Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig allow their real life friendship to transcend the silver screen as siblings for The Skeleton Twins, a somber comedic drama.
The drama of The Skeleton Twins centers on the estranged relationship between fraternal mid-to-late twenty-something twins brought together as they are forced to address their splintered relationship.
Bill Hader is Milo who has a fraternal twin sister Maggie, played by Kristen Wiig. After being the gruesome twosome as youngsters their relationship is strained, not having seen each other for ten years. Fate brings them together when both Maggie and Milo cheat death on the same day and their reunion helps to invigorate themselves into fixing their lives and their relationship with one another.
Through Craig Johnson‘s masterful writing along with Mark Heyman, the screenplay provides a fleshed out and substantial adult familial dynamic based upon a dreadfully painful childhood. They find the harmonious and perfect balance of unconventional melancholic humor and serious drama that allows viewers to be completely invested in the characters and their story.
Finally, The Skeleton Twins brings forth a film with a wholeheartedly believable sibling relationship. It is innately clear that Maggie and Milo have a connection, even if it was lost somewhere along the way. Hader and Wiig’s real life bond certainly plays a part in the success of their stellar performances. They emote a deep pain and turmoil while simultaneously having a cynically jaded sense of humor about it. Luke Wilson is a wonderful sincere addition as as simple man who just wants to see his wife, Maggie, happy. Joanna Gleason is also quite memorable in the sole scene as she plays masterfully against Kristen Wiig. Some may criticize that Hader’s Milo plays a bit too much into gay stereotypes and while the critique comes from a valid place, his character is sincere, real and far from exaggerated.
The dynamic range of both Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader coupled with the serious themes examined by The Skeleton Twins are deep, fully formed and stretch both film and actors to a superb place.