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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…
“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…
I'm a little obsessed with Bill Hader's performance in this.
A tremendous showing for Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig, better than they've ever been and with so much chemistry. Gotta seriously give it up for Bill Hader who gives an amazing tortured performance without becoming an overly gay stereotype. Perfectly blends comedy and drama.
I think this will be one of those movies that we'll look back on in a few years as an underseen masterpiece. Maybe it's something for older people to look back on, especially if they have siblings to examine how their parents really screwed them up. I don't know who that couldn't relate to. Look out for Craig Johnson.
The two leads inevitably raise expectations for relentless laughs, which this most certainly lacks. It also lacks something else - the same sense of direction that its lead characters suffer from. It is in constant danger of slipping into a stereotype of a quirky Indie black comedy. A definite plus point is Bill Hader's performance, the best he's yet given.
Sometimes certain actors can be pigeonholed by a string of performances that curtail their ability to stretch themselves in more challenging and varied roles. Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader are usually comedy gold, but although there are moments here that are hilarious, this is far more serious fair than we've been accustomed to from them. Craig Johnson's film about two fraternal twins with what can only be described as some sort of bi-polar disorder, is sad, touching, and full of heartbreaking moments as both of them struggle to deal with their neurosis's. Hader's Milo is suicidal and attempts to take his own life at the exact moment that is sister Maggie (Wiig)is considering doing the same. His unsuccessful attempt brings…
Your sibling can either push you to the brink or pull you back from it.
Emotionally weighty for these two SNL alums, who do a pretty good job trying to cope with adulthood in all its disappointing glory. I'm surprise at how charming and sweet the film manages to be without being overly formulaic - maybe it's because of Wiig and Hader's aforementioned past as SNL compatriots that make the relationship (damaged and distant, loving and loathsome) between the two work.
Another Sundance movie i'm supposed to hate but instead I kinda loved it. Bill Hader and Kristin Wiig are national treasures.
While very pretty, it seems like it was shot more like a music video than film language, with the Duplass touch all over the film. The performances are wonderful by Hader and Wiig.
Sometimes, certain movies come along at certain times in your life and the affect you deeply. This is one of those.
***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
Wow! I never would have expected that I'd get anywhere close to 100 likes on this…