Top 200 is pretty definitive. Essentially the top/most memorable 20-25% of all the films I've seen in my life (which…
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…
Two of my favourite actors in a great movie.
There are a few chuckles to be had in this mumbly comedy about two depressive siblings.
Worth watching for the Starship singalong, but the characters just irritated me throughout, despite being played with apparent honesty.
I seem to be way off the mark compared with other ‘boxd reviews. Maybe I was just grumpy? Maybe I’ll take another look...
Very well done dramedy about mental illness/suicide. Hader is really really good. Wiig is definitely at her best here as she doesn't do that thing she always does (can't describe it but you probably know).
I just don't really have that much interest in movies like this, or characters like this. I know they exist, and that people I know are like this, but that doesn't make me want to watch movies about it. I can talk to a depressed friend if I want insight.
But still... for what it was, it was very well done.
A nice surprise.. A hidden gem
Kristin Wig trying to save a dead goldfish with kitchen utensils is all you need. Heartwarming sad charming quiet movie. Bill Hader is excellent.
Exerptly blends powerful drama with subtle comedy
Skeleton Twins explores what feels like some pretty well worn independent film territory. It succeeds on the basis of some strong performances from people who are all known for their work in comedy. Where it falls down a bit is when it engages in silliness - I suspect some people really admired the lip synching scene but to me it seemed like it came from a completely different (and less interesting and more mainstream movie).
Great dramatic performances from Hader and Wiig.
because I am weak and very emotional
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