Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) is devastated by the abrupt departure of her vampire love, Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) but her spirit is rekindled by her growing friendship with the irresistible Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner). Suddenly she finds herself drawn into the world of the werewolves, ancestral enemies of the vampires, and finds her loyalties tested.
Dans ce deuxième volet de la série best-seller Twilight de l’auteure Stephenie Meyer, la passion entre la mortelle Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) et le vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) s’intensifie autant que de précieux secrets menacent de la détruire. Lorsqu’Edward n’est plus aux côtés de Bella pour la protéger, celle-ci confronte dangereusement le destin de la vie en espérant le voir ressurgir pour la sauver. Rescapée par son ami Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner), elle en vient à découvrir les mystères surnaturels du monde qui l’entoure et qui mettent sa vie plus que jamais en péril.
, the second in Stephenie Meyer's blockbuster teen-fiction saga adapted for film, is stronger than its predecessor, Twilight
. Director Chris Weitz (The Golden Compas
s), taking the helm from Catherine Hardwicke, brings a lighter, more assured touch to the sequel, which continues the star-crossed love story of mortal Bella (Kristen Stewart) and vampire Edward (Robert Pattinson). Incidentally, Edward is absent for most of the film; after an accident on Bella's birthday reminds Edward that her life is always at risk when he's around, he chooses to abandon her, sending her into a deep depression. The only person who helps her heal her broken heart is her friend Jacob (Taylor Lautner), a member of the Quileute tribe who, as he grows taller, beefier, and more aggressive (with less clothing), comes to realize he's not entirely human either. But even his love for Bella doesn't prevent her from throwing herself in the path of danger, because that's the only time she can see visions of Edward. One such fateful misunderstanding sends Edward into the coven of the Volturi (a sort of vampire Mafia, if you will), where the most dangerous vampires hold both Edward and Bella's fate in their cold, dark hands. Much of New Moon
rests on the shoulders of Lautner, so scrawny in Twilight
, who famously packed on the muscle to avoid getting recast. He's very nearly successful in carrying the load, but the cheese-tastic beefcake scenes disservice him, and Jacob and Bella's complicated friendship stumbles on its way to any kind of love triangle. Some of that blame lies with Stewart, who understandably holds her emotions close to her chest but reveals much too little (c'mon, even an angsty girl has to be a little joyful in the arms of two different hunks). As is with the book, the film is just a bridge between sagas, so the plot drags and not a lot happens. Fortunately, while Twilight
was trapped in its own self-consciousness, the wobbly-legged cast seems to have found stronger footing in New Moon
; the jokes come faster, the writing (by Melissa Rosenberg, who also scribed Twilight
) is a hair wittier. (Even Pattinson seems more comfortable in Edward's skin.) The Volturi, highlighted by Michael Sheen's Aro and Dakota Fanning's Jane, also make an all-too-brief impression, but at least there's more to look forward to when Eclipse
, the third installment, is released. --Ellen A. Kim