When did turning 18 become such a bummer? In the moody, angsty The Twilight Saga: New Moon—the second film based on Stephenie Meyer’s feverishly popular teen vampire novels—being an 18-year-old human girl with an always-17 undead boyfriend suddenly makes you a cougar. You have nightmares of looking like grandma while your beloved still looks as dewy as the day you met. Even if he is 109.
In part two, Bella Swan’s (Kristen Stewart) rock star of a vampire boyfriend, Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), not only won’t give her that kiss of immortality that would keep them in each other’s sparkly arms forever, but he skips town. Cue the seriously mopey music.
You feel Bella’s pain—it’s an intense display of teen heartbreak—because who doesn’t miss those slo-mo shots of Edward walking across the school parking lot? As it happens, the broody Edward is pretty AWOL for the next hour, possibly a tad disconcerting for audience members inclined to shriek at the sight of him.
What happens next is best summed up as, uh, who let the dogs out? Rabid fans will know, but let’s just say that cute Native Jacob (Taylor Lautner) suddenly becomes freakishly ripped and he and his bros start running around in cutoffs that make them look like a pack of Incredible Hulks. Coincidentally, really huge vampire-chomping wolves—entertainingly CGI-cool—appear in the forest.
Chris Weitz (The Golden Compass) has made a slick movie, but he and screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg got saddled with a story that, although absorbing, is pretty glum. The pulse quickens when Bella flies to Italy—on Virgin Airlines, natch—to save Edward from a creepy vampire cult. Michael Sheen vamps witty as a canny, bewigged bloodsucker, but was there detectable heat between Edward and Jane, Dakota Fanning’s mini-dominatrix vampire? That would have bite.
Bronson Pelletier In Twilight Saga: New Moon
The role in New Moon is his biggest to date. “I was so psyched, I was so pumped!” he exclaims. “I ran into this random gas station. I had to tell someone else, ‘Yeah! I just got a part in a movie!’ I was so happy!”
Pelletier’s voice is jubilant, his excitement infectious over the phone. The character of Jared is not unlike him, he explains. “He’s a little more knowledgeable about becoming a wolf than the other members, and he’s more levelheaded. I like to bring a little bit of myself to each character I portray, so I kind of brought the whole jokester side to Jared. I’m quite a bit of a jokester.” He admits to pulling pranks on the set, and in TV interviews one can see he definitely enjoys being the class clown.
Not having appeared in the first film, Twilight, Pelletier is now on the cusp of being exposed to an international audience and fan base, and the frenzy has begun. Case in point: he has already been approached to be involved in a fan site on Facebook, which he has agreed to, and he is using it to communicate with fans on-line.
“It still feels very surreal to me right now. I’m just taking it with a grain of salt, one day at a time, and just having fun with the whole thing.”