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The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)
I saw Twilight before reading the series and I thought it was well done. After reading the book, I still agreed with my original thought, it held true to the book and cut out only what wasn't extremely important to the story. Now, of course, I read the books before seeing New Moon. The thing that bothered me the most about the movie is what always bothers me about sequels... the characters, while the same, looked different; and on my way home, I figured out it was the eyes. While it seems like such a trivial piece of the movie, the gold tones, as opposed to the blue tint, worked for everything except the eyes. the vampires in this series are supposed to be friendly, safe, and as harmless and one-of-us as possible. This made them look very freakish which was not the case in the first movie.
Other than the screaming teenagers that I wanted to smack that were ga-ga over Jacob, I thought it was decent. They cut out parts of the book that weren't completely relevant to the film and it worked well without, but because I knew what happened I easily followed the undertones and inferences left in the film. I went with a friend who had not read the books and she enjoyed it as well and didn't think it was hard to follow without knowing more details.
Overall, it was good. Some minor bad, cliché, acting points, but forgivable with their charm and love for the story. Only time will tell if I continue to like it after seeing it again when I can really dig deeper into the script.