By Kassidy Scheppler
Many people believe New Moon is a movie just for women and young teens. But when at the theaters you actually see many men watching the movie — which may account for the film’s surprising box office.
The Twilight Saga: New Moon grossed approximately $140 million on its first weekend — the highest weekend gross for any film this year. It was also the biggest opening weekend ever outside of the summer movie season, and one of the top five of all time, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The Oct. 27 midnight screening at Cinemark Tinseltown in Medford was complete pandemonium, with screaming girls drowning out all of Robert Pattinson’s lines.
The character of Edward isn’t featured in most of the novel on which the film was based, so the filmmakers added material to spotlight their main attraction. Pattinson, who plays Edward, was shown as a ghost throughout the film. The filmmakers perhaps went a little too far with the digital representations of Edward that appear at seemingly every turn — not that anyone was complaining.
Ironically, the film begins with Edward telling Bella (Kristen Stewart) that they will never see each other again — even though anyone could predict this before the end of the film’s 130 minutes.
But Bella soon finds out that to see Edward she has to put her life at risk. She turns into an adrenaline junkie — jumping onto a motorcycle with a strange man, jumping off cliffs and riding her own motorcycle at breakneck speeds.
“If a rush of danger is what it takes to see him, then that’s what I’ll find,” Bella writers to a friend.
The vacuum left by Pattinson’s absence is filled by Taylor Lautner, who plays Jacob Black. Lautner keeps the audience engaged by taking his shirt off and doing wolf impressions.
At the Oct. 27 at Tinseltown, not many in the audience were fans of Lautner until he took his shirt off at around 12:45 a.m., at which point the audience reaction was deafening.
You also get to see the wolf pack, who have a few action scenes in the movie. The action scenes look more realistic than the ones in the first Twilight installment, probably due to the larger budget.
It was enjoyable to see how closely the movie went along with the novel. In the first Twilight, the plot went a little further away from the novel. This time, there’s too much Edward, while the novel featured more of the relationship between Bella and Jacob.
New Moon can capture the attention of all ages and genders, not just weomen and young teens. I have even seen men in their mid-twenties go from making fun of the movie to seeing the movie in the cinema and enjoying it.
Eclipse, the third film in the Twilight series, will be released next summer.
“The Twilight Saga: New Moon”
130 min, PG-13, 2009
Directed by Chris Weitz. Screenplay by Melissa Rosenberg, based on the novels by Stephanie Meyer. Starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner and Michael Sheen.