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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…
Effectively humorous and engagingly sad in equal parts, The Skeleton Twins definitely works as a dramedy. It never reaches any great heights though. It is all very solid -the acting works, the script is mostly sincere- but at no point does it really soar above the pack of funny-but-sad films that are being churned out on a regular basis these days. A completely enjoyable watch no doubt, but for someone like me, never having to personally deal with mental illness, sexuality or any kind of personal crisis, it just never really hits home.
θα μπορούσα να βλέπω τους Hader και Wiig να λύνουν σταυρόλεξα ας πούμε
¿Sabes la película que te esperas encontrar cuando ves en su reparto a Bill Hader y Kristen Wiig (de los cuales me reconozco muy fan)?. Pues The Skeleton Twins NO es esa película, lo que no es necesariamente negativo. Se agradece ver a 2 cómicos alejados tanto de su "zona de confort" y salir tan airosos, entre otras cosas por la química que mantienen.
A veces sí cae en algún lugar común de la "dramedia" indie pero siempre se mantiene a flote, en gran medida, por ellos.
This film is goooorgeous and depressing but also really sweet and Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig are amazing in it AND it all just works so well.
As estranged siblings Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig flamboyantly pantomime “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now,” their goofy dance scene builds palpable tension. They walk a line between triumph and toxicity. What seems like renewed affection leaves them very much at arm’s length. Like the film, it’s laughter without phony catharsis.
"I just want you both to know, I'm sending you the light."
This one was tough to rate. While I thought Hader and Wigg delivered great performances, the rest was a letdown. I will have to revisit The Skeleton Twins later this year and see if my opinion changes.
Dysfunctional family: check. Gay character “bravely” portrayed by a straight actor: check. Grainy slo-mo flashbacks set to precious music: check. Sundance accolades mentioned in the trailer: check. On paper, The Skeleton Twins has all the trappings of a desperate-to-get-critical-attention indie flick. And in some sense, maybe that’s a fair description. It didn’t offer a particularly fresh perspective, and it hit more than its fair share of predictable beats.
I could argue about why it was better than its clichés: the topic of depression is treated with way more depth than as an offbeat character quirk, the script has a real point of view, and it’s not afraid to take some surprising risks coughTyBurrellcough. But it doesn’t really matter to me.…
Mumblecore comedy that is equal parts delightful and woeful. The narrative dramatic jumps from laugh out loud funny to cry to yourself sad and is strung along with brilliantly acted nuance. I would call it "heavy" but really its just truthful.
With this years Sundance Film Festival finally here, what better time then the present to examine a film that made its world premiere at Sundance in 2014. In fact, The Skeleton Twins emerged as one of the most talked about films during last year's festivities and rightfully so as this little indie dramady just screams Sundance. Now, that's not necessarily a good thing nor necessarily a bad thing but I must admit that I carry a certain soft spot in my heart for a good indie film. Particularly one starring well known comedians taking a turn towards the more dramatic. This can sometimes prove to be a recipe for disaster but luckily, in the case of the Skeleton Twins and…
- Stranger by the Lake
- The Lego Movie
- The Grand Budapest Hotel
- Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Lilya 4-Ever
- Life Is Beautiful
- Dancer in the Dark
My five hundred favorite films (1940-2014)
- The One I Love
- The Babadook
- Under the Skin
Taken from this Slashfilm article and Letterboxd-erized here, for my convenience (and yours).
Edit: I re-ordered them so the films…