And, Thanks!

It’s really easy to move through life without ever stopping to smell the roses and reflect, so to speak.  Which is an absolute shame.  I am a firm believer that you must look at the past to learn from mistakes and move on.

So, as most of you know, us Americans celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow.  Canadians had theirs last month.

If you haven’t yet stopped, at least once this year, take the time to reflect on all the blessings you have.   Because there are a lot of people who don’t have many.

My thanks this year are many and varied, and I won’t list them all here.  But I should thank you, my loyal readers.  You have helped me keep up this blog for the past 5 months.  Here is to many, many more!

As my own, personal contribution to this holiday, below I have written a “Guy’s guide to surviving The Twilight Saga:  New Moon.” Because you know all of your significant others are going to drag you out to see it, if you havent already, after all the black friday shopping.

The Guy’s Guide To Surviving “The Twilight Saga:  New Moon”

Besides being the most rediculous title ever, this movie is going to be painful for most people.

First off, the heart of The Twilight Saga is a romance story.  And its pretty sappy.  The emotions are all dripping from every letter that she writes.

But that is just it.  It works on the written page.

If you haven’t seen the first movie, this movie is going to be painfully long for you.  Even if you have seen the first movie, this movie is going to be painfully long to you.

Essentially New Moon is all about exposition and character development.  It sets the whole saga up for its two big conflicts.  Where the first Twilight could pretty much be taken as a standalone movie, this one cannot.  It is a slice of the Twilight pie.

The one potential saving grace – the whole “we must save Edward” plot at the end was skipped through almost entirely.  You should have got to see a Porsche racing through the streets of Italy.  What you got was a glorified commercial, with some twisty turns here and there way out in the wilderness.

Prepare yourself for many a “Bella, I wouldn’t ever do that to you” lines, and “Bella, He hurt you so badly” scoffs.

What not to miss, because you know she is going to drag you to the next two movies:

The Volturi – they actually pulled the look of the volturi off very nicely.  Pay particular attention to the scene where they torture Edward, including the dialogue.  This will be a KEY conflict in the future.

Victoria – She is going to be the main setpiece for the next movie.  And hopefully, they will make the battle epic.

The Jacob/Sam/Werewolf dynamics – if you have even a remote chance of understanding the next two books and the conflicts therein, you need to know the dynamics here.  However, they don’t do a good job of explaining it, and most of it is glossed over (a big mistake), so PAY attention whenever the wolves are on screen

The Jacob/Bella Dynamics – Yes, I know.  The lines are cliche and many (Bella, I would never hurt you – that line gets OLD, and FAST).  But this is the heart of the story.  If you miss this, you are going to miss the entire point of all four movies.

All in all, be prepared for a movie lacking, what I think, was the heart of the book – only gracing what it needs to in order to get the exposition done.  It tends to be a slow, long movie – but you can’t really zone out without missing the few, fleeting, key moments.

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One Response to “And, Thanks!”
  1. Tutunkommon says:

    I haven’t read the books, but I did see the second movie last night. The first movie wasn’t too bad. New Moon was very disappointing. The plot was completely predictable, from beginning to end. I wish I could get 2.5 hours of my life back.

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