It was a ridiculous time to be watching a film, but it didn’t stop hundreds of screaming teenage girls packing Vue Cinema at the Edinburgh’s Omni Centre at midnight last night. The film keeping them all up way past their bedtimes?
New Moon, the latest installment in the Twilight saga.
The dark and daring sequel combines love, terror, hate, revenge… and a reluctant vegetarian vampire. We pick up the action with Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) in the middle of a rather unconventional love story.
She’s a girl, he’s the veggie vampire. When he leaves to protect her, local boy Jacob befriends Bella, and soon reveals that he too isn’t quite what he seems.
The young cast have improved significantly, and a quality performance from Michael Sheen, as Aro from vampire royalty the Volturi, adds to the film, although he was somewhat under-used compared with the young and inexperienced stars.
Sheen will be back, and more performances like his can only help improve the franchise.
Overall New Moon improves on the first installment, which at times lacked convincing special effects, or convincing acting. A twenty-first century take on the vampire genre, it’s a modern film for modern times.