Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Movie Review: Twinsters

So over the weekend, I took a break from writing, reading, physical activity, traveling, and generally anything that could be called useful and played Skyrim for damn near three days straight. Occasionally, I took a break and did something else equally as useless but still just as fun. One of those activities was to watch a netflix movie with my wife on Valentine's day, and acting as a gentlemen in accordance with the unwritten laws of that day set forth by the entity known only as "The Media," I agreed to her choice of what to watch with only slight hesitation. She chose "Twinsters."

And she chose well.

There's no way around this, so I'm just going to come out and say it. This movie was cute and heartwarming from beginning to end. A full one and a half hours of just pure, genuine, human enjoyment and excitement all centered around this one crazy event that happened to these two people, something only made possible by the technology and social interactions of today. The IMBD plot tells it best -

"On February 21, 2013, Samantha, an American actor living in Los Angeles, received a message via Facebook that would drastically change her life. It was from Anaïs, a French fashion design student living in London. Anaïs' friends viewed a video on YouTube featuring Samantha. They were immediately blown away by the identical appearance of Samantha & Anaïs. After a few light Google stalking sessions, Anaïs & her friends discovered that both girls were born on November 19, 1987 and adopted shortly after. Anaïs knew immediately that it was possible for Samantha to be her biological twin sister and reached out to her through Twitter & Facebook. This sparked the beginning of the journey for Samantha and Anaïs."

What really makes this movie shine though is the way it was filmed. Sam, being a youtuber, films the events as they unfold, letting the viewer relive each and every moment as if they had really been there. There's no stopping and cutting back like a documentary "I remember feeling" blah blah blah. This film is like, "OMG, I'm going to skype with her for the first time!" and BOOM, they do, and you see their first reactions and their laughs and smiles, and I'm convinced the coldest, hardest, meanest lumberjack would shed a tear and crack a smile along with them.

Basically, this movie sets a new high for what it means to be a feel-good movie, and you should really watch it. Oh, and one more thing though, they do swear once or twice, just in case you planned on watching it with your kids.

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