Okay – minds out of the gutter…not where I’m going with this.
Remember my love for Stephenie Meyer… To recap – love the books, not because they are high art, but because the author deserves the love. Just a regular Mormon housewife who had a dream (literally) and wrote a book about it. She’s stayed grounded and is just a regular nice person. (I know people who know her.)
SO – Twilight the movie…great because it allowed a visualization of the beloved book, but seriously – quite laughable and hard to defend to those who aren’t ardent fans. Lame special effects clouded otherwise well-executed performances by the stars.
You may recall from my Twilight post that I was unsure about Jacob.
I am TOTALLY switching teams! Look, anyone who’s read the books knows which “team” (Jacob or Edward) wins the prize, so it’s rather pointless to be siding with either man, but ladies…It is Cougar Town for this old lady.
Taylor Lautner is a beautiful specimen of a man. Seriously – he’s 17 years old? I feel dirty, but in such a good way.
I don’t care who you are…this boy is beautiful.
Just soak it in for a moment.
So, of course I saw New Moon at midnight. Duh. I just didn’t get into the New Moon hype like I did for Twilight. As you’ll recall, I was way ahead of the game on the fandom, but now that the Twilight fever has hit the world with such force, it’s just not that fun to be a fan anymore.
I didn’t really watch the trailers. Didn’t really get all amped for the movie. In fact, I was so tired last night I almost considered missing it.
Oh so glad I didn’t.
I am here to give you a rousing YES YES YES on this movie. It’s amazing what a little money can do for special effects. I LOVED the werewolves. All of them. Hot hot hot. And the wolves themselves…very nicely done.
I was worried.
Fears allayed. This is a beautiful stand-alone movie…even without reading the books. I … just … loved it.
New Moon may be my favorite book of the series because I thought it portrayed anguish better than anything I’d read in some time. There is a point in the book where Meyer shows the painful passing of time by writing the month on a blank page: October. Then the page is turned. November. And on for several pages/months. I just remember the first time I read it and feeling the pain with each physical turn of the page. Turning the pages actually hurt.
I loved that. And for me, the movie does a perfect job of showing this pain in the way Meyer intended. I was so pleased with that scene.
I do have some nits to pick. Same nits. Edward. Still don’t see the love for Rob Pattinson. He’s fine. But there was a point in the movie where his shirt was off for several minutes, and it just made me uncomfortable. I kept thinking, “Dude. Back on. Just put it back on.”
He’s too skinny, pasty white, and just looks emaciated to me. Not a muscle bulging anywhere. And really, same gripe as last movie…chest wax dude. Clean it up for your big scene.
But overall – two enthusiastic thumbs up.
So Anna…I know Breaking Dawn broke your heart. Move past it. Come back to the dark side. You’ll be glad you did.
A little taste: