The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009), All You Want To Know & Watch About A Great Movie
The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)
Edward leaves Bella after an attack that nearly claimed her life, and, in her depression, she falls into yet another difficult relationship – this time with her close friend, Jacob Black.
- Chris Weitz
- Melissa Rosenberg (screenplay)
- Stephenie Meyer (novel “New Moon”)
The Twilight Saga: New Moon, commonly referred to as New Moon, is a 2009 American romantic fantasy film based on Stephenie Meyer’s 2006 novel New Moon.
It is the second film in The Twilight Saga film series and is the sequel to 2008’s Twilight. Summit Entertainment greenlit the sequel in late November 2008, following the early success of Twilight. Directed by Chris Weitz, the film stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner, reprising their roles as Bella Swan, Edward Cullen, and Jacob Black, respectively. Melissa Rosenberg, who handed in a draft of the film script during the opening weekend of Twilight, returned as screenwriter for New Moon as well.
Filming began in Vancouver in late March 2009, and in Montepulciano, Italy in late May 2009. The film was released on November 20, 2009 in most countries, and set domestic box office records as the biggest midnight screening, grossing $26.3 million, which was superseded by its sequel, Eclipse. This led to the highest single-day, domestic gross on an opening day, with $72.7 million, until it was beaten in 2011 by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, which made $91.1 million, by nearly $20 million.
Furthermore, New Moon opened with the third-highest domestic opening weekend since 2002 grossing a total of $142,839,137. The film also became the highest-grossing film released by Summit Entertainment, and was the widest independent release, playing in over 4,100 theaters in its theatrical run, until it was surpassed by The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.
New Moon was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on March 20, 2010 through midnight release parties. As of July 2012, the film has grossed $184,916,451 in North American DVD sales, selling more than 8,835,501 units, four million of which were sold within its first weekend, beating Twilight‘s 3.8 million units sold in its first two days. The film was well received by fans, but received generally negative reviews from critics.
The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009) Trailer
The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009) Reviews
In his absence she’s befriended by Jake (Taylor Lautner), that nice American Indian boy. “You’ve gotten all buff!” she tells him. Yeah, real buff, and soon he’s never wearing a shirt and standing outside in the winter rain as if he were–why, nothing more than a wild animal. They don’t need coats like ours, remember, because God gave them theirs.
Those not among that five percent of the movie’s target audience that doesn’t already know this will (spoiler) be surprised that Jake is a werewolf.
Bella: So…you’re a werewolf?
Jake: Last time I checked.
Bella: “Can’t you find a way to…just stop?
Jake (patiently): “It’s not a lifestyle choice, Bella.”
Jake is influenced, or controlled, or something, by Sam, another member of the tribe. He’s like the alpha wolf. Sam and his three friends are mostly seen in long shot, shirtless in the rain, hanging around the edges of the clearing as if hoping to dash in and pick off some fresh meat.
The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009) Film Credits
The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)
Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan
Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen
Billy Burke as Charlie Swan
Anna Kendrick as Jessica
Michael Welch as Mike
Justin Chon as Eric
Christian Serratos as Angela
Taylor Lautner as Jacob Black
Ashley Greene as Alice Cullen
Cam Gigandet as James
Aro as Michael Sheen
- Chris Weitz
- Melissa Rosenberg
Based on the novel by
- Stephanie Meyer
The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009) Plot
On her eighteenth birthday, Bella Swan awakens from a dream where she is an old woman and Edward Cullen, her immortal vampire boyfriend, is forever young. Despite her lack of enthusiasm, Edward’s family host a birthday reception for her at their residence. While unwrapping a gift, she receives a paper cut. Edward’s foster brother, Jasper, is overwhelmed by the scent of Bella’s blood and attempts to attack her but is restrained. Believing that he and his family are putting her life in danger, Edward ends their relationship, and the Cullens leave Forks.
Bella is left severely depressed and isolated for months. Her concerned father, Charlie, wants to send Bella to live with her mother in Jacksonville, Florida. She refuses, promising to spend more time with her other school friends. After she and Jessica see a movie, Bella approaches some rough-looking bikers outside the theater, much to Jessica’s dismay. The dangerous encounter reminds Bella of a previous near-assault where Edward rescued her. She imagines seeing and hearing him and realizes that thrill-seeking activities evoke his image.
