I was very pleasantly surprised by just how much I enjoyed this movie. I really had issues with Twilight, but they just did bounds above that with New Moon.
- One of the best song pairings in a movie: Thom Yorke during that chase scene. Very, very nicely done!
- Taylor Lautner absolutely blew me away. From the book being from Bella's perspective, I feel like we lose a lot of this journey for Jake. But Taylor brought it to life in an almost painful manner. I connected with his suffering the greatest, actually. I felt so terrible for him in the truck, when they're about to kiss and he wants to but knows that she doesn't and it is so obvious how much that hurts him.
- Kristen Stewart gets most improved award. I thought her part was so lacking in Twilight, and she proved to me that she can actually act. She looked like she loved Edward, rather than being grossed out by the "lovey-dovey" stuff. She really showed Bella's pain. I was so happy to see her grow as an actress.
- Aro was done very well. I love his creepy interest in Bella.
- As everyone else said, the emails to Alice were a very nice way to have Bella's monologue in there.
- Kinda nit-picky, but I was disappointed that Edward's eyes were still golden in Volterra. He was depressed, he didn't care about life, he just wanted to die. And he was STARVING! His eyes should have been jet black. Just one of those small things that took me out of the story a little.
- Laurent's accent kinda wavered a lot during his speech, and it threw me off. It was like he couldn't decide if he was Rasta or French. It was strange.
- I agree with whoever said that Bella would not just hop on a motorcycle with a stranger. That was too much of a stretch. Thankfully, it wasn't enough to kill the mood.
I have to disagree with those saying all the little one-liners were distracting and took away from the mood of the movie. Some of them were during happier times of the movie, and others were very obviously used as attempts to lighten Bella's mood, like Charlie's little joke at her bedside. She didn't laugh, and he knew it was a wasted effort. And Harry's "my kung fu is strong" was a very deliberate cover up of his anxiety about Bella trying to look into Jacob's whereabouts since he became a wolf. The movie still maintained the correct mood at the right moments.
Also, I almost cried when Harry had his heart attack. I guess all the weepiness from the rest of the movie carried over, but I couldn't help it.
Precisely because death awaits us in the end, we must live fully.
Stars did fly toward each other, irresistibly, as if they were falling in love. And millions of years later, lovers on Earth drew together and fell in love, watching the stars fall.