This is a very personal review for me. Some people may not have the same reaction to this movie as I did. When I went into this film, I had no idea that the main topic was suicide. Had I been aware of this, I most likely would not have gone to see it. The reason is because I recently lost a cousin and a friend from college to suicide. The film had a hopeful ending, which is what struck me so hard. It brought out the “what if” questions and the blame game, and that is one of the worst parts when dealing with loss to suicide. While there were moments of laughter, I ended up breaking down when the film was over.
Putting my personal experience aside, I do recommend this film. Kristin Wiig and Bill Hader are a phenomenal pairing as brother and sister. I had always thought Bill Hader was a weirdo and didn’t really like him much. I had never seen him in anything other than Saturday Night Live and other comedic roles, so I was curious as to whether he could pull off a more serious part. Let me tell you…I really hope he gets a nomination for his role in this movie. He broke my damn heart. Through the whole movie I just wanted to give him a hug. He was ridiculously precious. In fact, the whole cast was stellar. The movie is worth their performances alone.
The film I think is falsely advertised as a comedy. It certainly has comedic elements to it and there were a few moments when I and the audience laughed out loud (there is a sort of “musical” moment that should go down in history as one of the greatest musical scenes in any film), but I would label this more as a drama or dark dramedy. The content is very heavy and while it has somewhat of a feel good ending to it, it still leaves you with a lump in your throat. The Skeleton Twins is a very powerful movie with a very strong message that I think everyone should hear. Sometimes just being there for someone is all that is needed.