I have come to acknowledge and accept my mental illness for some time now. For the most part I have…
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…
Don't make the mistake of being happy when you watch this film.
I watch this movie instead of crying
I'm probably overrating this but it was exactly what I needed right now.
I don't get serious often, but I should tell you that I'm going through a really shitty time right now. I never was the type to express my feelings a lot, but over the years I just bottled up my feelings more and more until I truly stopped showing emotions on my face and every feeling inside me started being replaced by constant stress. And yet I've cried my heart out to this. I also laughed. I felt all the tension that's pretty much constant in my body go away. It was truly a much-needed journey.
I won't get into details but I related a lot to…
I wish I had a gay brother
Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig prove that they’re not just for laughs, but can also deliver honest emotional performances. No scene felt drab and the chemistry between Hader and Wiig made the movie enjoyable to watch from start to finish.
despite not being able to bring anything "spectacular" to this niche of indie dramas, it's able to bring too much soothing joy into my miserable tuesday afternoon. kristen & bill & luke are so lovable, despite the twin duo are a bit of obnoxious assholes. luke wilson sure is his brothers brother (yeah, gotta work on that definition).
the damm cliché starship-montage made me bawl my eyes out. i love that stupid song so much.
It's rare a movie balances being so raw while staying charming in a refreshing sense. This film seperate a itself so far from other movies that it creates its own category. Such a breath of fresh air. Such a real take on dealing with mental illness and life that comes with living with it.
I liked this, but the over the top 'now is the time to feel emotions' cliché dramatic score nearly killed it for me. Had it been more subtle the film would have felt more poignant to me.
***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
Wow! I never would have expected that I'd get anywhere close to 100 likes on this…
yep, this is sort of a watchlist; not immediate or anything, just some movies I hope to see before I…