There had been a lot of hype surrounding it, so it was hard not to have it playing in the back of my mind when I thought of what movies to go and see in the weeks ahead. So with popcorn in hand and two girlfriends along with me so I didn’t look so out of place, I sat down to watch the next instalment in this vampire/werewolf series.
“Just after Bella’s 18th birthday, Edward decides to leave her behind in an effort to protect her. As the heartbroken Bella sleepwalks through her senior year, numb and alone, she discovers she can summon Edward’s image whenever she puts herself in jeopardy. Her desire to be with him at any cost leads her to take greater and greater risks.
With the help of Jacob Black, her childhood friend and a member of the mysterious Quileute tribe, Bella refurbishes a motorbike for her adventures. Bella’s frozen heart is gradually thawed by her budding relationship with Jacob, who has a supernatural secret of his own.
In a race against the clock, Bella learns the ancient secret of the Quileute tribe and Edward’s true motivation for leaving her. She also faces the prospect of a potentially deadly reunion with her beloved that is quite unlike the one she had hoped for.”
Overall, I found this to be a much better movie than the first, as it was in the hands of a more capable director and felt like a much tighter piece of work.
The story again had its ‘cheesy’ moments and its flaws, but it was still a great continuation of the saga. But my main issue was that I found myself identifying with the character Jacob and with what he was going through, and being put through for that matter.
So by the end of the movie when it was focused on Bella and Edward, who are of course the main characters, I couldn’t help but be thinking, “what about Jacob? Doesn’t he deserve better?”
The fact it made me even think that question is a good sign for the film as it made a late-20’s guy care about the story and its characters. So overall I enjoyed this film and it was a step up from the first.
8 out of 10 from me.