From April 27 to May 6, 2020, I watched 25 Narrative and Documentary Shorts. Sadly, SXSW 2020 did not get to happen in-person this year in Austin, Texas, due to COVID. However, I am incredibly happy that Amazon picked up 39 films from the festival and was able to stream them for free to the general public. I proudly present part one of two packaged reviews. Up first, the 16 Narrative Shorts I watched.
Kimmy vs. the Reverend is a wonderfully joyous surprise for fans of the original show. Funny and fast-paced, this TV-movie special will brighten your day. Plus, the interactive mode is used to its best capacity -- giggles and all.
Fans of Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt are in for another fabulous streaming treat. With cheerful coda and our whimsical heroin (Kimmy, played by Ellie Kemper), our viewers are allowed to call all of the silly shots. There three different timelines that the viewers can take throughout the hour and a half special — all leading you to the same conclusion. If you make a bad choice that leads to a bad consequence Mikey, played by Mike Carlsen ) or actor Fred Armisen will come onto the screen, give you a pep talk and have you redo the last sequence. Depending on which road the viewers want to take, their paths can be wild and unpredictable or safe and smart — all are still an enjoyable experience. Trust me, I tried every option for every sequence multiple times. Yet, even with selecting the most ridiculous choices, the show always steers you back into the right direction.
Along with the witty interactive options is the return of a spectacular cast — Kemper as Kimmy, Tituss Burgess as Tituss, Jane Krakowski as Jaqueline, Jon Hamm as The Reverend, Carol Kane as Lillian, Lauren Adams as Gretchen and Sara Chase as Cyndee. In this newest adventure with Kimmy, she's planning her wedding day with her rich-British fiance, Prince Frederick (Daniel Radcliffe). Everything seems perfect until Kimmy realizes that there's another bunker The Reverend has hidden away. Will Kimmy be able to find the location of the bunker to rescue the girls? Will The Reverend foil Kimmy's plan to marry? Will Titus get his big break as a movie star? Will, you accidentally destroy the 'Me Too' movement or start a war with robots? The choice is in the palm of your hands and the comfort of your own house. Kimmy vs. the Reverend is full of non-stop gags from a very funny show — I hope we'll be seeing more of Kimmy and her friends sometime in the future. "Females are strong as hell." "Unbreakable!"
Kimmy vs. The Reverend is rated TV-14
Directed by Claire Scanlon
Created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock
Starring Ellie Kemper, Tituss Burgess, Jane Krakowski, Jon Hamm, Carol Kane, Lauren Adams, Sara Chase and Daniel Radcliffe.
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