Writer: Craig Johnson, Mark Heyman (Screenplay)
Starring: Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Luke Wilson, Ty Burrell, Boyd Holbrooke, Joanna Gleason
Plot: Having both coincidentally cheated death on the same day, estranged twins reunite with the possibility of mending their relationship.
Tagline – Family is a cruel joke.
Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Verdict: Important Life Drama
Story: Skeleton Twins starts as a pair of twins, Milo (Hader) and Maggie (Wiig) who have grown apart, Milo does attempt suicide at the same moment Maggie is starting to question her own life chices. This event brings the twins back together as Maggie invites Milo to stay with her and her husband Lance (Wilson) to help him get his feet back on the ground.
As the twins spend time together they get to look at the problems they are facing in life as they search for answers in the future.
Thoughts on Skeleton Twins
Characters – Milo is a depressed out of work actor who tries to kill himself, this reunites him with his twin sister after time away from her. He gets face his own problems look into his past and find a reason to stay on better contact with his sister. Maggie is married only struggling with her decisions and a way to tell her husband she isn’t ready for children. She enjoys reconnecting with her brother which will give her somebody to talk to about her problems. Lance is the husband of Maggie’s he is always trying to show a positive attitude, welcoming Milo into their life without question.
Performances – Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig in the leading roles put aside the comedy they are most famous for, to show they are brilliant in the dramatic roles. Luke Wilson and Ty Burrell in the supporting roles are solid enough without taking the spotlight from the leads.
Story – The story follows twins who reconnect after years apart at a difficult time in both their lives, as they learn to support each other through the difficult times. We tackle a host of serious issues here, with depression being the most focal of these, we can see how people can see their lives in different eyes with family over friends. The other serious issues that get addressed head into spoiler land, so we don’t tackle them today. If you do want a laugh out loud comedy this story will not be for you, this is one of the braver stories out there that wants to try and shine a spotlight on the serious problems people can have in life.
Comedy/Romance – This isn’t going to be a laugh out loud comedy, we get a couple of chuckles which will get a giggle, we get a look a relationships and how difficult it can be for depressed people to have them, however it is the drama of the serious nature of these problems which makes this film standout.
Settings – The film shows us the two different lives the pair have been living, how they can adapt to each other’s lives too.
Final Thoughts – This is a movie that will tackle big issues people have in life in a smart manner that people can relate too.
Overall: Serious drama that needs to be watched.