Splitsider: ‘SNL’ Recap: Anne Hathaway Is a Team Player
November 12, 2012 Leave a comment
For this week’s SNL recap on Splitsider, I discuss how Anne Hathaway’s familiarity with the process allowed her to ease back and play more collaboratively with the show’s cast and writers.
It’s great when an SNL host has nothing to prove.
Sure, it’s fun to play into expectations surrounding a new host, and to wonder how his or her specific skill sets might factor into an episode: Will Bruno Mars do anything other than sing in sketches? Will Louis CK’s style work in the SNL format? Meanwhile, with a repeat host, those concerns are lifted. Whether it’s a former cast member (Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler), or a longtime friend of the show (Alec Baldwin, Jon Hamm, and now with three episodes under her belt, Anne Hathaway), a host who is familiar with the process can ease back and have a bit more fun. The night becomes less about what the host needs to do to survive and more about letting the writers and cast members work their magic.
Some of my favorite SNL episodes over the years have celebrated the ensemble, and that only happens when you have a host who is a collaborative team player, a rising tide that lifts all ships. Last episode — with its high frequency of big-cast sketches and generous screen time for all cast members (especially recently underused ones like Taran Killam and Aidy Bryant) — was just that. The Dark Knight Rises and Les Miserables star banked on her impersonation prowess and moment-to-moment chemistry to bring out the best of the SNL staff without letting any A-list ego get in the way. Hell, she even thanked the pages during the goodbyes! Most celebrities can’t even see those mythical, blazer-wearing sub-humans.
While at times the parodies felt too broad and the premises too thin, Anne Hathaway won the night with a team-player performance, securing the actress as a reliable go-to SNL host.
Read the full post on Splitsider.