Written by Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo (also as producers) who previously gave birth to a brilliant Oscar-nominated script, Bridesmaids (2011), there are also names of Adam McKay and Will Ferrell in the producer ranks. So it’s no wonder when Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar feels like a cross between a Saturday Night Live sketch with the Anchorman series. Ridiculous, absurd, maybe not immediately binding at the first experience, but invites interest in visiting it again. Best Movie Site
Wiig and Mumolo play Star and Barb, who have been friends for decades. Both are parodies of women in their 40s: they love to wear culottes, have stiff hair full of hairspray, and are incredibly beautiful. Everything is discussed, including unimportant matters. Once both of them created an imaginary character named Trish, imagined the details of their imaginary life, even cried over the tragic end of their imaginary life.
They love talking so much that they join the “Talk Club”, chaired by Debbie (Vanessa Bayer in another psychotic role that she often plays in SNL). Until the moment when their lives feel stagnant, Star and Barb go on vacation to Vista Del Mar, hoping to find the joy of life, and of course a handsome man. Yes, both of them meet a handsome man named Edgar (Jamie Dornan), without knowing that Edgar didn’t come for fun.v Movie Review
Driven by his unrequited love for Sharon (Kristen Wiig in a different wig and pale makeup), Edgar is willing to carry out a mission to kill all Vista Del Mar residents. What is the reason Sharon holds a grudge against Vista Del Mar? This film will explain it, starting with a cliché story about a boy victim of bullying, before progressing in unexpected directions. Unexpected in the “outrageously absurd” sense of course.
The absurdity of Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar often leads to surprises, to the point that the script is trying to elicit a “WTF ?!” rather than laughter. In contrast to the Bridesmaids, where the oddity creates cuteness, here, the oddity creates, well, the oddity. But as I have mentioned, similar to the Anchorman dwilogi, the first viewing experience may leave you scratching your head a lot, but Wiig and Mumolo’s limitless imagination makes the rewatch value high. Not all humor has to wait for a second (or third, and so on) viewing experience to be funny. Some immediately show their charm, call it a musical with a ridiculous glance that occasionally bursts in.
After watching, it will be difficult to erase the moments from memory, including the series of cameos (the appearance of Reba McEntire is the best). Making his feature film directorial debut, Josh Greenbaum was able to translate the two writers’ insane visions into a colorful visual parade (figuratively and literally), which reinforces any idea of humor. As for acting, I don’t think I need to talk at length about Wiig and Mumolo’s appearance. Wiig in particular, as an expert in playing “unique” characters throughout his SNL career. Top Movie