The bare chested vampires and werewolves of Twilight sequel, New Moon, shattered the all-time 3rd biggest opening weekend record of $135.6M. It also set the record for biggest 2-day total with $115.9M, passing The Dark Knight’s 2-day take of $114.8M. It was the biggest November opening in film history, besting Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire's $102.7M.
OK. So New Moon is a huge success. But what is the reason for that? Is it a particularly good movie? Are the actors any good? How's the story? What's that? Edward and Jacob are half naked through the movie? Where do I get tickets!
Really, though. I've heard mixed reviews on the film and those performing in it. I have yet to see New Moon so please take all that I am saying with that in mind. I saw the first movie and it was OK. I haven't read the books, but I've people have told me everything from "I couldn't put it down," (great) to "I couldn't put it down fast enough." (awful) Teen angst stuff, even when coupled with vampires and werewolves is something that I can only watch so much of. I actually enjoy the CW's Vampire Diaries, but I think it's darker than Twilight and I enjoy that. It makes it somehow more real.
I will probably wait until New Moon hits the dollar theater in town before seeing it. In the mean time, all I have to do is browse the internet to see a barrage of shirtless Taylor Lautner and Robert Pattinson images. If that's the hype that will bring young girls, not so young housewives and the occasional gay man into the theater then so be it. Here's my contribution to the hype.
So have I cast my vote for Team Edward or Team Jacob yet? One thing I've got say about Taylor Lautner is that he worked his ass off to keep this part after the first movie. You've got admire someone who knows what they want and will work hard to get it.
On the other hand, I've always loved a sexy vampire.