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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…
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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…
αρχίζει να λείπει αυτό το συναίσθημα "μπουνιά στο στομάχι" από τις ταινίες του είδους...
I imagine the pitch for The Skeleton Twins went something like... so it's the story of two thirty something confused suicidal twins who reunite and fuck up each other's lives a bit more, BUT.... they're played by Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader. The 'but' is the key to the film and why it works. They're great performances each, truthful, pitiless, funny, pathetic and with a detail and subtlety that is outstanding amongst other like themed films. It's funny, and of course it's going to be with the those two, but the humour is entirely consequential and intrinsic to the depth and feeling of their relationship. The portrayal of intimacy and entwinement in their sibling history is unique. I can't remember seeing anything as well observed and played, it's a heartfelt essay on connection. I'm also hugely relieved that the pic has the courage to wrap with a note of uncertain progress. No exquisite revelations, no meaningless gestures, just like life.
Boas atuações e boa edição.
O final? Meio forçado, não?
This movie has some very strong acting, however it kind of meanders. The script seems to be forced and the directing is less than magnetic. It's weird to see Wiig and Hader play such serious roles, and even though it has lots of humor, it just misses the mark for me.
Kristen Wiig is a brilliant comic actress but is also surprisingly good in the darker and more emotional moments of this film. The ending could have been better and there was a bit of cheese here and there, but there was also some comedy gold which was very enjoyable!
Some parts of the script work great with these leads, other parts could've worked better with other actors... Predictable ending and the visual metaphors are too in your face... But beautifully shot and refreshing dynamic between the main characters.
Hader n Wiig wernt even funny. in this. What a bad comdy
I spent the majority of this movie either crying or laughing through tears. There was a great chemistry between Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader, and the rest of the cast was awesome as well. i felt like there was a bit of improv, if not it felt /really/ genuine and human in a lot of parts.
Skeleton Twins proves a smile and a laugh can blossom out of the darkest troubles. Wiig and Hader are outstanding. Soft-spoken, harsh, funny-very real. Every bit worth it.
***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
Wow! I never would have expected that I'd get anywhere close to 100 likes on this…