Barb And Star Go To Vista Del Mar Review
Every aspect of Barb And Star Go To Vista Del Mar radiates Big SNL Energy. One of the reasons is that delightfully absurd title, with its looping inside rhyme scheme. There's also famous SNL actor Kristen Wiig playing dual roles alongside her screenwriter co-creator Annie Mumolo. There's also Barb (Mumolo) along with Star (Wiig) as well together, a pair of dapper comedy sketches that are immediately comfortable, confidently used and able to adapt to any kind of bizarro slaps that they appear to have been straight out of the internet's most popular sketch.
And however, despite having an equal level of comedy to SNL films such as Wayne's World and MacGruber -and with a string of wild comedy antics hung loosely around a totally unfocused narrative Barb And Star did not begin as a skit. They're fully created with a fully-formed script. Wiig and Mumolo's debut team-up since the 2011's Bridesmaids which, while the sequel isn't likely to change the course of the genre or win significant awards like the first film, it's constantly hilarious and a bizarre experience, playing in the kind of highly stylized, semi-stoned, surrealism that is typically used by Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim.
The laughter grows louder and more frequently with each minute that passes.
From the opening text card that lists the definition of culottes in the dictionary (Barb and Star's favorite style of casual wear) and a long sequence that sees a delivery guy lip-syncs with Barbra Streisand's and Barry Gibb's song 'Guilty The film creates the viewer in a world of suspense that extends through its duration to include dark lairs chattering crabs and an infamous Jamie Dornan who shakes a maraca. Nothing is more bizarre than the duo and their the most squeaky and clipped of voices (often over one another) and whose closest to a catchy phrase is the utterance of "What? !" that's near impossible to write down in a written format. The fact that the comedy does not become a nuisance is due to the irresistibly charming Wiig and Mumolo their wit and charm carry whatever they throw at them. If comedy isn't his natural stage, he still is willing to go with the flow – adding a sense of humor to the most outrageous scenes.
It's also helpful it that Barb And Star is packed with funny, hilarious funny moments. It's difficult to determine if it gets more enjoyable the longer it runs or whether it needs time to adapt to its unique style however, the laughs are stronger and more frequent with each passing second. When Barb and Star reach the Palm Vista Hotel ("Where luxury is a coconut," claims the resort minibus) The film transforms into an ever-increasing parade of repeated jokes as well as comedic moments (comedy singer Richard Cheese pops up three times to sing lounge-jazz tunes about boobs as well as "shirt potato") and the most important thing is the most raunchy musical songs.
The scripted scenes here are well-thought-out, with feature-debut director Josh Greenbaum anchoring the lunacy with a style that makes him an enjoyable one to be watched. He makes sure the audience that Barb And Star is far beyond just an improv show for its lead actors, right down to its stunningly chic look, giving it an audio-visual look that is seamlessly integrated with the humor, the over-saturated colors, the yacht-rock music and the quaint interiors.
It's true that nothing can be said to work, and unless you're a fan of the absurdity, it probably won't. But if you've got a soft spot for the Technicolor silliness of Austin Powers, the middle-aged stupidity of Step Brothers, or the so-dumb-it's-actually-genius quotability of Hot Rod, Vista Del Mar should be your next destination.