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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…
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…
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Strong Performances - Bill Hader
Review In A Nutshell:
Two siblings at the lowest points in their lives, one standing on the edge of suicide while the other managing to push himself off, but through coincidence and luck, he survived. The sister staring face down until a call arrives, stating his brother's condition; turning herself around to help him out, bridging a 10 year gap between them.
The Skeleton Twins achieves in its straightforward plot-line, placing emphasis on the characters themselves rather than a particular goal. This is a film that we have seen before, melancholia striking humanity, attempting to handle and contain the frustrations and disappointments of their lives, their inherent flaws taking them to darker…
Great performances all around (particularly Luke Wilson) are hampered by the film's uneasiness with playing dark humor, opting instead to draw sharp lines between very morose scenes and moments of comedy.
A deeply depressing comedy. I really liked the two leads and their performances stand out. They really add to the film which always seemed to find a way to get sadder as it went on.
Characters are great, story could be better.
I watched this movie 2 months ago and haven't been able to put it into words. Immediately this became so personal and special to me that I didn't know if I could talk about it. Until this I've yet to love Kristen Wiig in anything, but she is wonderful here. This is much to do with her co-star Bill Hader. I don't know what to call his performance other than mind blowing. This is the first time I've seen him as a serious dramatic actor and as a future Oscar winner. After seeing The Skeleton Twins I know he has it in him and I hope he continues to challenge himself with interesting roles. Wiig and Hader play off each…
"The Skeleton Twins" contains two off-beat performances from Hader And Wiig, with good and bad consequences.
My interior monologue while watching The Skeleton Twins:
"Why do indie movies always make their gay characters depressed and/or suicidal?"
(I remember the movie I just wrote and directed where I play a sad gay guy.)
"Son of a bitch."
A poigniant and character rich drama brimming with excellent performances. An under appreciated gem.
The SNL twins <3
Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader are both terrific in what is otherwise just another passable indie comedy.
***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
Wow! I never would have expected that I'd get anywhere close to 100 likes on this…
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