I can guarantee you that if your aren't the guy who walked out of this film in my cinema today then this may be the most pleasant movie you'll see all year. The Skeleton Twins follows the story of Milo (Bill Hader), a depressed gay man who, at the start of the movie, attempts to kill himself. When in hospital he's visited by his sister, Maggie (Kristen Wiig), whom he hasn't had contact with for over ten years. Maggie invites him to come stay with her and her husband, Lance (Luke Wilson), until things settle down, causing a chaotic series of bonding, fighting and reliving memories.
Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader are at the top of their game, giving career best performances. The two literally have not been better. They give performances with such emotion, humour and charm, allowing every scene to play seamlessly into the next and without anything coming across as out of place or out of the ordinary. Their performances make everything seem natural, even the rather odd, yet entertaining scene at Maggie's work where the two get high off of happy gas and go around making fart noises. My immature self got almost too many laughs out of this scene. This, coincidentally, was also the scene where the guy left my cinema with a distort look on his face. Bill Hader's character just may be up there as one of the most sympathetic, likeable and charming characters we've had all year, very much thanks to Hader's incredible, charismatic performance.
In similar style to this year's The Fault in Our Stars, The Skeleton Twins will successfully twist your emotions into a ball then spit it back into your face, all while maintaining a large smile. Within the first three minutes of this movie I was tearing up, the film's first venture through your emotions. We're introduced to this character that we know next to nothing about, but thanks to the sumptuous looking cinematography and editing, we know all we need to know to have an emotional response towards this film. This is just the first three minutes that we're talking about people! There's still 90 more to go. 90 more minutes of splendidly mixed emotion, comedy and charm, making The Skeleton Twins one of the sweetest movies of the year.
The comedy is handled well and never once feels forced. I actually like Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader a lot. Unfortunately, they never truly get the recognition they deserve. Their comedy in this film is spot-on, never missing a beat and always getting a laugh out of me. There was never once in this movie when the humour didn't work. Luke Wilson, who's role is still funny, but has more of a dramatic tone to it, also handles the comedy well. Like Wiig and Hader, I enjoy his presence in movies, The Royal Tenenbaums being the first film that comes to mind. He's always been one to handle comedy and drama well and in The Skeleton Twins he soars!
To sum up, The Skeleton Twins is an incredibly sweet and emotionally draining film that features career best performances from Wiig and Hader, some of 2014's most likeable characters and comedy that never misses a beat.
4 1/2 Stars