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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…
"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…
Why I watched this movie? The Skeleton Twins is getting excellent reviews....and I had read that Bill Hader's performance might get some award recognition.
What is this one about? Having both coincidentally cheated death on the same day, estranged twins (Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig) reunite with the possibility of mending their relationship.
My thoughts on this one? Looking at my Letterboxd tags...I was shocked that this was the 8th Hader movie that I have watched in 2014. When did he start appearing in so many movies?
The Skeleton Twins is a much darker movie than I was expecting. Movie deals with death, suicide attempts, adultery and failure....all the things you need for a nice light movie. There are four…
“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…
Bill Hader is terrific and the film picks up every time he's on screen, but it's not enough to save a trite, overly-sentimental script riddled with heavy-handed metaphors and some heavily contrived dialogue / characters.
This is the movie where Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader get serious for a moment. Many comedic actors reach the point where they want to try out something a little more substantial, a little out of their comfort zone. In some cases it pays off, in others it doesn't. The Skeleton Twins lies somewhere between those two extremes.
Wiig and Hader are doubtlessly quality actors, and their range is in plain view here. They both do great with their roles and really bring the characters to life. The Skeleton Twins has plenty of problems, but it isn't these two. Where the Skeleton Twins falls apart is in its screenplay, a soppy very special episode about suicide and depression. These dark…
The fish scene was very personally upsetting.
I can't say I am totally surprised as how great both Wigg and Hader are, but I was blown away. And Luke Wilson as the befuddled husband is perfect as this "Basic Bro" who just doesn't see what is right in front of him. This is as good as "Dramedy" gets, really. At times it is genuinely funny, and others genuinely sad. The emotional moments don't feel cheap, but earned because of both the writing and the performances. I suppose the director knew that given the leads' history on SNL together that they would play will as twin siblings. Wigg has been giving good performances, but casting Hader was an absolutely inspired choice. I only hope they get more roles along these lines and not just Bridesmaids 4, etc.
Knock out performance but Bill Hader, completely different to what he's done before. Very self aware and familiar to its audience. Character based with real emotion as well as comedy.
Kristen Wiig & Bill Hader deliver two deeply moving performances in The Skeleton Twins.
A quirky film that doesn't try too hard to be quirky. Its far from perfect but there's enough about it to capture your imagination and hold your attention.
Just didn't work for me. Bill Hader gives a fantastic performance, though.
***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
Wow! I never would have expected that I'd get anywhere close to 100 likes on this…