Happy Revenge Of the Fifth, everyone! The two day Star Wars holiday only comes but once a year, so I imagine like a lot of fans, you and your friends will be having Star Wars marathons beginning with The Phantom Menace and naturally concluding with The Force Awakens. These days have been celebrated for a while now, but really kicked things up a notch last year with the Force Awakens hype.
As you lament the death of Porkins in A New Hope or debate what Darth Vader hated more: the Rebel Alliance or sand, why not do something different? Instead of just watching the movies and commenting on them (“Dudes, I’m telling you Yoda vs R2D2 in Empire is the greatest fight in franchise history!”), why not enhance your viewing parties with Rifftrax? The guys just released their riff on The Force Awakens and it doesn’t disappoint.
Image via Rifftrax
Image via Movieweb, joke via Rifftrax
For those who don’t know, Rifftrax is done by Michael J Nelson, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy. They were on Mystery Science Theater 3000 back in the day, but for the last ten years have made names for themselves with Rifftrax. They are MP3s you can listen to while watching a movie. They make fun of movies, but not in a mean spirited way. Even the people involved in the movies can laugh at their jokes.
Image via Entertainment Weekly, joke via Rifftrax
While The Force Awakens was an entertaining movie, the guys at Rifftrax prove every movie is riffable. They poke fun at some things you probably overlooked while watching the film, like the fact Rey has a hovercraft, but when it comes to going up and down hills, she needs to use a sled or the fact Finn is killing tons of Stormtroopers escaping the First Order, even though he left them because he was against killing people. These and other funny musings fill the MP3.
Image via Newsarama, joke via Rifftrax
As a Rifftrax fan, I’d say this is one of their best riffs yet. There is never a dull moment in their two hour roast of JJ Abram’s hit movie. Nelson, Corbett and Murphy definitely brought their A game in this one.
While my personal favorite riff of theirs is still Starship Troopers, this one definitely ranks up there with their riffs on Jaws, the Avengers and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. It is definitely worth the $3.99.