We arrived at 8:00pm, four hours early for the midnight showing, but there was already a gigantic line. We bought tickets to see an early showing of Twilight, which scored us wristbands that gained us entrance to reserved seating. (Perfect location: First three rows of the upper section. We were the first to arrive from the Twilight showing, so we were sitting front and center. :] )
Our good luck ran out around the middle of the movie though. Apparently the film was delivered wrong to theatres all over the state. Half the rooms showing New Moon had film that was incorrectly spliced and the last half of the movie was shown upside down and completely backwards. The dialogue was even reversed. The problem could not be resolved, and we were given two options. We could stay and watch the movie after it was finished playing in the theatres that were still working, or we could come back another time for free.
We stayed, of course, because we're just hard core like that. ;) We didn't leave the theatre until 5:30am. The staff gave all of us "rain check" cards to make up for the disappointment and inconvenience. I now have five free movie passes to be used over the next six months. I'm thinking it's a fair trade...
But back to the movie... Can someone say INCREDIBLE! I thought it was a wonderful balance of "doing things by the book" and spicing up the action scenes for the screen. My only complaint was that so much time was dedicated to the action that much the relationships were left to be assumed. Not enough time was spent building the bond between Bella and Jacob, and the one between Bella and Edward was left completely to the imagination until their reunion at Volterra. Even then, most of the beautiful heart-wrenching dialogue was cut. :/
However, the chemistry between the actors was wonderful. Kristin and Rob work well together, as does the pairing of Kristin and Taylor (*squeeeelll* for Team Jacob!). The rivalry between the boys was portrayed wonderfully. Both actors did their parts well: Taylor as bitter and rejected, and Rob as calm and reserved. The characters' personalities from the books showed through. Edward is a bit more mature and willing to accept Bella's decision, whatever that may be, and Jacob was more determined and demanding, though without Edwards pathetically twisted idea of what is in Bella's best interests. He at least knows Bella well enough to know that the worst thing he can do is abandon her, even if his presense is dangerous.
And Victoria? Ohmigosh. :) She was wonderful this time. Her hair is finally the right color and her acting is superb. She's a terrifying opponant. Dakota Fanning made for a pretty creepy Jane as well. I was really surprised. She made a BIG step out of her "little kid" roles for this one. The girl looked positively evil.
Anyhow, if you weren't able to see it last night, you should definitley go. It was worth the lack of sleep and frustration at seeing a few spoilers upside down and backwards... :)
Below are some photos of our Team Jacob awesomeness:
[Pictured: Me, Kylie, Courtney, Ryan and the line of dedicated fans that showed up around 8:00.]