Twin-share in despair
love and life as Annie in popular chick flick Bridesmaids was just the tip of the iceberg of the layers Wiig can bring to a role.
In The Skeleton Twins, she takes on a character with much darker tendencies, while still managing to make us chuckle.
As she stands in a bathroom staring at a handful of pills, Maggie (Wiig) gets a call that her estranged twin brother Milo (Bill Hader) has failed his attempt at suicide.
They reunite and their unhappy, messed-up lives intertwine: Maggie’s relationship with her always-chirpy husband Lance (Luke Wilson) is not enough to drag her out of her deep depression and Milo tries to reconnect with a former flame: his high school teacher Rich (Ty Burrell).
Wiig and Hader are a dynamic pairing, both comedically and dramatically, with their personal history (they have been co-stars in SNL for years) adding authenticity to their characters where we believe that they share a history, something that even some of the most seasoned actors fail to convince us of with co-stars.
Their presence and performances elevate the material as they dig beneath the surface and realistically portray the darkness of depression. The Skeleton Twins (M) Directed by: Craig Johnson Starring: Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Luke Wilson Review by: Julian Wright In cinemas now
Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig are the siblings in The Skeleton Twins.