Alice Klieg (Kristen Wiig) is your average quarter life crisis – unemployed, single and she wants her own talk show. However things start looking up for Alice when she wins the lottery. But the million dollar question is, what is she going to do with it?
‘Welcome To Me‘ is the name of Alice’s new talk show. She is the presenter, director, producer and topic of interest. She funds the entire project herself, with her lottery winnings. It might seem a little bit far fetched but Alice also has borderline personality disorder, and she decides to stop taking her medication.
The film is centred around the self destruction of Alice’s talk show. While you may think it’s a slightly controversial story line, there is something about Wiig’s portrayal that grips you in as a viewer. She manages to deliver silly, far fetched situations in a continuous deadpan mannerism.
The narrative is simple, but the story has a lot of depth. This is all credited to the direction of Shira Piven. While there is a sense of narcissism to Alice, she also showcases moments of extreme vulnerability.
It doesn’t feel like you’re watching a film, it was more like an uncut TV pilot. There is a very subtle hilarity to this film, and that’s why you can’t help but watch with intent. You will get frustrated with Alice throughout, all while rooting for her happiness and well being.
Hit the jackpot on March 25 when ‘Welcome To Me’ is out in cinemas and VOD.