Test-screening reviews usually do not fall under the category of things we usually publish around here, but Dear God! this is an exception. Not because it’s a high profile movie, but because of the way beautiful way in which the positive nature of the review is so out of whack with what our perception of the movie might be.
I, of course, refer to MacGruber: The Movie, based on an “SNL” parody of MacGyver, featuring Will Forte and Kristen Wiig, which The Vertex is calling the Best SNL movie since “Wayne’s World.” Granted, it’s a test screening, so even if it is decent, the studio still has plenty of time to screw it up.
For what it’s worth, here’s there take:
I was wary that it would follow in the path of prior Saturday Night Live films. Most sketch concepts generally flourish when they’re just that — sketches. A full-length comedy falls into the trap of relying on the same old recycled jokes to the point where you not only loathe the film, but you retroactively dislike the sketches they were based on. You might not believe me when I tell you this, but there’s no doubt: MacGruber was amazing. … Unlike other comedies, MacGruber isn’t completely tongue-in-cheek. The characters surrounding MacGruber play their roles more seriously, resulting in outstanding rapport between the hero and his cohorts. …. The second star of the film is the hilarious and talented Kristen Wiig, who, as usual, delivers the performance expected of a comedian on top of her game. … MacGruber is the best SNL film since Wayne’s World back in 1992. It manages to take the concept of the original sketch and infuse it with new life. It generally works at all times, and manages to combine physical comedy, witty banter, and awkward sex. If you enjoy a good comedy, go see this movie when it comes out next year.
I’m still skeptical, but you can check out the entire review of at The Vertex.