Anna Kendrick Is 'Saturday Night Live's' Adorable Dong-Loving Disney Princess
Anna Kendrick was great as a host in this week’s Saturday Night Live, and the writers definitely took advantage of her singing/dancing strengths. Unfortunately, they didn’t take much advantage of her comedy skills. It was not a particularly funny episode of SNL, but it had its entertaining moments.
Cold Open — Not a particularly compelling start to the program, as the cast decided to take up the scintillating Congressional hearings with the CEO of GM regarding her embarrassing testimony about the Chevy Bolt’s faulty ignition switch. Yeah, it’s about as good as it sounds. (Score: 3/10)
Anna Kendrick — Kendrick kicks it off with a delightful, Beauty and the Beast-like show tune about the details that go into putting together an episode. It’s not very funny, but it’s performed incredibly well, and Kendrick is spectacular. Spectacular. (Score: 7/10)
Fox & Friends — They take up Obamacare, specifically Fox’s penchant for exaggerating the problems it’s causing. They also bring on Neil DeGrasse Tyson (Kenan Thompson) to talk global warming. Per usual, the sketch is so-so at best, but the corrections are fun. (Score: 5/10)
Dongs All Over the World — A song about female travelers who fly around the world to see and destroy, uh, dongs. It’s performed well, and it has great production values, and Anna Kendrick is great. Unfortunately, the premise is more blunt than clever. It’s not been a strong start to the show. (Score: 6/10)
Little Mermaid Parody — Well. Ariel raps, and there was a moment when the sound engineers piped in the wrong song and there was a minor Ashlee Simpson moment, but the sketch itself falls flat, despite a semi-amusing premise. After the Beauty and the Beast opening, I almost feel like the writers’ knowledge of Kendrick was limited only to the thought that she looks like a Disney princess and that she can sing. (Score: 4/10; 9/10 for Anna Kendrick’s mermaid outfit)
Kyle Mooney Sketch — Yeah, well, OK. It’s an interesting, and an interestingly odd sketch about a strange love connection that kind of works almost in spite of itself. (Score: 6.5/10)
Weekend Update — Colin Jost’s lips curl slightly upwards after every joke, whether it lands or not. (They usually do not). He’s still not … very good. And Weekend Update is in a slump.
Chancellor Angela Merkel — Kate McKinnon is terrific in this character (appearing for the second time on Weekend Update), but the character herself isn’t all that interesting. (Score: 5/10)
Brooks Whelan — Whelan is on to talk about the dangers of alcohol. Congratulations, Brooks Whelan! You’re on TV, apparently telling a story he came up with around 11:15 p.m. earlier that night. (Score: 3/10)
George R.R. Martin — Every joke you’ve ever heard about George R.R. Martin 1000 times already crammed into one three minutes segment! (Score: 3/10)
Les Jeunes de Paris — It’s been awhile since we’ve seen this sketch. Kendrick is the perfect host for it, though, and the “Cups” joke is swell. (Score: 9/10)
Principal Frye — Attention teacher and students … this recurring sketch is completely played out. (Score: 2/10)
Big Joe — It’s not saying much, but I laughed more at this sketch than any other tonight, though I think that it’s mostly because it’s late, and it was just silly enough to work. (Score: 7/10, if you’re loopy/intoxicated. 4/10 if you’re sober)
Pharrell’s Backup Singer Audition — This entire sketch was just an opportunity to show that Anna Kendrick can sing the hell out of a Rent song, and she really can. (Score: 2/10 for the sketch; 10/10 for Kendrick’s singing performance). No embed available.
NCAA Tournament ‘Best of the White Guys’ — Amusing. (Score: 5/10) No embed available.