REVIEW — “The Skeleton Twins”
“The Skeleton Twins” is not the drama we want, as it deals with depression and suicide, but it’s the drama we need. After a long summer of crap (with some gold star exceptions like “Guardians of the Galaxy”) it’s time to head into award’s territory where the power hitters come out to play. This film is probably the best drama I’ve seen all year, beating even “Only Lovers Left Alive,” and the performances were surprisingly incredible.
The two stars are, of course, Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig, with supporting performances from Ty Burrell and Luke Wilson. Hader and Wiig come from a comedic background, and they NAILED the drama. I was so shocked at how well they did, and the chemistry they had, that it left me wanting to watch their characters more and more. This is undoubtedly the best performance of Hader’s career, and it will be hard for him to ever surpass it. He was so convincing you would swear he was actually gay as he ate up the role he was given. While I didn’t favor the chemistry between Wiig and Wilson he still gave a pretty damn good performance, and left me wondering, “Where have you been?” Ty Burrell is another surprise. To see him in a comedic setting with “Modern Family,” and then to see him as this ashamed bi-sexual was such a shock, and was truly incredible.
The story itself, while bleak and depressing, has some touching family elements, and some pretty hilarious moments. The writers did such a fantastic job balancing the heavy with the light-hearted, and they really assembled the perfect cast to make all of this happen. Though the film starts with an attempted suicide it quickly takes you through a realistic scenario where two estranged siblings get back into the swing of things, and support each other. They really nailed the family element here, and you can tell some of the writing comes from experience.
“The Skeleton Twins” is the first Must-See drama of the fall, and the performance of Bill Hader is truly one of a kind. While the story itself hits a little close to home for some due to the unfortunate circumstances around late great comedian Robin Williams the film helps shed light on that depression in a way to affect change. It doesn’t glorify it in anyway, but rather helps the leads find hope, and that’s what life is all about. Come for the performances, stay for the drama and laughter, and leave with the desire to see more. 5/5