Bella’s Quileute friend Jacob Black helps ease her pain by engaging her in various activities. He says that many of his tribal friends follow and obey Sam, another Quileute. While attending a movie with Bella and Mike, Jacob abruptly leaves after becoming inexplicably upset and suffering a burning fever. Bella drives to his home after he avoids seeing her. Jacob has cut his long hair and now has the same Quileute tattoo on his upper right arm as Sam and other tribe members. He tells Bella to stay away.
When Bella hikes to the meadow that she and Edward often visited, she is confronted by Victoria’s vampire companion Laurent. As he is about to kill her, a wolf pack appears and attacks him. Bella eventually discovers that Jacob and the other tribe members are giant werewolves. Their age-old enemies are vampires, though a treaty exists between the Cullens and the tribe.
Jacob’s pack members are currently on alert for Victoria, the vampire seeking to avenge her mate, James, whom Edward killed to protect Bella. With Jacob focused on adapting to his new shape-shifting powers, Bella again finds herself alone and returns to seeking thrill-inducing activities, deliberately oblivious to Victoria’s presence.
Through a series of miscommunications, Edward believes that Bella has killed herself after Edward’s sister Alice has a vision of Bella jumping off a seaside cliff. Distraught, Edward travels to Italy to ask the Volturi (a powerful coven that act as vampiric overlords) to end his life, as he is incapable of doing so himself. When they refuse his request, he plans to force their hand by exposing himself as a vampire to humans during a large festival. Alice returns to Forks, shocked to find Bella is still alive.
Alice and Bella travel to Italy to save Edward, arriving in time to prevent him from revealing himself as a vampire. Relieved that Bella is alive, he explains that he only left Forks to protect her and promises never to leave again. Edward defends Bella from Felix, one of Volturi, as the Volturi do not allow humans to confide in vampire society, but Edward is easily overpowered. As the Volturi are about to kill him, Bella asks they kill her instead.
Impressed by a human’s willingness to sacrifice her life for a vampire, the Volturi determine that Bella, knowing that vampires exist, must either be killed or be transformed into a vampire. Alice shares her vision of Bella as a vampire with Aro, a Volturi elder able to read thoughts through touch. Aro decides to let them go after extracting a promise that Bella be turned eventually. After returning to Forks, Bella asks the Cullens to vote on her becoming a vampire. Only Edward and Rosalie vote no.
Jacob reminds Edward that the years-old treaty with Quileute will be broken if any Cullen bites a human. Bella tells Jacob it is her choice. Edward tells Bella he will change her into a vampire if she marries him.
The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009) Box office
New Moon set records as the biggest midnight opening in domestic (United States and Canada) box office history, grossing an estimated $26.3 million in 3,514 theaters. The record was previously held by Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, which grossed $22.2 million domestically during its midnight premiere. In 2010, the following sequel, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, broke New Moon‘s record with $30 million in over 4,000 theaters but surpassed by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, which made $43.5 million in 2011.
The film grossed $72.7 million on its opening day domestically, becoming the biggest single-day opening in domestic history, beating The Dark Knight‘s $67.2 million.This opening strongly contributed to another record—the first time that the Top 10 films at the domestic box office had a combined gross of over $100 million in a single day.The record was later broken in 2011 by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, which made $91.1 million.
New Moon‘s opening weekend is the ninth-highest opening weekend in domestic history with $142,839,137 and also is the tenth-highest worldwide opening weekend with $274.9 million total. At the time of its release, the film achieved the highest weekend debut in November, breaking Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire‘s record ($102.7 million) until The Hunger Games: Catching Fire surpassed it with $158.1 million.
With an estimated budget of just under $50 million, it is the least expensive movie to ever open to more than $200 million worldwide. On Thanksgiving weekend, the film grossed $42.5 million, and including Wednesday and Thursday ticket sales, grossed $66 million. It has earned $230.7 million in total since opening last week, 22% more than the previous film grossed in its entire theatrical run.
Internationally, the film grossed roughly $85 million over the weekend, adding up to a total worldwide gross of $473.7 million in 10 days.In its third weekend New Moon grossed $15.7 million in the domestic market and another $40.7 million internationally for a worldwide gross of $570.1 million. In its fourth weekend, the film dropped down to #4 with an estimated $10 million, bringing its domestic total to $296,623,634.
The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009) Critical reception
New Moon received generally negative reviews from critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 28% of 232 critics gave the film a positive review, with a rating average of 4.80/10.
