Friday, March 23, 2012

Movie Review: Twilight (with RiffTrax)

Twilight was one of those movies that I couldn't bring myself to watch in its original state. I needed to be shielded from its direct effects. So I borrowed the RiffTrax [1] treatment from an undergraduate in my lab. It was kind of hard to get it synced up with the movie—and this was only confounded by the fact that we recorded the movie off television and it had commercial breaks, so we frequently had to re-sync. I recommend you use VLC Media Player [2] because it has the ability to speed up or slow down playback, thus making it easier to keep the commentary on track.

My verdict: If you have to watch Twilight, the RiffTrax commentary is a must. The movie was pretty bad—almost as bad as I expected it to be.[3] The commentary is often hilarious, though it has some profanity and is lewd in a couple of instances. Not surprisingly, there were some scenes that were unintentionally hilarious aside from or even in the absence of the RiffTrax commentary—Edward looking like he was going to throw up when he realized Bella would be his lab partner in biology, Jasper staring ravenously at Bella, the "spider monkey" quote, etc.[4] The only praise I really have for the movie itself is that there was some good cinematography of the Washington rain forest.


[1] Rifftrax is the successor to Mystery Science Theater 3000 (to read some of my MST3K reviews, see here and here). Rather than record their commentary over the movie (which requires them to purchase distribution rights), now they just record their audio commentary and you play it while watching the movie. You can preview and/or purchase the RiffTrax commentary for Twilight here.

[2] You can download it for free here. It handles more types of files than either Windows Media Player or iTunes, so I recommend it.

[3] My opinion of the movie before seeing it was mainly based on previews and other spoofs, e.g. Buffy vs. Edward, How Twilight Should've Ended, and 30-Second Bunny Theater: Twilight. Oh, and don't forget to look at the Kristen Stewart vs. Emma Watson montage.

[4] We also got to see some rather ridiculous deleted scenes sans commentary.

Image attributions:

Twilight in Norway is by Sondrekv, available at

1 comment:

  1. I was going to recommend the Buffy vs. Edward, but clearly you've already seen it! I thought the books were pretty interesting to read, but I never became fanatical, have never desired to read them again, and didn't really enjoy the two movies I saw. I think I'd enjoy some humorous commentary, though!