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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…
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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…
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…
"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…
It was not as funny as I had thought it would be, considering Hader and Wigg have been teamed up together. The reason it wasn't as funny as I thought, is because I thought it was a comedy. It's not.
It's a drama with splashes of comedy and a whole bunch of heart. Hader and Wigg show off great dramatic props as well as dishing out some good old comedy, just like we know they can.
The Skeleton Twins is a story that has been told many times in different skins. People reaching the half way point in life and discovering that they still don't know what they want or that they still haven't done what they've always wanted. The…
Hader and Wiig have an easy and natural rapport (no doubt built during their days on SNL) as estranged twins who find themselves reaquainted as each reaches a critical juncture in their lives. With a nice mix of humor and pathos, director Johnson presents a little slice of life tale that doesn't give any real solutions to the issues that plague the two instead offering hope that, with the right person, you might just be able to survive finding them.
featuring truly outstanding performances from both HADER & WIIG this film does offer some great ideas but the whole thing never moves past the raw melodrama.
This movie made me realize that Kristin Wiig is my favorite female comedian. The chemistry between her and Bill Hadar is amazing. You'd almost swear they are siblings.
The story is dark and the realization may not be so bright. But in this world it rings true.
This is a movie, but it's really a mood. It's that feeling when you are at the very worst in your life and it's that feeling that, hey, everyone's kind of living a shitty life too. In two scenes, it gives the picture that kids are a blessing and kids are a bane, but it's not about that. It's about two twins, two family members, trying not only to figure out their lives, but reconnect after 10 years apart. But it's not grim, it's not unhappy. It's an uplifting movie that says that life is kind of shitty, but you can always make it better. It's always going to be better. It's always going to be fun sometimes - most…
Saturday Night Live alum anchor this overlooked gem of 2014. Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig's chemistry is delicate dynamite in transfer from stage to screen. They've never been better. The more I chew on "The Skeleton Twins," the more I'm impressed with its handling of such complicated (and said delicate) material. There are hundreds of less mature films unevenly balancing and essentially making a bigger mess of things, or simply tying bows of it all. Yet, they splash the loudest as the ones like this are pushed under. In truth, I was quite suspect this would be another 90 minute quirk fest we've come to expect. With all due respect, "The Skeleton Twins" has good meat on its bones.
Bill Hader showed off his acting chops and gave us a strong performance as a leading man.
I loved this film. Wiig was great, also starred my favourite of the Wilson's, Luke.
The trailer does not do this film justice. I know thats the case with a lot of films, but the trailer made this film look cheap and bad.
This movie was pretty good. Don't know why it didn't get more love.
"Maggie, I know the dog dies. Everybody knows the dog dies. It's the book where the dog dies."
As evidenced to anyone who followed SNL in the past few years, both Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader is an instant darling in any of their written sketches, even funnier when they're both together. So when I hear they're going to play a pair of siblings in a movie, it jumped into my must-watch list almost immediately.
And to an extent, it doesn't disappoint. Very Sundance-y, as one might expect after watching its trailer but it does get kinda dark notches after few plot revelations. But it mostly works because of the duo. Their chemistry is so natural and endearing together that…
- Stranger by the Lake
- The Lego Movie
- The Grand Budapest Hotel
- Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Lilya 4-Ever
- Dancer in the Dark
- Life Is Beautiful
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…