The site’s general consensus is that “The Twilight Saga‘s second installment may satisfy hardcore fans of the series, but outsiders are likely to be turned off by its slow pace, relentlessly downcast tone and excessive length.” On Metacritic, which assigns a weighted mean rating out of 100 reviews from film critics, the film has a rating score of 44 based on 32 reviews. Audiences polled by Cinemascore gave the film a “A-” grade.
Robert Ignizio of the Cleveland Scene described the film as an “entertaining fantasy”, and noted that it “has a stronger visual look [than Twilight] and does a better job with its action scenes while still keeping the focus on the central love triangle.”
Michael O’Sullivan of The Washington Post gave the film two-and-a-half stars out of four, praised Kristen Stewart’s performance in the film and wrote, “Despite melodrama that, at times, is enough to induce diabetes, there’s enough wolf whistle in this sexy, scary romp to please anyone.” The Seattle Post-Intelligencer gave the film a “B” grading and said, “the movie looks tremendous, the dialogue works, there are numerous well placed jokes, the acting is on point.”
Time Out New York gave the film 4 stars out of 5, calling it “acceptable escapism for those old enough to see it yet still young enough to shriek at undead dreamboats.” Jordan Mintzer from Variety stated, “Stewart is the heart and soul of the film”, and added that she “gives both weight and depth to dialogue…that would sound like typical chick-lit blather in the mouth of a less engaging actress, and she makes Bella’s psychological wounds seem like the real deal.”
British film critic Mark Kermode gave the film a positive review, saying, “After an initial 20-minute dip, when I thought, ‘This is actually going to be two hours of mopey-mopey,’ I thought it found its feet.” He also excused the film’s characterization of Taylor Lautner’s character, saying, “The sight of the buff, young guys running through the forest with their tops off was slightly smirk-inducing. But it’s fine. They know what their target-audience is.”
Mick Lasalle from the San Francisco Chronicle responded with a more mixed review, stating, “[E]xpect this film to satisfy its fans. Everybody else, get ready for a bizarre soap opera/pageant, consisting of a succession of static scenes with characters loping into the frame to announce exactly what they’re thinking.”
Digital Spy gave the film 2 stars out of 5, praising Kristen Stewart for “carrying the film on her shoulders and, once again, bringing plenty of soul to a character who might otherwise come across as self-indulgent”, but was critical of its lack of action, ultimately calling it “a draining experience”. Roger Ebert gave the film 1 star out of 4 and said that it “takes the tepid achievement of Twilight, guts it, and leaves it for undead.” Richard Roeper graded New Moon with a C− and called it a “plodding, achingly slow, 130-minute chapter in the saga”.
The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009) Accolades
Since its release, New Moon has received several nominations and awards. In March 2010, the film received the ShoWest Fandango Fan Choice Award for 2009’s Best Movie. At the 2010 Empire Awards, Pattinson was nominated for Best Actor and Anna Kendrick was nominated for Best Newcomer, the film won the award for Best Fantasy Film, while Pattinson won an award for Best Performance.
At the 2010 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, the film was nominated for Best Movie, but lost to Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, Lautner won an award for Favorite Movie Actor, and Jacob and Bella, who were also nominated alongside Edward and Bella, won an award for Best Couple. At the 2010 MTV Movie Awards, Pattinson, who was nominated alongside Stewart and Lautner, won the award for Global Superstar; the Best Male Performance award was also given to Pattinson, who was, again, nominated against Lautner. Stewart and Pattinson won the award for Best Kiss, while New Moon won the award for Best Movie.
For the 2010 Teen Choice Awards, held on August 8, the film and its actors were given a combined total of ten nominations, eight of which the film won, and three separate awards going to The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. In addition, the film was nominated for Best Horror Film and Taylor Lautner was nominated for Best Performance by a Younger Actor at the 36th Saturn Awards, but lost to Drag Me to Hell and Saoirse Ronan, respectively.
Lautner was also nominated for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Actor at the 2010 Young Artist Awards. However, it was nominated for four Razzies: Worst Supporting Actor (Robert Pattinson), Worst Screen Couple (Kristen Stewart and either Taylor Lautner or Robert Pattinson), Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-off or Sequel, and Worst Screenplay.
The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009) pictures.
The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009) Movie Info
Rating:PG-13 (Some Violence|Action)
Producer:Karen Rosenfelt, Wyck Godfrey
Release Date (Theaters):Wide
Release Date (Streaming):
Box Office (Gross USA):$296.6M
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