- Katie Bell
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs the Reverend (2020)
This is a lot of fun. Nuff said.
I'm going to keep this one short and sweet. Essentially, if you've seen and enjoyed the Netflix Original series, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (2015-2019), then you need to view the interactive film.
This one starts with Kimmy finding an old choose-your-own-adventure library book entitled, 'The Mystery of the Mysterious Spy'. When she realises that it doesn't belong to her, she decides to call the other mole women and find the rightful owner. One thing leads to another and Kimmy ends up chatting to the Reverend about his dastardly deeds, before attempting to solve a mystery of her own...
I'm not going to go into too many more details about the storyline. I actually watched this film through twice this morning, making different selections each time. Despite the fact that I know I've watched most of the options now...I've still missed things. The fantastic thing about this "choose your own adventure" story, is that fresh jokes arise in every adventure that you choose and they are often laugh out loud funny...if you have the same sense of humour as me.
Whilst the jokes are no doubt hilarious, they are only made more entertaining by the cast who deliver them. It won't surprise you that Ellie Kemper or Tituss Burgess are good. Daniel Radcliffe is an excellent addition and I'd never seen him perform this style of comedy, so it was a really nice (and funny) surprise. However, if I'm going to play favourites, I just love Jon Hamm and Carol Kane. I can't help it. There really is no weak link in any of the performances, but Hamm and Kane had me cackling more than most...I could give some examples of the jokes...but I don't want to ruin any of it for you. Just go and give it a watch. If all of my blathering about Hamm and Kane hasn't got you convinced, there's a few funny cameos, including one from Josh Groban.
Part of the humour in this film comes from the fact that it is very meta at times. Which is helpful because it keeps the energy high and the pace fast (pretty important if you are going to view it several times). At the very beginning, Prince Frederick (Daniel Radcliffe) launches into a long recount of how him and Kimmy met. He's talking to Kimmy at the time, in a faux-reminiscent kind of way, but really it's exposition that purely exists to provide context for the audience, and right as I'm about to sigh and write down my irritation about it in my notes, Kimmy (Ellie Kemper), very matter-of-factly says, "I know how we met, Frederick". Which is just so awesome, and comedically effective. In addition to this there's a fourth-wall break bought on by a drug trip, and a bunch of other moments that I'm sure you'll enjoy.
Like I said before, if you enjoyed the original series, and are looking for a laugh this weekend, watch Kimmy vs the Reverend, hell, watch it twice! It will be a different experience both times! My only advice, is that you definitely don't jump headfirst into this one without first viewing the series...you might not be able to keep up. Oh! And look in the background, there's Easter eggs in a few scenes. I found some, you might find more.