Chris Weitz and Summit Entertainment have struck gold with Twilight Saga New Moon. Frankly, any regular ManicDDaily reader could have predicted this: while Kristen Stewart manages to embody both the ordinary and heroic—a combination of qualities that many young girls envisage in themselves, Robert Pattinson embodies (literally) what many young girls envisage for themselves. And then there’s the extra set of muscles, bright smile, and uncannily canine shagginess of Taylor Lautner.
Where the movie fails, though, is in targeting the needs of tweens, a core fan group, for quirky scenes, lines and gestures which can be repeatedly replayed (i) in their heads, and (ii) on their downloaded versions of the movie, (iii) preferably, at a slumber party.
The first movie, Twilight, had an abundance of these quirky, (one might say) goofy, moments. They were camp, but could somehow bear the weight of repeated viewing: (i) RPatz’s shaken/frozen face after he stops the careening car; (ii) “I’m a killer, Bella,” (iii) the whole “you shouldn’t have said that,” “spider monkey,” thing (iv) the first kiss; (v) the second kiss; (vi) the third kiss.
New Moon has remarkably few of these quirky moments —moments that one can imagine young girls watching again and again in giggles and pajamas. In my pre-vcr/dvr youth, this need was filled by our actual re-enactment of scenes. My personal favorite was Olivia Hussey’s death scene in Zeferelli’s Romeo and Juliet, which I performed with great gusto and convincing gasps on numerous all-girl occasions. “Oh happy dagger, this is thy sheathe. There rust and let me die.” (Yes, I was a weird kid.)
But what would a weird kid re-enact in New Moon? All I can come up with (and these are no match for Hussey) are (i) Bella’s single-arched-browed “kiss me,”, and (ii) Dakota Fanning’s smiling “this may hurt a little.”
So, will this lack of re-enactable scenes translate into a lack of repeated viewings? A drastic downfall in ticket and DVD sales after the initial hot weekend?
I doubt it. The film still has a lot of Rob Pattinson abs. (Apparently, even 109 year-old vampires have adopted modern low-rise fashions. Who knew?)
And, then of, course, there are kisses 4, 5, 6, 7…. But who’s counting?