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This Is Why Twilight’s Baseball Scene Is So Iconic

The baseball scene in Twilight is pure cinematic pleasure and brings joy to even the biggest of Twilight haters from the song to Rosalie's monkey man.

Say what one might about the Twilight franchise as a whole, but the first installment in the series is no where near as bad as some might say. The first Twilight movie set the stage and tone for the entire franchise, and there isn’t a single still image shot in the whole movie that viewers won’t instantly recognize as being from the Twilight world. That’s because of the eye catching and signature cinematography. Also, the soundtrack is on another level—definitely ahead of the times and trends within pop music culture.

Although there are some hit or miss moments (and maybe even entire movies) in the series that don’t quite meet the mark, the first movie is the quintessential essence of the franchise and everything fans loved about the world and the story from the dreary, blue-colored palette that oozed gothic romance, to the mundane aspects of every day teenaged life. Not only was Twilight visually stunning, but it was a literal snapshot of the late 2000s and early 2010s in terms of speech patterns, clothing, atmosphere, and hairstyles. The franchise used to get a lot of hate, but many are now realizing that this hate was unwarranted and was a result of society’s past mentality of so called “female” entertainment.

If there is one scene that even Twilight haters can’t help but grin at and enjoy, it’s the baseball scene. Anyone who has seen the film or even been on the internet in the last 10 years knows exactly the scene in question without any further explanation. Everything about this scene is iconic. There are several things that add to the charm and memorability of this particular Twilight moment including the costuming, dialogue and one-liners, music, setting, and acting. And don’t forget the slow-mo treadmill walking vampire baddies that enter at the end of the scene. The baseball scene is also just a really cool and unique premise that’s never been seen in any other movie. It’s cute and fun, so why not?

As mentioned before, Twilight definitely has a unique look that fans deemed “the Twilight aesthetic”—a phrase that’s used to describe movies or shows (or pictures) set in a rainy, moody town with mountains and trees, or possibly with a blue filter. And that aesthetic perfectly sets the mood for the baseball scene, which takes place in a forest during a thunderstorm (it can’t get anymore Twilight than trees and stormy weather). As fans have said, when the music for the scene starts (Supermassive Black Hole by Muse), they are immediately hooked into the playful moment that demonstrates how even vampires enjoy America’s favorite pastime.

As mentioned before, Twilight definitely has a unique look that fans deemed “the Twilight aesthetic”—a phrase that’s used to describe movies or shows (or pictures) set in a rainy, moody town with mountains and trees, or possibly with a blue filter. And that aesthetic perfectly sets the mood for the baseball scene, which takes place in a forest during a thunderstorm (it can’t get anymore Twilight than trees and stormy weather). As fans have said, when the music for the scene starts (Supermassive Black Hole by Muse), they are immediately hooked into the playful moment that demonstrates how even vampires enjoy America’s favorite pastime.

All the different camera angles, zooms, and quick cuts in this scene really make the characters pop off the screen, and makes it seem like they are performing a larger-than-life act. And they are, as the Cullen family is so strong and fast that they need the cover of thunder to play the game. As described in the book, the vampires’ bodies are like frozen stone, and the sound of them tackling one another sounds like an enormous crack of lightning (as does the sound of the bat hitting the ball from their strength). When Emmett and Edward collide in the scene, it is a little goofy. But viewers are having such a fun time that it doesn’t matter.

The baseball scene heavily relies on the Dutch Angle, which is a photography technique that involves tilting the camera to the side. The best uses of the Dutch Angle in this particular scene have to be the shot of Edward when he turns around just before running off to catch the baseball, and when Carlisle steps up to the plate to bat. The director of the film, Catherine Hardwicke, added several changes to the script for the movie. One of those changes appears in the baseball scene as a line delivered by Rosalie. She says, “my monkey man” approvingly after Emmett climbs a tree to catch the baseball.

This isn’t the first spider-monkey reference used in the film, and although at first many may have cringed at this line, it is now (13 years later) a part of what makes this otherworldly scene so iconic. There are so many great moments in the Twilight series (especially the first film), and rewatching the film will definitely provide fans with some throwback nostalgia and laughs from their 2008 lives.

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