It grossed over $383 million worldwide, making instant stars of Pattinson and Stewart and also causing wild scenes of fandom at various premieres around the world.
At the premiere later that evening, the massed ranks of teenage girls screaming at him and the cast was something like The Beatles at Shea Stadium in 1965.
The new film is expected to do even better: a ‘fan event’ attended by the stars last week in Battersea (complete with red carpet interviews) was so big some radio stations even mistook it for a premiere.
I got a sneak peak of New Moon yesterday at a press screening in London and the audience mostly consisted of media folk (like me), teenage girls and their parents.
Bearing in mind that I am way out of the target demographic for this material, here are my main thoughts:
- It is slightly more expansive in terms of the locations (the action even shifts to Italy at one point)
- Technically, it is an improvement on the original as the supernatural action is more convincingly done.
- The narrative drags here and there but mostly moves along in a brisk and accessible fashion.
- Fans of Edward may be a little disappointed that he isn’t in the story for long stretches.
- Anna Kendrick is funny – she should be given a larger role next time.
- For people unfamiliar with the books, brush up on Wikipedia or some things are going to leave you a little confused.
- As a middle story (like The Empire Strikes Back) it leaves a few threads to be tantalisingly picked up on in the next film.
- The last line of the film is clever as it pushes all the buttons of the audience …all at once.
But despite the lack of genuine magic, there is no doubt that it will dominate the box office this month and make those publishers and executives who originally turned it down continue to tear their hair out.