Saturday, February 28, 2015

Indie Review: The Skeleton Twins (2014)

            Different Sides Of The Two Actors Are Shown As If They Are Revealing 'Skeletons' In The Closet
             So, I'm guessing we are seeing a trend with SNL actors prove they can be serious too with names like Will Forte, Kirsten Wiig, and now Bill Hader going the indie route. Well, after watching their dramatic work that proves they can find a balance between being funny and serious, I can honestly hope for it to continue.

               The Skeleton Twins follows the story of a struggling gay actor named Milo (Bill Hader) who, after a failed suicide attempt, lives with his fraternal twin sister Maggie (Kirsten Wiig) and her husband Lance (Luke Wilson). What follows is the learning the importance of family as well as how people fall apart then come back together.

                  First off, I thought the two lead actors were absolutely outstanding and had wonderful chemistry. Bill Hader is a rather quiet revelation as Milo and reveals hidden layers to his character as Milo is someone who suffers from depression yet isn't sorry for himself and a lover with doomed optimism once he reunites with his teacher and ex-lover Rich, played brilliantly by Ty Burrell. In Bridesmaids, Kirsten Wiig showed audiences what she is made of, but here, she brings her comedic and dramatic strengths in full force as Milo's rather hypocritical and difficult sister with a heart of gold, Maggie. Even if the overall film was a failure, it would still be saved by these two.

               But while the film does have its funny and even musical moments, what surprised me was how they managed to find a balance between comedy and dark drama. The film deals with serious subject matter, like suicide, pedophilia, and depression, yet the filmmakers don't go too deep into the darkness of it all while still not making the film too light. Even as the film opens with Milo's attempted suicide, we're still not feeling completely bummed out as the film progresses even when things still get serious.

                I did think that the flashbacks where we keep seeing the plastic skeletons that Milo and Maggie always kept were a little heavy-handed. But that is mainly because I kept trying to figure out what the significance of the actual skeletons were.

               Overall, The Skeleton Twins is a poignant yet powerful tragicomedy that successfully rests on the shoulders of the two leads. The honest performances by the cast are outstanding and the writing finds a nice balance between heavy drama and hilarious comedy.

               Would I Recommend It?:
              If you are a fan of Bill Hader or Kirsten Wiig, then I would say absolutely. Plus, if you are a fan of dysfunctional family movies or comedy-dramas, then I would say you might also like this.

Grade: A-