The question, I think, is why “New Moon” can get away with the disjointed subplots and cheesy dialogues and yet able to make tons of girls in the theatre we visited swooning all the way from opening to the end credits – literally so. Some guys would play along and ‘swooned’ ahead of the girls causing lots of giggles from the audience. We love the crowd at Cineleisure. Movie distributors seem to know that this second installment of the Twilight Saga would be a hit in this small island of ours. Multiple theatres are playing “New Moon” simultaneously to meet the demand. Cynthia and I forcefully brought our buddy TK to watch “New Moon”. He has not watched the first episode and at the end of the show, he said to us, “There won’t be a third for me”. And we had a good laugh.
The answer, I think, is fantasy. It is fantasy beyond the beautiful cold-blooded vampires that shimmer under bright daylight (?!) and the over-sized hot-blooded werewolves (?!) that transform from human form at will (and back with the pants on); it is a fantasy beyond the teenage flirtation of lips licking, body hugging, almost kissing, countless promises of the forever-and-ever; it is simply a fantasy of a regular girl becoming the object of great desire and a man’s desire to protect the vulnerable girl at all cost. Who wouldn’t want to be Bella? Who wouldn’t want to protect Bella? And hence, the ticket sales.
To say that Cynthia adores the Twilight Saga with a capital A is an understatement. It is almost illegal for me to raise the question on what she sees in the pale withering malnutritional vampire played by Robert Pattinson who was named as one of the “Sexiest Men Alive” in 2008 by People magazine (?!). Equally illegal for me to ask why she has so fallen in love with the werewolf played by Taylor Lautner – like I suppose many of the fans of the saga – who mind you has a stunningly solid body at the age of 17 and a beautiful smile. The filmmakers seem to play that to its fullest. Every time Taylor takes off his shirt, all the girls simply melt and swoon and cry for more.
I for one am not complaining watching Kristen Stewart playing the role of Bella. I am a big fan of her since the days of “Panic Room”. Nor any complain with some of the vampire girls like Ashley Greene (plays the role of Alice) and the brief appearance of Dakota Fanning, which I hope I can see more in later episodes. My only complain is the weak soundtrack compares to the first episode. There were Muse’s “Supermassive Black Hole”, Paramore’s “Decode”, and Linkin Park’s “Leave Out All The Rest”. What does the soundtrack of “New Moon” have? Terribly depressing, terribly boring. I really hope that they can make a better soundtrack for the next installment.
By the way, “Twilight” the first episode will be on Star Movies tonight. “Haven’t you watched that on TV recently?” I asked over breakfast. “It doesn’t matter. It’s Twilight!” Cynthia answered.