Monday, February 22, 2010


Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner,
Billy Burke, Dakota Fanning, Michael Sheen, Ashley Green

"The next Chapter Begins"

The second installment of the "Twilight" saga begins with a nightmare. Then for the rest of the film you got Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) pining, pining and pining some more for her lost love. It hurts so much that she believes she now has a hole in her chest. Awww. Poor thing! Even the presence of her childhood bff (best friend forever) Jacob (who in turn is pining for her) doesn't mend her broken soul. His well toned muscular body with killer abs doesn't even make any significant impact because she is still pining for a pale faced vampire named Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson). He utters "You're not good for me" to Bella then vanishes from her life. A supposedly heroic sacrifice he must make since he refuses to make Bella, a vampire.

Still set in bleak undertones in a town called Forks, the film is a lot more darker yet more edgier than "Twilight". Brilliant computer generated scenes of guys evolving into menacing werewolves and hologram like apparitions of Edward Cullen add credence to the plot. But I did find the soundtrack a bit intrusive. Loud songs blasting the eardrums inserted during the 'pining' moments gave me a headache.

Otherwise, the story line is basically well executed. With the action really picking up during the last interval of the film. I like how the director (Chris Weitz) added some hue towards the final scene with those red capes flowing in a picturesque Italian town. Acting wise, I still believe Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson are rigid as marble and have no onscreen chemistry. But I'm glad Taylor Lautner really pumped (literally) it up to give his character Jacob more smiley appeal and charisma.

I'm still not going to read the books in the Twilight series so I will just wait patiently to be entertained by the movies adaptation of this intriguing saga.

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