[Note: This is a re-post of my The Skeleton Twins review from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. The movie opens in limited release this weekend.]
Comedic actors moving into dramatic territory is not a new concept. Many make the transition with ease, while some have trouble crossing over or getting audiences to buy into them doing “serious” things. SNL veterans Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig make a striking move to drama with excellent results in The Skeleton Twins, a darkly comic drama from director Craig Johnson. This isn’t a “look how serious I can be” performance from Hader or Wiig; the film does have some very funny moments, but the two bring a formidable amount of weight to the characters, with Hader in particular turning in a stellar performance as one half of the troubled sibling pair.