ROMANTIC FANTASY; 2hr 10min
STARRING: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner
Teen angst: Pattinson and Stewart
Bella Swan (Stewart) and Edward Cullen (Pattinson) are back for a second bite at the romance cherry in New Moon, and Edward is a study in alabaster-skinned gloom. Then again, he has a great deal to be gloomy about, as a 109-year-old vampire sleekly encased in the body of a 17-year-old boy and in helpless love with 18-year-old mortal Bella (who is desperate to become a vampire herself, which Edward won’t have a bar of).
To protect his ladylove, Edward and the Cullen family vanish from the woodsy burg of Forks, Washington state, leaving Bella even more despondent than she was before. She pals up again with her old buddy Jacob Black (Lautner, going great guns), who is also a werewolf and in love with her… It’s the kind of hearts-and-flowers complicated that keeps Stephenie Meyers’s Twilight Saga on bestseller lists and will doubtless pack cinemas for this Chris Weitz–directed movie instalment. The attraction for fans is anticipating every glumly outlandish moment. So what if the action drags its achy-breaky feet and Edward and Bella have the pep of a wet shroud? This colossal thing is bigger than everybody in it.