News of a possible Kimmy film has been boiling for a few years now. The series ended on a decent enough level, with an acceptable amount of closing, so a continuation was not necessarily something we necessary, but they are fun characters and the series is one of the last comedies of well-being and positive vibe of the previous decade (which has always been a miracle given its dark premise like hell), this bringing this world back to a quick and noisy game is a welcome slice of fantasy.
Kimmy vs Reverend’s emotional core is somehow a retread of the dark fears and anxieties that Kimmy has already overcome, of course, but the fierce jokes in the series still resonate with rapid fire, hitting you like happy missiles, and the narrative weaving of the “choose your trip” gadget adds a little meta-flair to the procedure.
The film never shatters viewers in sprawling, dark spirals like “Bandersnatch,” of course, and it doesn’t offer extremely different results on which to land. There is certainly a path, and sometimes you are offered a comic-laced “do-over” when you have made the less than correct choice. In fact, some of the first avenues you take radically change things in the third act, so there is ample opportunity to play with decision-making. The writing is sharp and smart, as usual, so the internal self-referential nuggets of choice are yours (where a bad move even takes you to an alternate timeline with a cloned Kimmy) never feels outside of, or foreign to the Kimmy wheelhouse that we know and love.
What worlds remains for Kimmy to conquer, you ask yourself? Well, there is the marriage to Prince Frederick by Daniel Radcliffe (a role which, along with TBS Miracle Workers, helps the Harry Potter icon solidify his comic book chops) as well as a final confrontation with the Reverend. Dick Hamm of Jon Hamm – which is kind of no evidence, when it comes to the plot, given Hamm’s almost unfair ability to be so hilarious after spending most of the past decade refining an introspective drama.
As Kimmy discovers a clue that points to the ridiculous Reverend Dick (prison gang name: Vete Pedefilo Blanco) possibly having a second bunker, with even more victims, still there (again there is this madly morbid connection line!), Titus denounces a new action role in the cinema (because it means getting in shape), Lillian tries to “temper” Frederick during an evening between singles, and Jacqueline, in the one of the funniest sidebars (and perhaps the most niche) of the film, is enclosed in a rambling lecture by a screenwriter.Because Kimmy Schmidt is a comedy, and sometimes surreal, there is a huge amount of playfulness present regarding the moments of “time to make a choice”, where the characters have to engage in vamping chatter during let the spectator catch up. their mind. These are often shy and cute cutaways where writers Tina Fey and Robert Carlock (with Sam Means and Meredith Scardino) use whatever is available to them to create comic interludes – even going so far as to make Cyndee from Lillian and Sara Chase literally say who they are over and over again for those who might confuse the names of the characters.
Want to see the Reverend explode? Want to hear Titus kill (or butcher) “Free Bird?” Kimmy vs the Reverend is a labyrinth of laughter that actually encourages you to make the “wrong” choices first because the issues are never soaked in stupidity. In addition, guest spots from Jack McBrayer, Josh Groban, Johnny Knoxville, Chris Parnell – and even characters from Kimmy-verse Yuko-3000 and Jan the Backpack – help make this case even more dizzying.