Kristen Wiig’s latest starring role reveals that winning the lottery doesn’t necessarily make you rich in life.
Welcome To Me is the latest dramedy role from SNL superstar Kristen Wiig. In the film she plays the role of Alice Klieg, a woman with borderline personality disorder that aspires to be the next Oprah Winfrey. Luckily for her, when she wins over $80 million in the lottery, she decides that she can make that dream come true.
With her winnings she decides to buy her own talk show on a small cable network where the focus is all on her. The show literally is all about her thoughts and stories from her pasts and she will do whatever she wants to do because, y’know, it’s her show goddammit.
I’m a massive Kristen Wiig fan. I still rewatch and giggle unashamedly at her SNL sketches and throught Bridesmaids (her co-write and starring vehicle) was a refreshing take on the comedy genre, so it’s nice to see her getting some good meaty roles.
Following in the same vein as her previous film The Skeleton Twins the film is a dark comedy. There’s definitely scenes to make you laugh and also to feel super awkward at, but there’s also emotion behind the laughs. The film looks at the depths in which money and the obsession of fame can be dangerous – both to yourself but to everyone else around you. Friendships, relationships and everything else around you are questioned.
The film is definitely a Kristen Wiig film. Of course, she’s the main character but she’s also an executive producer and the whole entire film focuses on her character. There’s also supporting cast roles from James Marsden, Joan Cusack, Tim Robbins & Wes Bentley – who really impressed me. It hadn’t dawned on me til afterwards that he was the neighbour in American Beauty.
Welcome To Me is a daring, broad and creative film. You really get invested in the characters, particularly Alice. She feels damaged and you can’t help feel for her and hope that others will steer her in the right direction and not take advantage. Besides her flaws and her insecurities, she comes across as likable and someone we want to champion for.
The film is out in select theatres/VOD in the US right now. Go see it. It’s good!