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The Twilight Saga: New Moon

The next chapter begins. 

Year: 2009 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 (Scope) 
Certificate: BBFC 12A Cert – Under 12s admitted only with an adult 
Subtitles: This film is not expected to be subtitled, though this cannot be guaranteed. 
Directed by Chris Weitz 
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Michael Sheen  
An image from The Twilight Saga: New Moon

Ladies and gentlemen (but mostly ladies, I presume), steady yourselves – the second instalment in the Twilight series is here!

New Moon carries on the story of Bella (Stewart) and Edward (Pattinson), but this time there are more threats, more twists, more action and more feelings (not to mention a lot more topless hunks!). After bringing Bella into danger yet again, Edward decides the best thing to do is to leave her, and so the Cullens move away. Bella’s world suddenly collapses around her and months go by without her being able to get over Edward. Thanks to her friend (or maybe something more?) Jacob (Lautner), she slowly starts to open up and let people into her life again. However, life has much more in store for Bella – is Jacob who he appears to be and will Bella ever see Edward again?

The cast of New Moon are as excellent as they were in Twilight, although sometimes the chemistry between Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson is harder to believe in this movie than it was in the first one. Taylor Lautner, who plays Jacob, takes a much more central role in New Moon and it suits him! Some of the newcomers fill the shoes of their characters quite nicely, too, especially Michael Sheen, who plays ‘vampire royalty’ Aro – maybe with too much enthusiasm, but nonetheless, excellently.

Some say that New Moon was rushed too much and is therefore lacking in quality and performance and I might have to agree a little with that. However, it’s still a great movie filled with lots of unexpected (unless you’ve read the books) twists and turns, so it makes for a great cinema experience (and did I mention the eye-candy??).

Gaby Aptula

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Screenings of this film:

2009/2010 Spring Term (35mm)
2009/2010 Spring Term (35mm)