Saturday, November 21, 2009

New Moon Movie Review
Ok so obsessed with the Twilight Saga. Saw the movie, read the books. Amazing how one director took a somewhat cheezy, teenage book and turned it into an awesome movie. I actually saw the Twilight movie first, loved it so much that read all the books in three days. Waited for a year to see "New Moon" and oooooooh so disappointed.
Catherine Hardwicke skillfully transformed the corny lines on paper to film without making the viewer laugh outloud at the lie. She actually made the characters believable, real and true to who they are. In Twilight, despite the content the viewer was able to feel the chemistry and connection between the characters, all that, was lost in "New Moon".
This blog is not a praise to Twilight and not a compliment to Catherine, which she most definitely deserves, but rather a hard core criticism of the studio, the script, the lighting, the makeup artists, the editors, those people that chose the music, and last but not least the director, who should be fired, for fucking up the much anticipated "New Moon".
The screenplay for "New Moon" is choppy, boring and most of all corny. Its as if someone pulled every corny line from the novel and stuffed it in the movie. Twilight was fluid, intriguing, and captured the essence of the book. New Moon script failed in every way. Edward and Bella's kiss's seemed tense, unnatural, and lacked the emotional build up which was so present in the first movie. Catherine captured Edward in his perfection, while Chris made him seem almost repulsive. In Twilight, Edward's face was beautiful, pale with rose lips and the focus was on his eyes. Eyes, that were capturing in every way. In New Moon his face looked like paste, his lips looked too red as if he is wearing lip gloss and his eyes looked like contacts from a local Halloween store. Fire the makeup artists. Dr. Cullen appeared swollen, poorly defined jaw line, and yakky hair. Where is the gorgeous Dr. from the Twilight film? Rosalie looked like she had a freaking comb over. Was that a bee hive that tipped to the side and planted itself on her head. Where was Alice's pixy hair and cute outfits? Jacob was the only character that looked......I guess good. I don't even want to use the word, good, for New Moon because I am so disappointed and sad.
I am no lighting expert but the most magnificent part of Twilight was the visionary effect of the lighting. I don't know if it was some lens or color over the lens, but the movie had a black and white yet sharp color to it. It made everything look unreal, magical, mysterious, somewhat gloomy yet beautiful. Where the fuck did that light go in New Moon? Which idiot decided to shoot this shit like a Burger King Commercial.
Hello people what about the music. I couldn't wait to get the Twilight soundtrack. I sure as hell can't say the same for New Moon. The cheezy score they chose when Alice and Bella are heading to Volturi. Oh my god I just vomited in my mouth. Hang on let me go gargle. It felt like some lame movie from the 90's where they try to raise your anticipation level only to be disappointed when you see your beloved characters in a metal elevator with way too much lighting. The whole Volturi scene was way more amazing in my head and let me tell you, I have a very limited imagination. This shit was straight handicapped (no offense to anyone). I could have drawn a better set myself, more gothic, more aged, more vintage. These Volturi are old, really old, like hundreds of years old. My friends looked more believable as vampires on Halloween and they got their costumes at Party City not tailored by the most talented costumers in Hollywood.
I think the studio got greedy and sacrificed true art to make a quick buck. Just because these books are so loved and they know the fans will go see the movies regardless of the quality of the film, doesn't mean you should produce garbage. Stephanie Meyer should be very disappointed and should beg for Catherine to come back and restore some artistic quality and vision to the Twilight Saga. Breaking Dawn can still be saved.
New Moon Movie is what happens when studios and suits let their greed get in the way of creating art. They should have begged for Catherine Hardwicke to direct the Saga. Sure the movie got made and got made fast, but for Twilight lovers and people who truly value art this was a perfect example of "Selling Out" in every way.
No thanks but I will pass on Eclipse. I would rather stay with the version in my head, cause truly I think its way cooler, darker, sexier, and hotter.