A “New Moon” Rises… “Twilight” Sequel Arrives Nov. 20

Photo Courtesy of Summit Entertainment

Photo Courtesy of Summit Entertainment

Stevie Klein ’12
Web Features Editor


Photo Courtesy of Summit Entertainment
Photo Courtesy of Summit Entertainment

For 130 minutes on Nov. 20, 2009, “Twilight” fans will be enchanted as the second book, “New Moon,” comes to life on the big screen. Directed by Chris Weitz and starring the original cast including Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan, Robert Pattinson as the vampire Edward Cullen and Taylor Lautner as the werewolf Jacob Black, “New Moon,” rated PG–13, plans to be more dramatic, intense and action-packed than “Twilight” was.  

The events of Bella’s (Kristen Stewart) 18th birthday party cause Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and his family to leave Forks, Wash. to protect her, although Edward convinces Bella it is because he doesn’t love her. This causes unmanageable depression for Bella and it takes Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner), an old childhood friend who has some supernatural secrets of his own, to pull her out.

As Bella spends time with Jacob, she discovers that she hears and sees Edward when she puts herself in danger. Even worse, her long awaited reunion with her beloved Edward might be deadly. 

Because of the movie’s immense success, hopes and expectations are high for the sequel, and those disappointed with the first hope to see “New Moon” as a more accurate interpretation of the book.

“I do not think [‘New Moon’] will be as good as the book, or as sad,” said Annabel Burchill ’12, a dedicated fan. “Not many teenage girls will be interested in seeing a long depressing movie with no Edward Cullen, so I’m sure they will twist it up in some way to include more Edward.  But other than that I think it should be pretty good, unlike the ‘Twilight’ movie which was very bad and had no comparison to the book.”

Other changes to the franchise include the replacement of Catherine Hardwicke, the director of “Twilight,” with Weitz for “New Moon.”

Social Studies teacher Chi-Ann Lin is upset by the directorial change.

“I hope [‘New Moon’] is as good as ‘Twilight,’ but the directors are different. I really liked the first director’s vision in the first movie,” said Lin.

Morgan Goldberg ’11 thinks that the movie will be better then the last because there is “more money in the budget and the characters are more experienced.”

As excited as Staples students are for the release, this excitement generally extends mostly to the girls.

“I won’t watch it. It’s such a girl movie,” said Ben Platt ’12, who has not seen the first movie nor read the books. However, some boys disagree and are excited to catch the flick.

“It’s a girls’ movie, but I go against that and I love it,” said Jason Kozel ’12.

The newest “New Moon” heart throb is Jacob Black, and many girls are excited to watch him in his bigger (and more shirtless) role.

“He’s beautiful,” said Goldberg. 

When the movie premieres at 12:01 a.m, the seats will be full as excited kids, teens, and  adults grab popcorn, candy, and keep their eyes glued on the screen, as the next movie in the “Twilight” saga begins.