with the werewolf hunting party, with Harry’s heart attack, with some screen time for Victoria, with Bella jumping off the cliff. There’s a lot going on, but the whole sequence goes so smoothly and quickly. Perfect for a film adaptation.
Bella and Jacob’s growing relationship was shown perfectly. It was another example of how I felt this movie had more maturity to it. Their relationship is real. It grows and develops. It’s good for Bella, it helps her. Jacob tries so hard, but he does make mistakes, but then he admits them and is not too proud to hide his feelings from Bella.
Alice arrives and Bella starts acting irrational, so he leaves angry but then comes back to make it right. Their relationship is so raw and real–it’s right out there. Then comes the scene in the kitchen. . .
. . . which makes my heart want to stop beating. But then she runs out yelling at him again. And then he comes to the car and begs her to say–for him.
Whether or not you want Bella to be with Jacob, there are some powerful, real emotions there. I just loved it.
And then Alice and Bella rush off to Italy to rescue Edward from himself. Bella runs across the people-filled courtyard, through the fountain, pushes Edward out of the sunlight, they embrace and then. . . hold hands as they walk off to visit the Volturi? This is my biggest complaint about the movie. Where is all the holding onto each other so tightly trying to be as close to each other and be touching as much as possible while still walking uprightly stuff from the book?
He almost just gave up his whole existence because his life was destroyed thinking she was dead, and she just turned her back on a beautiful life with Jacob Black to rescue the person she hadn’t seen in over half a year, whose loss she had been mourning the entire time, whom she’d taken up reckless behaviors just to feel closer to. And they finally see each other again and they hold hands? It just didn’t do it for me. That scene of the reunion and heading off to the Volturi is possibly my favorite scene from the entire four-book saga, and I think they gave the scene no justice at all in the movie. And compared to the super-heightened emotions all being conveyed just five minutes earlier with Jake, it’s really a significant let-down.
It’s obvious that this movie only increased my allegiance to Jake. And really when it ended the first time I watched it, I was super frustrated. I wanted more time with Jake. I want to spend more time hanging out at Emily’s cottage listening to the brothers jibe each other. It felt like it was all over so soon.
But, after all the saga is a fairy tale about the “true love” (Stephenie Meyer’s term) between Edward and Bella, and sometimes true love doesn’t make sense. Jeremy’s favorite part, from the book and movie, is when Bella and Edward are talking about why Edward left. And how when he left he lied and told her he didn’t love or need her, but the hard thing for him to see was how easily she believed him. Because love doesn’t “make sense” to us in a logical way. And that’s such a real emotion for us to love our partner so deeply and yet wonder why they ever stick around for us.
By the way Jeremy, thanks for being “man enough” to go see this movie with me, and for not being jealous of my celebrity-crush on Taylor Lautner. I love you the most.