These are a list of films I either really like or love that either not enough people have seen or…
The Skeleton Twins
Family is a cruel joke.
Estranged twins Maggie and Milo coincidentally cheat death on the same day, prompting them to reunite and confront the reasons their lives went so wrong. As the twins' reunion reinvigorates them, they realize the key to fixing their lives may just lie in repairing their relationship.
An immediate addition to my top ten or fifteen favorite films of the year. Whoever Craig Johnson is, he sure as hell knows how to create a perfect blend of comedy and drama, and I'm already eagerly anticipating his next film.
These are what I would describe as breakout performances for Kristin Wiig and Bill Hader, because it demonstrates that they can apply their comedic styles to realistic, dramatic roles.
One of the things that I enjoyed most about The Skeleton Twins was how the tone of the film was equally as bipolar as the characters; it fluctuates between upbeat and tragic moments with the same instability as its protagonists.
Nonetheless, Maggie and Milo hardly seemed like characters because they…
I wasn't sure exactly what about this film was drawing me into seeing it in the theaters, especially on opening day (at least in my area). I hadn't seen any previews, just read a simple synopsis and knew about the general cast involved. But now I realize that, whether the reasoning have been some subconscious knowing or just the way things work out, that this film is exactly what I needed to see at this particular time in my life. Much of it hit closer to home than expected and it managed to bring about that odd occurrence when it suddenly seems like something gets in both of my eyes.. on more than one occasion, I might add.
I don't think enough films explore the bonds between siblings. So often it's romantic or parent-child relationships. I'm not a twin, but I have a little brother close in age to me and we both struggle with mental illness. Growing up, we had a pretty typical sibling rivalry, and there were times when I told anyone who would listen how much I hated him. Something my mom and my 8th grade teacher said has resonated with me all this time - they predicted that as adults, we would be very close. No one would understand us like we understand each other, and we'd depend on each other for emotional support. We would be "all each other had." Now that we're…
Although stuck with some recurring indie cliches and typical subplot resolutions, The Skeleton Twins is a stirring example of fine material elevated into a special film of grounded truth and poetic secrets. Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig are both absolutely fantastic, and along with Craig Johnson's assured direction and Reed Morano's moody cinematography (the Halloween setting was kewl), the film brilliantly rises above convention and transforms into a deeply-felt story of heartbreak and gentleness.
"You’re my brother, and we’re supposed to be there for each other."
“Blood is thicker than water” is a saying that was constantly running through my mind while watching The Skeleton Twins. I've heard that saying many, many times over the years but I never really understood its meaning – until now.
The twins in The Skeleton Twins are Milo and Maggie (Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig, respectively). They've been estranged for ten years and one day, after Milo attempts suicide, the two are able to reunite from their hiatus after Milo goes to live with Maggie and her husband, Lance (Luke Wilson). The twins are a bit odd but, even after a decade, there’s…
“I see you're getting your sense of humor back.”
The Skeleton Twins was a pleasant surprise which surpassed all my expectations. I wasn’t familiar with director Craig Johnson’s previos film (True Adolescents), and despite having seen Kristen Wiig in some strong dramatic roles before, I didn’t expect Bill Hader to be able to deliver one. I’m glad I finally got around watching this small indie drama because it is one of the best of the year. Despite covering some familiar territory, the chemistry between the two leads is what makes this film stand out. We’ve seen films focus on sibling relationships in the past, but I can’t remember the last time I saw one that felt so authentic as The…
Re watching this made me realize how talented Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig are. i constantly re watch their howlarious clips from SNL until i cannot control the laughter any longer. Here they are depicting fleshed out characters so beautifully. The show stopping moment has to be the tribute to Starship . Extremely funny and heartbreaking in equal doses. One of my favs of the year.
This movie is still The Best Movie I Have Ever Seen
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
the drowning scene was spooky man
I've been a fan of Hader and Wiig for a long time, but I never knew they had this in them. They deliver two incredibly powerful performances in this hilariously poignant family drama that will bring tears to your eyes and a smile to your face. I watched this with low expectations, and I was pleasantly surprised by this wonderful gem.
In the span of only 2 years Kristen Wigg was in:
Welcome to Me,
The Skeleton Twins,
Diary of a teenage girl.
As a spiritual sequel to Welcome to me, this film affected me almost just as much.
Solid performances all around, but The Skeleton Twins has a fairly predictable plot and it loses a bit of steam about halfway through. Also, it curiously lacks any true emotional heft, leading to a pretty arbitrary experience most of the time.
Although the first act of this film does not do much justice for what it's trying to achieve, the last two acts settle to achieve a well acted and well paced film. The film does want to showcase itself as a Dramedy, and it does lean towards Drama as the film does sometimes offer up some laughs, but sometime's it made me forget that i was watching a Comedy. Besides that, i thought it was a good film. It may not have had a truly captivating narrative at first, but the characters are interesting and have their own stories that truly make this film enjoyable. 7/10
O Bill Hader e a Kristen Wiig são dois dos membros mais engraçados do Saturday Night Live, mas quando decidem encarar papéis mais dramáticos, wow, cuidado!
This list is films with LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual, queer and intersex) content that I watched or will watch
***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
Wow! I never would have expected that I'd get anywhere close to 100 likes on this…