More and more films premiere on Video on Demand — if they don’t simply bypass a theatrical release altogether. Because VOD reviews are often scarce and hard to find, Criticwire created VODetails, a recurring column to help you figure out whether a new VOD release is worth your hard-earned dollar. This time we’re looking at “Twixt,” the latest film from Francis Ford Coppola — not the classic story of star-crossed lovers who meet over a shared candy bar.
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Cast: Val Kilmer, Elle Fanning, Joanne Whalley
Criticwire Average: C+ (13 critics)
Synopsis: “A writer with a career in decline arrives in a small town as part of his book tour and gets caught up in a murder mystery involving a young girl.”
“‘The Godfather’ it’s not, but this had more vigor and immediacy than either ‘Youth Against Youth’ or ‘Tetro.'”
“Fun, but fairly flimsy — it doesn’t have the ambition of his previous film, the black-and-white character piece ‘Tetro.'”
“The joy of ‘Twixt’ is to watch Coppola unspool a film that acts on instinct and impulse as opposed to narrative drive, a picture that celebrates the joy of experimenting free of the commercial choke of any kind of studio system.”
“Apparently inspired by a booze-induced dream, it’s simply too full of personal import to connect with an audience.”
“An embarrassingly juvenile film from a once major auteur.”
“Twixt” is now available on VOD and iTunes.