“The Skeleton Twins” a satisfying melodramatic indie flick


As a lover of dark comedies and talented comics like Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader, I was stoked to hear that they were making a film together. Ever since their stints on “Saturday Night Live,” Hader and Wiig have been in and out of the limelight. Hader hasn’t had any main roles unlike Wiig, who’s been in movies like “Bridesmaids” and “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.” Both of them deserve praise for their acting, especially in this year’s “The Skeleton Twins.”

This independent film follows brother and sister pair, Milo (Hader) and Maggie (Wiig) after he attempts suicide. Milo temporarily moves in with Maggie in a small New York hometown and that’s where the characters start to unravel. From the moment it begins to its end, “The Skeleton Twins” deals with heavy subject matter. Both Milo and Maggie deal with their own messed up romances as well as their family problems.

The way the story sets itself up makes it hard to believe this film could be funny or at least satisfying, but it is both and more. Hader gives his character a sarcastic, deadpan sense of humor, as well as a flawed personality, but with his charm, he also makes Milo intriguing and almost loveable.

Wiig’s character is just as complex as Hader’s. She suffers from depression but tries to live a normal life with a cozy house and a husband. The combination of Wiig and Hader’s acting with Craig Johnson and Mark Heyman’s profound writing is what sets this melancholy film apart from other similar indie flicks.

The only problem I had with the “Skeleton Twins” was its generic backdrop. Even though I like the setting of a quaint town where the siblings have a coming of age I’ve seen it time and time again in films–it’s too familiar.

Even though the film featured a few drama cliches I give it an A. Not only was it poignant in its message but it was moody, just the way I like self-discovery movies. Without the comedy duo Wiig and Hader, “The Skeleton Twins” would lack its dark humor which is what made the film soar instead of flop.