Saturday Night Live
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- execution date  ] 11/10/75
- Lorne Michaels
We gave him a B-
With Black Panther remains strong at the box office, star Chadwick Boseman took the stage at Saturday Night Live this weekend, accompanied by the music of Cardi B. Whenever a non-comedian host, the best Hope is that they are enough game to produce at least some good sketches, and hopefully one based on your most famous character. Boseman certainly accomplished that. However, in his monologue he called SNL for waiting so long to have it, and pointed out that all the good ideas for Black Panther related to the sketches had probably been used so far. That manifested itself in certain points of the show that seemed to run through the fumes, although there were still funny moments.
Some time ago I see my problem with Donald Trump printing by Alec Baldwin, but now it seems that even Baldwin himself is getting tired of that. The actor repeated his political impression for the cold opening this week, a sketch designed to mock once again Trump's affection for Russian President Vladimir Putin. At a press conference with the Baltic leaders, Baldwin's Trump struggled to stay on the script and could not resist congratulating Putin on his recent re-election. He was even less prepared for a barrage of journalists' questions, which looked like a checklist of Trump's recent news stories: Stormy Daniels, Jeff Bezos, the National Guard deployed on the Mexican border. While trying to justify the latter, Baldwin's Trump began to rant about "caravans full of immigrants" that the Lithuanian leader of Kate McKinnon recognized as nothing more than the plot description of [MadS:FuryRoad . Arriving at the end of his career, Baldwin's Trump admitted: "I do not care for the United States, this whole presidency is just a four-year heist." Appreciate the sinister honesty, but not the fact that even Baldwin seems to be reaching the end of his rope with this impression.
Chadwick Boseman legitimately started his SNL monologue by noticing how foolish it was that he did not receive the concert until two months after Black Panther first arrived at the cinemas (although he and his fellow Wakandans will return to the big screen later this month for Avengers: Infinity War ). That really speaks to how much the power of Black Panther was underestimated by the powers that be in Hollywood and New York. It is clear now that none of them expected Black Panther to break all the box office records that it has, and now they are struggling to catch up with this unique cultural phenomenon.
Still, it's nice that Boseman did not spend all his monologue talking about T & # 39; Challa, partly because Kenan Thompson burst onto the stage disguised as ThunderCats & Panthro to remind him that He is not the first "black space cat with pointed braces" to adorn the screen. With a band behind him, Boseman could not resist the temptation to channel James Brown, whom he memorably described in the 2014 biopic Get On Up . Boseman broke a genuine movement on stage.
Best sketch: "Black Jeopardy"
Chadwick Boseman only channeled Black Panther & # 39; s Challa for a sketch this week, but he did count. I love SNL is willing to satirize superheroes for their lack of attention to the poor (remember the sketch Batman by Chance the Rapper?), And the latest version of Black Jeopardy He made another incredible joke about that, with T & # 39; Challa answering a question from the "Aw Hell Naw" category about how to talk to the police. As a superhero and a king, Challa professes his respect for law enforcement and says it would help the police track down a suspected thief. Thompson's response? "I do not think you've spent much time in the United States." But even T & # 39; Challa knows that you should not trust the uncooked potato salad of a white woman.
Best Short Film: "Aidy B"
Since Cardi B will soon join Jimmy Fallon as co-guest of The Tonight Show it really seems like she could probably have handled ] SNL hosting tasks, as well as music. She only appeared in a short film, but it was memorable. Aidy Bryant, playing a realistic version of herself, gets so much power with the music of Cardi B that she starts acting as "Aidy B", taking the rapper's arrogance directly to the offices of SNL and even telling her Boseman to be lost. Ultimately, however, imitation can not be compared to reality. When Aidy finally speaks with Cardi B face to face, the rapper is not impressed by his impatient imitator.
The best musical moment: "Be careful"
Naturally, Cardi B used his first SNL musical slot to perform his single "Bodak Yellow", Cardi's fun-loving spirit, but was his second song choice: "Be Careful," from his newly released debut album, Invasion of Privacy – that really toppled the house. The song is about infidelity in relationships, and Cardi's performance was emotional and raw. Things really reached a cathartic climax when a panoramic camera revealed the protrusion of Cardi's baby, her pregnancy again visible against a tight white dress.
Male, Weekend Update is really struggling right now. The recent episode hosted by Bill Hader only took this point home; Stefon emphasized how much is lacking in the current iteration of the franchise in memorable characters. This week, for example, Colin Jost and Michael Che spoke with the robot Mark Zuckerberg of Alex Moffat and Heidi Gardner playing Angel, one of the brides of Every Boxer About Every Box About Ever. Moffat focused on the funniest aspects of Zuckerberg's personality (he seems like the kind of person who would remind himself to make eye contact with people), but there's not much to work with there. Angel had a funny phrase about Meghan Markle ("You think you're marrying a prince on a white horse, that's what I thought, until my prince rode on a white stretcher!"), But given the absolutism of the description of his character, I can not be the only one disappointed for not having incorporated the character Bianca de Tessa Thompson from Creed which is, after all, the best boxing movie of recent years.
Worst sketch: "Magic Mirror"
A sketch discovered that Boseman bursts a new impression, as he channeled R. Kelly for a strange sequence at Disneyland. When Cecily Strong and Melissa Villasenor approach a magical mirror at the amusement park, they see princesses like Rapunzel and Elsa in their reflection. But when Leslie Jones tries, he only gets R. Kelly from Boseman, who starts to turn and make strange gestures with popcorn. Jones immediately mentions that "the last place he should be is Disneyland," but the sketch still treats Kelly's excessively sexual aura as a joke. It is disappointing that our culture seems capable of treating only Kelly's alleged sexual misconduct as nothing more than an auction.
MVP of the cast: Kenan Thompson
Fifteen seasons, honey! Thompson not only boasted about his longevity SNL during Boseman's monologue, but he also applied that experience to the rest of the episode. With such a recent cast rotation, SNL currently lacks memorable characters, which places additional importance on the likes of Thompson's presenter Black Jeopardy Darnell Haynes, who led Boseman through of the best outline of his episode. Thompson always stands firm in the show, and it's nice when he can move forward in this way and show why they still need it.
Ex writer of SNL (and Stefon co-creator) John Mulaney takes center stage with his first hosting turn on April 14. Mulaney will be accompanied by Jack White as a musical guest.