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Film Review: “The Twilight Saga: New Moon”

(Summit Entertainment. 2 hours, 10 minutes. Rated PG-13 for some violence and action. Directed by Chris Weitz.) Kristen Stewart (Bella Swan), Robert Pattinson (Edward Cullen), Taylor Lautner (Jacob Black), Ashley Greene (Alice Cullen), Rachelle Lefevre (Victoria), Billy Burke (Charlie Swan), Michael Sheen (Aro), Dakota Fanning (Jane), Jackson Rathbone (Jasper Hale). Music by Alexandre Desplat.

Strictly for the fans. Early box office says this followup to last year’s tween megahit Twilight should be even more successful. There’s a new director, Chris Weitz (About a Boy, The Golden Compass). I don’t think it’s a better movie, though. Not having read the wildly-popular books, I didn’t know much going in. There’s the buff Jacob to tempt the human Bella. She’s in love with Edward, who’s a vampire; meanwhile, Jacob has his own issues. I don’t want to give anything away, but is there a shortage of human boys in the state of Washington? Meanwhile there’s a lot of heaving and sighing, meaningful looks and whispered pledges. Not much action, on any level; I’m OK with unfulfilled romance, but to a point. The fans told me this movie is good; members of “Team Edward” and “Team Jacob” will be showing up at the theaters this weekend in any event. Nice score by the busy Desplat.

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