First reviews from ‘Welcome to Me’
As promised, here are the first reviews of Kristen Wiig’s latest film to premiere at Toronto International Film Festival, Welcome to Me. It screened to a warm response from the audience, and critics have been very positive about the movie – and Wiig’s performance especially – as well. I have featured a few quotes from the reviews that have found their way online so far. Check them out below. So excited for all the praise Kristen’s received as of late!
“Kristen Wiig fans, rejoice. The SNL alumnus continues to quietly and steadily segue from sketch comedy on the small screen to feature length comedy on the big one, while still retaining her instinctive knack for hilarious shenanigans. Bridesmaids started her ascent, and we’ve already seen her this year in The Skeleton Twins opposite fellow funnyman Bill Hader. Now comes Shara Piven’s Welcome to Me, where Wiig carries an entire film for the first time. Melissa McCarthy may have stolen her thunder in Bridesmaids, and there’s usually a Hader or a Ben Stiller around to share the weight. Not so in Me, a one-woman show from start to finish. None [of the things in the movie] would be as funny if it was done by anyone other than Wiig, who has never been funnier. Her crass, narcissistic, capricious Alice is her greatest creation.”
– Nikola Grozdanovic, The Playlist
“Alice is played with bipolar brilliance by Wiig, her extraordinary straight-faced control occasionally giving way to violent fits of fury (including one public meltdown that leads to a startling full-frontal nude scene), Alice could easily have worked as one of the actress’ Saturday Night Live characters, which is hardly a knock against her.”
– Justin Chang, Variety
“There are going to be people who are rubbed completely wrong by this film simply because of how committed Wiig is to playing a character who is not easy to like. So be it. You can’t make a film like “Welcome To Me” and worry about making it play to everyone. As the film escalates, it becomes more and more uncomfortable, and when Wiig really goes dark as Alice, it becomes clear that she is not making fun of this woman or her pain or her sorrows. Wiig plays this both emotionally and physically naked, and I think it’s amazing work.”
– Drew McWeeny, HitFix
“For those who saw Anchorman 2, imagine Wiig’s character, Chani, got her own movie, and then that movie pretended she was a real person. Chani’s line, “I like the parts of your face that are covered with skin,” could easily be said by Alice (especially since Wiig uses the same quiet, stilted delivery), but whereas Anchorman 2 is a broad comedy, Welcome to Me wants us to buy Alice as a human being except Piven could care less as about her lead as anything more than an amusing headcase.
– Matt Goldberg, Collider