Skeleton Twins

The Skeleton Twins

The Skeleton Twins starring Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig

The Skeleton Twins has a plot that dabbles in tragedy several times over. The film is centred around the rekindled relationship of twins Milo (Bill Hader) and Maggie (Kristen Wiig). One is that they haven’t spoken in ten years and when they’re brought back together, they actually make a great pair who seem to really enjoy each other’s company.

The other, and most obvious, is that they never would have crossed paths again if it weren’t for Milo’s suicide attempt, which ironically prevented Maggie from attempting her own suicide on the other side of the country.

When Maggie travels to California to bring Milo back to New York, he is first indifferent toward the idea but gives in and heads back where he meets her husband Lance (Luke Wilson) for the first time and catches up on her life. She’s settled down and does a poor job convincing him that she’s actually happy.

Of course, Milo is too wrapped up in himself to really notice as he sets off to dig up a former romance he had as a teenager.

One thing about the film is that it can get really deep and down in the dumps. It is centred around suicide attempts after all. But a movie with Hader and Wiig can’t not have its funny moments. And The Skeleton Twins is ripe with those. They seem candid when talking about Maggie’s infidelities, or going out for Halloween, and it makes it all the more natural.

It’s not a film crisp with visuals but it does come across feeling very real. Hader and Wiig have the on-screen chemistry that makes their relationship authentic; they’re genuinely having fun. Much of the humour comes not from quips meant for the audience’s amusement, but rather their own personalities and how they interact with each other.

It all comes to a peak when Milo attempts to cheer Maggie up by performing a lip sync to Starship’s Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now. A highlight in the same vain that Hold On was for Bridesmaids.

The Skeleton Twins don’t often veer off course of predictability but it does reach that level of heartwarming that isn’t cheesy nor disappointing. It’s a happy medium that provides both Bill and Kristen with an extension on their capabilities as convincing actors in a film that doesn’t set out to be deceptive or unrealistic.
Four stars

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