Sunday, December 6, 2009

My Promise: 'Twilight Saga: New Moon '


Some of you know about the little (HUGE) promise I made to my sister in law several months back.  For those that don't, I had promised her I would wait to see 'The Twilight Saga: New Moon" with her on Black Friday. OK, big deal right? YES, HUGE deal!

Yes, Leslie had been the one to bring Twilight to my attention when she was reading the first book, Twilight around Halloween 2008. She raved and raved about how great the book was and reccomened that I too read it. I didn't bite, yet. To remind everyone, the original Twilight came out in theater in November 2008. She went to see it opening weekend with my brother, all the while I had honestly not really known that much about this movie, the book, or really any of its actors.  I vaguely remember her saying that it was in fact a great movie.

Fast forward to March of 2009. THIS was when I saw Twilight for the first time. On DVD. I watched it by myself at home. I was instantly 100% in love. I LOVED this movie and could NOW see what Leslie had been talking about this whole time. I watched the movie over and over and over again. I lost count really. I HAD to read the books now. I went out and bought Twilight immediately. I read it in under 3 days, and I'm NOT a big reader. I hate reading. Hate. However, I LOVED reading this. I was told there was more, in addition to reading about it in the sneak peak at the end of Twilight. I went out once again and bought New Moon, and this time decided to get Eclipse while I was at it. I knew I'd want that too. I had read New Moon and Eclipse in under a week and these are NOT small books. They're both over 600 pages! (OK, so it's kinda big print, but still!) I was at this point a fixated, tunnel visioned Twilight FAN! And mind you, I NOW knew about the actors in Twilight, mainly a very gorgeous Robert Thomas Pattinson. SWOON!

During the frequent visits to VA or the visits by Leslie (and brother and nephew) here to NC, It was obvious to her how much I was now "in the club." I now knew what she was talking about from the previous year, and it showed. It was sometime over the summer that plans were made to once again travel to VA for our annual Thanksgiving at Leslie's home. Knowing this, and the fact that the second Twilight movie, New Moon was set to come out in theater around this time, she asked if I would wait to see it with her. I obliged. I promised. I don' t think at the time I completely knew what this would mean to my psyche and overall well-being!

For a little bit of a calendar refresher, New Moon debuted at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, November 20th. My visit to VA wouldn't be until Wednesday, November 25th. Oh. My. Gah. I was going to have to wait an entire 6 WHOLE DAYS to see it?! I started realizing my dilemma back in October. I contemplated cheating. I thought about seeing it and "just not saying anything to anyone". But I couldn't. I couldn't do this to Leslie. Or myself. I had made a promise. I kept telling myself this over and over and over again. For those who knew my situation on Twitter, you knew my concern was to be spoiled with others' reviews. I didn't want this. So, I took a tech hiatus. THAT alone was hard. I'm addicted to TWITTER! How was I going to just not tweet? I had to manage. I had made a promise.

So I waited the 6 days. I drove to VA on Wednesday night the 25th knowing that in just 2 days I'd be seeing it for myself. I wouldn't have to hear from others how great it was. (and yes, I heard SOOOO much about it prior to MY viewing; I tried to block most of it) I started my countdown just as you all did, only mine was several days later!

I made it though Thanksgiving DAY knowing that it would be that NIGHT that I'd be seeing it. After we ate we sat and waited for the clock to turn 6 p.m. so we could head to the theater. The movie didn't start until 7:30 p.m., but dammit I didn't want to take even the slightest chance of being late, not getting a good seat directly in the center of the theater and in the middle of the middle row. (yes, I'm a little OCD) I wanted to make sure I had time for refreshments and HAD to ensure I had time to visit the little girls room first. I didn't want to miss ANY of the movie because of my bladder!

With my brother, Leslie, my sister Brittany, and her boyfriend in tow, we got there with plenty of time to spare. (Yes, I was the 3rd wheel, but I could have cared less) There was a huge line, but we got through it. We bought our drinks and popcorn. I peed. We entered the theater to find the perfect seats. Goosebumps came upon me when I entered as the credits were rolling from the previous showing, playing the song 'Meet me on the Equinox' by Death Cab For Cutie. We found the middle row of the middle of the theater. There was even a bar in front so we could prop our legs up. The night was coming together!

It seemed like it took FOREVER for 7:30 p.m. to roll around, but it did. The lights dimmed. The previews started. I had heard that some theaters were showing the trailer for 'Remember Me'. I was REALLY hoping to see this, as to be quite honest, I am absolutely enchanted by the storyline to this movie and for one can't wait to see my favorite actor branch out from the Twilight Saga and show everyone how truly talented he really is. After 5 previews and no Remember Me, I was starting to get a little miffed. And then it came. Oh My! It looked SO MUCH BETTER on the big screen. (March 12, 2010 people! March 12th!)

The previews were done. The movie was starting. I hadn't taken a breath since the Remember Me trailer. I took one.  The next two hours and one minute of my life were the most fascinated I'd been in a long time. I LOVED the movie wholeheartedly. It was done beautifully. It was true to the book. It was spell-bounding. The wolves were fantastic. The acting was so much better. Oh my gosh, Taylor as 'Jacob' was breathtaking. He blew me away. (for his acting and portrayal as Jacob, not for his abs... that's jail-bait!) And, for the love of my heart, Rob as 'Edward'. Let's just say, I'm a fangirl. Can this man be any more beautiful? I think not. Everything about this movie was worth waiting for. Yes, there were some cheesy moments in the movie, but you know what? Who cares. Chris Weitz, as the director, did an amazing job in my opinion. He stayed true to the story that women everywhere fell in love with. He truly encapsulated what Kristen's 'Bella' went through after 'Edward' left her. And I gotta say, Kristen's acting of Bella was so much better than that of Twilight. So much. And she looked prettier! Her pain could be felt. I admired that Chris Weitz was really, truly able to get that across. The cinematography was gorgeous. The 'Volturi' was brilliant. Dakota Fanning's 'Jane' was mesmerizing. I can't wait to see more of her. I didn't get my fill in New Moon. Need more of her. There really wasn't much of New Moon that I didn't like, well maybe that it was over after the 2 hours and 1 minute. The ending was perfectly set up as a prelude into the next chapter, Eclipse.

Leslie, I am so happy that I waited to see it with you. I am happy with myself that I didn't cheat. I am thankful that I was able to enjoy it alongside the person who truly did turn me on to this world of Twilight. I am just sad that now we both have to wait until June 30th, 2010 to see Eclipse. That seems like forever from now! But wait we shall.

We'll both wait.

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