Jeremy Renner has a face like an old leather sack. It is that grizzled look that makes him perfect for all those hard-worn, deeply-troubled action roles. Like in The Hurt Locker. And The Town. And The Bourne Legacy. And Mission Impossible. You get the idea — he is a badass. Then why is he on the longest-running television comedy show? Because SNL is an amazing, magical place where dreams come true, and even leather sacks can be funny.
ONWARD — to the review of the show!
Best of the Night
Monologue: Okay, I know that in every other post I have condemned SNL for using music in the monologue. It has become an overused vehicle of comedy…until now. Anne Hathaway: shut up bitch, we know you can sing. Seth Macfarlane: shut your noise hole, you add song to every Family Guy. But Jeremy Renner singing and playing the piano? Magic. It would have been more amazing if it were unique, but even with the musical monologue standard, this is one to watch.
The Avengers: Strangely, this is kind of like if you and your friends dressed up in really cool Halloween costumes of The Avengers. Compared to the other Avengers, Hawkeye and the girl one are kind of shitty. Snipers? Bow skills? Well, what happens when you run out of arrows?
ID the Body: For some reason, I loved this sketch. Imagine you are called down to ID the body of a loved one…but you get the ID wrong? Taran Killan gets a shout out for being an amazing and dedicated corpse.
Worst of the Night
Wolf Blitzer: In trying to analyze the news about the CIA/FBI/Whores scandal, SNL mocks the fact that news organizations use the same 3 seconds of footage over and over again. I found it to be pedantic and annoying. I do not need to be crudely reminded of how crude the news is.
50 Shades of Paula Broadwell: At a book signing of Paula Broadwell’s book “All In” the reading gets ‘R’ rated as anecdotes deteriorate into porn-esque trash. This was the start of what I will call the “David Patraeus Episode” with 15 minutes of Weekend Update devoted to the scandal. Over it.
The Musical Guest
All in all, this was not the best episode of the season. While not the worst, it was hard for me to get interested. Jeremy Renner exceeded my expectations, but some of the recurring sketches left much to be enjoyed. How I miss 1999…