Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

SOPHOMORE JINX; Sequel to "Twilight" Takes Itself All Serious. What Happened to the Idiosyncratic Fun?

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

SOPHOMORE JINX; Sequel to "Twilight" Takes Itself All Serious. What Happened to the Idiosyncratic Fun?

Article excerpt

Byline: MATT SOERGEL

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON ** (2 out of 4 stars)

This new "Twilight" movie is only for the diehard fans. For anyone else, it's a long, melodramatic slog, hardly scary at all and missing the offbeat touches and disorienting passion that made the first so surprisingly enjoyable.

This one is based faithfully on "New Moon," the second book in Stephenie Meyer's supernaturally popular series (two more films are in the works). But it's now saddled with the soggy title, "The Twilight Saga: New Moon," which we should have seen early on as a bad sign that they were all taking this far too seriously.

It continues the story of Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), a high-schooler in rainy Forks, Wash., who's fallen for her biology lab partner Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), who happens to be a 109-year-old "vegetarian" vampire trapped in a hunky teenage body that gets sparkly in the sunlight.

Their barely chaste passion caused some hearts to race the first time around, seeing how getting past first base might quickly mean sharp fangs in the neck.

There's considerable tension in the relationship: She wants to be a vampire, and soon, but he - always the perfect gentleman - wants her to have a normal life, which by definition means she can't become a soulless undead monster.

But now, after a paper-cut incident (no kidding), Edward, to protect Bella, moves from Forks to parts unknown, vowing that she'll never see him again. He's true to his word, which means that he's missing for large chunks of the next two hours or so. That's necessary for the plot but bad for the movie, robbing it of the forbidden passion of the first.

Eventually, newly buff (and how!) Jacob (Taylor Lautner), a Native American teen who's figuring out that he's a werewolf, is making Edward's absence a little easier to deal with. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.