Monday, 20 September 2010
In TWILIGHT (2008), Catherine Hardwicke's revisionist take of a love story between human and vampire is actually credible for its teen-angst undertones. Although the movie is weighed down by its overall corny execution, TWILIGHT remains decent enough. But not so for this much-anticipated follow-up, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON, in which director Chris Weitz replaced Hardwicke (who had to back out due to scheduling conflicts), is shockingly dull in almost every department.
Based on the insanely popular young adult novel by Stephenie Meyer, TWILIGHT (which is the first one in a four-part series) is essentially an age-old love story in the vein of Romeo and Juliet-style dressed in a modern vampire genre, geared for the particular demographic under 17-year-old. Stories like that is nothing new at all, and TWILIGHT is no exception but somehow director Catherine Hardwicke, who took this unlikely task, understands the rabid madness behind the success of TWILIGHT and successfully crafted a little picture that definitely hit the heart, as in Meyer's novel, of the under 17-year-old demographic especially the female audiences.