The Twilight Saga: New Moon
In the second installment of Stephenie Meyer’s phenomenally successful ‘Twilight’ series, the romance between mortal and vampire soars to a new level as Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) delves deeper into the mysteries of the supernatural world she yearns to become part of — only to find herself in greater peril than ever before. Following Bella’s ill-fated 18th birthday party, Edward Cullen(Robert Pattinson) and his family abandon the town of Forks, Washington, in an effort to protect her from the dangers inherent in their world. As the heartbroken Bella sleepwalks through her senior year of high school, numb and alone, she discovers Edward’s image comes to her whenever she puts herself in jeopardy. Her desire to be with him at any cost leads her to take greater and greater risks. With the help of her childhood friend Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner), Bella refurbishes an old motorbike to carry her on her adventures. Bella’s frozen heart is gradually thawed by her budding relationship with Jacob, a member of the mysterious Quileute tribe, who has a supernatural secret of his own. When a chance encounter brings Bella face to face with a former nemesis, only the intervention of a pack of supernaturally large wolves saves her from a grisly fate, and the encounter makes it frighteningly clear that Bella is still in grave danger. In a race against the clock, Bella learns the secret of the Quileutes and Edward’s true motivation for leaving her. She also faces the prospect of a potentially deadly reunion with her beloved that is a far cry from the one she’d hoped for. With more of the passion, action and suspense that made ‘Twilight’ a worldwide phenomenon, ‘The Twilight Saga: New Moon’ is a spellbinding follow-up to the box office hit.
The first “Twilight” film received our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for ages twelve plus, and with about ten minutes or so to go at the screening I saw, I thought this one might receive it too. Unfortunately, a character told another one to go to H…, and we don’t award our Seal to movies which include this damning remark. The film had a bit of language at any rate, and we can’t recommend it for our Dove families. However, on a positive note, the film does have a strong theme of sacrificial love. It also has a cliff-hanger ending that made many of the females go, “Oh, come on! No, you can’t do that to us!” So the cliff-hanger definitely sets up the next “Twilight” film. Hopefully that one will receive our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal. To quote Maxwell Smart, famous movie and TV agent, this one “missed it by that much” (by one remark, actually).