New Moon director Chris Weitz says he wasn't taken aback by critics' harsh words for the Twilight sequel (Ty Burr of The Boston Globe called the vampire flick a "mope-fest.")
"Nothing surprises me in terms of reviews," Weitz tells Entertainment Weekly. "Having been a reviewer myself, there are only two ways to spin this story. You can either be the one guy who says this is a great movie, or more likely, take a more jaundiced view of the whole thing. And given the media blitz that has accompanied 'New Moon,' it's rather unsurprising. I do wish there was more appreciation for cinematographer Javier Aguirresarobe. I think he's a genius, and I think he made something beautiful."
He says he is just relieved fans embraced the sequel, which earned $285 million worldwide in its opening weekend.
"If one could imagine their biggest fears, it would be complete rejection of the movie by the fans," says Weitz. "What I've realized over the last week is I won't necessarily get good reviews for this movie. Having swallowed that, this was made for the fans, and if you don't get it, then you don't get it."
After enduring a rigorous world press tour to promote the film, Weitz says he's "at the point of physical collapse."
But he says he'd dive in the director's chair again for Breaking Dawn, the yet-unannounced final installment.
"I'd do it for Stephenie [Meyer], Rob [Pattinson], Taylor [Lautner] and Kristen [Stewart]," says Weitz. "I feel a great deal of gratitude for those people. But I don't think I could do another press tour like we did. I just think I would die."