Kristen Wiig has more than proven her ability to deliver comedic performances. From outrageous characters on “Saturday Night Live” to relatable normal hilarious characters like Annie in “Bridesmaids” Wiig has shown talent. Wiig has even shown her voice acting ability in films such as “Despicable Me”, “How to Train Your Dragon 2” and even the animated series “The Simpsons” and the 2011 through 2013 “ The Looney Toons Show”. Recently Kristen Wiig has garnered much talk as she is staring in the remake of “Ghostbusters”. After mastering comedy Kristen Wiig has also begun to show the range of her acting by staring in comedic dramas like the 2014 film ‘Welcome To Me’ now available on Netflix.
In this zany yet emotional tale, Kristen Wiig stars as Alice Keeg, a woman living off disability due to her diagnosed borderline personality disorder. Kristen fills her days with tapes of Oprah Winfrey’s show and buying lottery tickets. When her numbers come in and she wins $86 million, Alice quits her medication and begins a wacky journey of buying her own show entitled Welcome To Me. Staring herself she talks about random things on her mind and deals with her past pains through unusual reenactments. While studio-head Rich Ruskin, played by James Marsden, thinks it’s just weird enough to be a hit, everyone behind the scenes including Riche’s brother Gabe, played by Wes Bentley, think it’s a horrific disaster. Yet, surprisingly, Alice’s show begins to pick up attention all while she begins alienating those few people close to her.
Kristen Wiig’s portrayl of Alice Keeg is truly phenomenal. Her performance hits all the emotions. Viewers will cringe at how awkward and creepy she makes situations, while at the same time feel bad for her for not understanding how out of control she is getting with out her medication. She draws attention to borderline personality disorder with respectful jokes aimed to touch you and inform viewers what it’s like for the person and for those around her. Wes Bently surprises with his portrayal of Gabe Ruskin, Rich’s reserved, quiet, and apprehensive brother and business partner. He is caring and wants to be successful but not at the cost of anyone’s dignity. James Marsden shines as always in his role. As Rich Ruskin, Marsden smiles and pushes everyone to the limit to make a buck, a stereotypical studio-head. Linda Cardellini plays Gina, Alice’s best friend. There isn’t much for Linda to do in the film but stand around smiling until the end when we finally get to see Linda show some of her acting chops. Many other well known actors perform well in their roles including Tim Robbins as Alice’s very frustrated but caring Dr. Daryl Moffet, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Joan Cusack.
Eliot Laurence’s screenplay is original, well written, but a little too strange. While Alice Keeg’s actions are believable, it’s hard to swallow that even the most sleezy studio-head would allow her show to go as far as it does. We don’t get to know much about the other character’s, how they fall into Alice’s life, or their personal views about her disorder. The only one we hear from is Gina, but only about how Alice embarrassed her and her, not how she feels about having a friend with a personality disorder. There’s no real response from her elderly parents or even any background on her gay exhusband.
While Kristen Wiig’s performance is well worth seeing the overall film just isn’t that good. It sometimes drags and more often than not the film just gets way too wacky and weird. Viewers will often shake their heads in confusion and shock at actions that happen and continue to happen. Many of the jokes fall flat, and some relationships just don’t make sense. If you wish to see how amazing Kristen Wiig’s acting can be, ‘Welcome To Me’ is worth sitting through. If Kristen Wiig bothers you, or films that tend to be more wacky than emotional are not your cup of tea, you might want to pass over this film.