Avengers: Age of Ultron is one of the most anticipated movies of the year, probably the most anticipated after Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We still have to wait until May 1 to see it for ourselves, but if this Saturday Night Live sketch is legit (and I can’t imagine SNL would show us something that isn’t real, right?), we now know how it ends. With the Avengers partying hard.
With the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer appearing the day after Thanksgiving and wasting no time in becoming the most viewed movie preview of all time, you had to know this was coming, and the Saturday Night Live parody is here. The digital short showed up on last night’s episode, hosted by James Franco, with musical guest Nicki Minaj, and now you can watch it for yourself below without having to sift through the rest of the show.
I find Saturday Night Live amusing about as often as I find million-dollar checks inside my pockets, but this weekend saw the cast and guest host Bill Hader perform a superb send-up of the entire dystopian YA film genre. Granted, none of the jokes and jabs were spotless examples of genius, but it’s easy to keep things goofily generic when The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner are two of the biggest comedic targets. This is The Group Hopper, and he’s about to start hopping from group to group.
In the faux trailer seen above, comedian Pete Davidson plays a knock off of The Maze Runner‘s Thomas, riding in an elevator to Gray World, a metal field surrounded by walls which are themselves surrounded by death fires. The greatest part of this trailer is the abundance of world-specific slang terms. Such as when the one guy tells the main guy that the field is where “the sameys stay until the groupers pass them on to the sorties for sorting.” Plus, you can only kill a lurkie with a zoomerang. But who are we to say that the future won’t indeed introduce useless new words to the post-apocalyptic lexicon?
It seems nuts that NBC’s Saturday Night Live has been on the air for 40 years, especially considering I haven’t enjoyed it in more than a random, momentary basis for like 20. (I’ve tried, I really have, but as much as I have fond memories of staying up late on weekends in junior high and endlessly dissecting it with my buddies the next Monday at school, it’s largely become too painful to watch.) Chris Pratt hosted the 40th season premiere last night, and, as you probably imagined, they spoofed Guardians of the Galaxy and Marvel as a whole, and it’s kind of brilliant.
With the success of Guardians and it’s mismatched crew of assassins, weirdoes, bizarre creatures, and general ne’er-do-wells, it’s starting to feel like Marvel can do whatever the hell they want and make a ton of money. That’s the general gist of this digital short, titled Marvel Trailer.
Spike Jonze’s futuristic love story Her was one of my favorite movies of 2013. Admittedly though, the quirky love story of a man falling in love with an artificially intelligent operating system voiced by Scarlett Johansson is rife for parody, and there have been a bunch. A couple attempts, both called Him, missed the mark, but NBC’s long-running sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live came close to getting right last night, with Academy Award nominee Jonah Hill (I never fail to giggle when I write that phrase) in a clever short called Me.
In this iteration, Hill takes the Theodore role, the part played by Joachim Phoenix and his sweet, sweet future mustache. Like the source, he’s sad and lonely and bonds with his new OS. Here’s the big change, instead of a sultry female voice that laughs at all his jokes and likes to watch him play the ukulele, this version is also voiced by Hill. You know, because before we can learn to love someone else, we first have to love ourselves, or something like that.
What do you get when you cross AMC’s The Walking Dead with more hilarity than you can possibly muster? That’s a serious question that I don’t have an answer to just yet.
What I do know is what happened when the “Not Ready for BRAINS!” players from Saturday Night Live sprinkled their spoof dust all over The Walking Dead this past Saturday. While it wasn’t the dumbest thing on TV Saturday night, I’ve seen Tic-Tac-Toe games that were more unpredictable. I’ll give it up to the actors, who always try to raise the bar for SNL‘s mostly hackneyed writing, and to host Kevin Hart for showing the world what a Kevin Hart zombie would look and act like. (Hint: It looks and acts like Kevin Hart!) Check out the video and feel free to call me foul names while you profess how strong the material really is.