After being abandoned by her vampire love, Edward, Bella throws herself into the arms of her childhood friend Jacob. Fate would seem to have another plan for her, as Jacob also pushes her away after discovering he possesses his own set of monstrous new powers. Now, it is up to Bella to set off to Italy to save Edward from being killed, while deciding once and for all which side she must take in the epic battle between the vampires and werewolves inhabiting her small town. Chris Weitz steps in to the director's chair in this strong sequel to the smash hit TWILIGHT, and manages to juggle the action, drama, romance, and suspense with much success. A vibrant color palette and ambitious filming lend the film a stimulating visual style, though the computerized werewolf characters often come off as being a bit cartoony. The love triangle between Bella, Jacob, and Edward is riddled with the expected teen angst, but outside of some of the sappier moments, the trio of young actors are all in good form and deliver solid performances. Considering the fact that it is a Romance film that just happens to include characters out of the Horror realm, let alone the fact that it is a sequel, NEW MOON does an excellent job at advancing the characters and the drama carried over from the book series while catering specifically towards its intended audience.
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**Before this rating is called in to question, be sure to note that the grading scale being used in this particular instance would be for similar romantic teen Horror films of its kind, if they existed, which to my knowledge they probably don't. I can't rightfully rate and critique this film against a genre and audience that it is not catered to.