SNL Nails A Wes Anderson/Horror Movie Spoof
With his exaggerated and consistent style, filmmaker Wes Anderson is ripe for parody. Saturday Night Live and guest host Edward Norton knocked that challenge out of the park this weekend with a fake trailer for a “Wes Anderson horror movie” that perfectly captured- and gently skewered- many of the director’s favorite tropes.
The only problem is, now I really want to see a full-length Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders.
The digital short shows that the crew at SNL clearly knew their source material well: the retro clothing, the titles in Futura font, the cast including spot-on impersonations of Owen Wilson and Gwenyth Paltrow, the precocious children, the voiced-over exchange of letters, the stark inventory of physical objects, and the narration by Alec Baldwin all appear in one or more of Anderson’s movies.
Pairing Anderson’s style with a slasher film was a great way to highlight the silliness of his style. The character’s deadpan deliveries seemed all the more absurd when the stakes were literally life-and-death.
(Also, someone would totally use a falcon to kill in a Wes Anderson movie.)
As is often becoming the case, the standout sketches in SNL this week were a digital short (the trailer) and the topical cold open. Here, that meant an address from Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius (Kate McKinnon) talking about the train wreck of Healthcare.gov. (Though it was Bobby Moynihan who stole the sketch as the bat-wielding IT guy.)
Last week, with host Bruce Willis, the most buzzed-about sketches were similarly a cold open parodying the government shutdown and the movie Gravity, and the digital short “Boy Dance Party.”
What did you think of this week’s Saturday Night Live?