New Moon is a slight improvement on it’s after school special predecessor Twilight, but we can do much better than this for teen dramas.
“Human” Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) is entering her senior year at high school, still dating her vampire boyfriend Edward (Robert Pattison,) but at least she’s turned her sappy sulking down from a 9 to a 7. After protecting her from the umpteenth attack from his vampire family, Edward finally realizes they need to be apart and leaves her.
The emotional sulking goes back up to a 9, and Bella finds comfort in the company of her friend Jacob. The big revelation, which you already know from watching the trailer is that Jacob is a werewolf. Jacob is still immature, but seems to a partner that Bella could have and keep some semblance of a normal life.
Vampires and werewolves don’t get along, which inflates that drama to teenage proportions when Edward returns to the scene.
Other than the mundane dialogue, bad acting, and silly story that alters vampire folklore at its own will, I believe Edward is not a hero. He only protects Bella from problems he causes and can only destroy what makes her human.
On the other hand he’s a father’s dream boyfriend for his daughter. Edward can barely touch Bella without going into a vampire rage. Roger Ebert got it right in calling Twilight an extended metaphor for teen chastity. Still, Bella desires most what she can’t have, and I think that’s the draw of this particular series.
New Moon’s repetitive spoon-feeding of Romeo and Juliet analogies are trite. Edward tries to off himself after mishearing news of Bella’s death. Edward recites lines from the play. It’s thievery from a greater story, because this one has no soul.
New Moon is the second film in the series and is missing the two main ingredients of all good movies. They should stand on their own, and have a beginning & end. This is just a tool to set up the next movie. Actually, I am the tool for having watched it.