Thoughts on New Moon Movie from a Twilight outsider.
So, I have my own beefs with the New Moon movie. Too name a few – I found it lame and unrealistic (and racialized) too have the wolf boys half naked all the time. I totally hated that Bella sat around watching Jacob fix the motorbikes – what, do her lovely lady humps prevent her from picking up a wrench? In keeping with her character – she bought pizza (depleting that precious college fund) – and then threw Jacob a slice as if he were a dog (yup, more icky racialized implications). The Port Angeles scene with creepy dude and the motorcycle ride? Lame and unrealistic. Jacob’s wig (as seen above)? Nuf said.
But, there were lots of things I really liked about the film and I thought it did a very good job keeping to the spirit/tone of the book.
A friend who has not read one word of the series and only saw Twilight once as a rental watched the movie last night. These are his reactions (not word for word as I didn’t tape them or write them down, but they are as close to the tenor of what he said as possible):
Bella was totally weird and unbelievable.
Why did that naked dude have to carry her out of the woods? Can she not walk?
What was up with the motorcycles? She is totally catatonic and klutzy and then decides to rebuild some motorbikes. AND then she doesn’t – she watches Jacob do it.
The cliff jump? Totally unrealistic and dumb. “Oh I can’t walk myself out of the woods, but now I am brave enough to jump off a cliff and if I do I will see Edward.” Dumb.
Why did Edward crash her into the table after the paper cut? Wouldn’t it have been better for him to use his mega strength to launch Jasper away from her?
I find it interesting that many of his beefs with the film were different from mine– especially his reaction to Bella. I found Bella’s behavior to be totally in keeping with her character. But, this got me thinking, for those who have not read the books and don’t know the characters or storylines intimately, how differently do the films come off? Do the movies hold up as stand alone works that give audiences a similar narrative experience as the books? Of course the medium of film is much different and that changes things, but I mean in terms of do the characters and key story points come across in the films IF you have not read the books? Having read the books, I can’t know for sure – but I do think the Twilight experience is best appreciated by reading the books AND watching the films – in a way, the two mediums supplement each other and offer a richer story. This is not how I feel about most books – I usually feel films pale in comparison to their film adaptations. But with Twilight, the films seem to extend and expand the narrative pleasure – perhaps because as Meyer has said herself, she is a very “visual writer” and pictures the scenes in her head as she writes.
What do you all think?
What were your beefs with the film version of New Moon?
I’m gonna watch it again (have been away at conference all weekend so haven’t broken into my 3DVD package) and remind myself what I love (and don’t) about the film…