The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009) (part 4 of 6)
Woken up by a tapping sound, Bella takes her sweet time getting out of bed, and finds Jacob outside her window throwing pebbles to get her attention. He wants to talk now, and without waiting for permission, he makes a spectacular series of jumps up a tree and off the outside of the house and jumps in through her window. And yes, he’s shirtless. Still, that was a pretty neat trick.
He and Bella greet each other awkwardly, and Jacob apologises. He tells her he wishes he could explain, but “literally” can’t, because it’s a secret that can’t be shared with anyone, a secret that isn’t his to share. He implies that he’s “bound” in some way, and honestly? Taylor Lautner’s acting here is much better than a lot of the performances we’ve had in this series. It’s amazing what an actor can do when he actually gives a shit.
Bella touches him sympathetically and says she hates what “they’ve” done to him. But Jacob spots the bite-scar that James left on her arm in the last movie, and informs her that she already knows his secret.
He starts to hint at it, reminding her of the first movie when they walked on the beach together and he told her the story about his tribe. For a refresher, see my previous recap. Bella remembers, or at least she remembers the part about the “cold ones”.
Jacob unhappily remarks that of course that’s the part she’d remember, and gives up. Bella tries to tell him there must be some way he can get out of whatever trouble he’s in, but he says he’s “in it for life”.
She suggests that the two of them could just leave together. Jacob is touched, asking her if she’d really do that, and yet again she’s (perhaps unwittingly) leading him on. Some people have called her continual almost-flirting with him cruel or selfish, but I don’t think Bella’s a bad person, per se. She’s just an idiot.
She tells him she would do it, for him, but he’s still upset, saying he can’t run away from it all. But he would run away with her, if he could. He’s almost in tears as he says this, and honestly, my heart goes out to him. He says he has to leave, and gives her a hug, whispering to her to “try and remember”.
With that, he makes another breathtaking leap out of the window, and lands unharmed on his feet two stories below.