THE WEEKEND MARQUEE: ‘New Moon’ Fever…Critics Hate It, But Fans Are Swooning
Twilight-Mania will be sweeping through the box office this weekend and not even Martha Stewart has been spared. On Jimmy Fallon, Kristen Stewart said the domestic diva told her that she has had dreams where she hangs out with Robert Pattison. She told the late night viewers,
She just said that they hung out in her dream. I don’t know what goes along with that. I didn’t like, push it. I was just like, ‘Ok, that’s cool.’”
Stewart’s costar Kellan Lutz told Metromix Chicago that the most extreme reaction he’s gotten was when a young girl fainted when the cast did a mall appearance. He said,
I remember this one girl, she wanted a hug and I picked her up—she was so small—and twirled her around and put her down and started talking to this other fan. And I hear this [thud]. Everyone gasped I was like, ‘What?’ And then you see her on the ground just laying there. And she wakes up right away and crying, she’s like, ‘Iloveyouiloveyouiloveyou.’ I was like, ‘Whoa. Thank you. Don’t do that again.’”
THE BUZZ: Bad. Summit’s hasty decision to fire the director of the first movie, Catherine Hardwicke, appears to have backfired majorly. New Moon has gotten the worst reviews of any major tentpole movie this year. Yes, even worse than G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. Paramount was so afraid of the negative reviews for that movie that it wasn’t even screened for critics beforehand.
The bad reviews didn’t matter in that case and definitely won’t do anything to slow down the Twilight juggernaut. G.I. Joe ended up grossing over $150M and the Twilight Saga: New Moon will far exceed that number. Earlier this week, over 2, 150 screenings had already been sold out, before the movie even opened.
The New York Times Manohla Dargis says,
“The problem, already evident in the first movie, is that a vampire who doesn’t ravish young virgins or at least scarily nuzzle their flesh isn’t much of a vampire or much of an interesting character.”
Roger Ebert writes in the Chicago Sun-Times,
The Twilight Saga: New Moon takes the tepid achievement of Twilight (2008), guts it, and leaves it for undead. You know you’re in trouble with a sequel when the word of mouth advises you to see the first movie twice instead.”