Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend
Kimmy sets off on her biggest adventure yet. Three states. Explosions. A dancing hamburger. And you, the viewer, get to decide how the story goes.
Director: Claire Scanlon
Writer: Tina Fey (creator), Robert Carlock (creator), Robert Carlock, Tina Fey, Sam Means, Meredith Scardino
Actors: Ellie Kemper, Tituss Burgess, Carol Kane, Jane Krakowski
Release Year: 2020
Scott Hardie: “It ruled.”
I can't imagine any serious movie working well with interactive branching in the "Choose Your Own Adventure" style, but the sitcom Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt always had a very elastic sense of reality, so its feature-length extension winds up being a pretty good vehicle for the gimmick. I laughed out loud several times at this, from the self-referential meta jokes to the surrealism permitted by the format, and it was just what I was hoping it would be since the announcement that a Kimmy Schmidt movie was in production. Fair warning: This is impenetrable to anyone unfamiliar with the sitcom; it feels like a fifth-season premiere that doesn't make any effort to catch up new viewers.
Erik Bates: “It ruled.”
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Samir Mehta: “It ruled.”
One of my favorite shows of the last decade has a fitting finale that leverages the choose your own adventure theme to its fullest. Mixing genuine pathos and emotional development with absolute goofiness, it works entirely. It was a... a fascinating transition.
Matthew Preston: “It ruled.”
So much fun. The technology behind this "interactive" film is simple, but very satisfying. I liked being chastised for making decisions that were way out of character for each person. The best part of the "What If" series of Marvel comics when I was a kid was that nothing was officially canon, but they were still fun to experience. This feels similar.