Scarlett Johansson was the host of Saturday Night Live. As the ‘Avengers: Age of Ultraon’ star returned for the fourth time to the iconic Studio 8H stage did she deliver? See a roundup of what the TV critics are saying in their reviews and check out video highlights of the episode below!
Yes, with one more appearance, Scarlett Johansson will join the famed Five-Timer’s Club alongside the likes of Steve Martin, Justin Timberlake and many others. But it has been four years since her last time at SNL and her appearance tonight was all the more anticipated. As always, there is so much to parody! With ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ setting box office records around the world, with the Presidential election heating up, and with the coincidental Manny Pacquiao – Floyd Mayweather ‘fight of the century,’ there was much mining to be done.
But what were the results? Well, SNL wasted no time taking on that much-anticipated fight with a “Pay Per View” cold open which saw Aidy Bryant as Manny Pacqui and Jay Pharaoh as Floyd Mayweather along with some biting narration as this was proclaimed NBC’s “whitest day” owing to the Kentucky Derby and the Stanley Cup and “night golf.”
In the monologue, the first-time-mother-in-real-life Scarlett Johansson took a family-unfriendly acronym MILF and gave it a new meaning; “Mother In a Lot of Films.” This necessitated some lullabies, and, as can be imagined, they were slightly inappropriate for children, notably Donna Summer’s “Love To Love You Baby” as Kenan Thompson and Taran Killam were the bewildered stand-ins for us all.
Later we got the expected ‘Avengers’ spoof, and it took aim at the lack of female superheros in general and in the Marvel franchises in particular. Thus we saw ‘Black Widow: Age of Me’ and it was “From Marvel Studios and the writer of ’27 Dresses.’”
SNL even bravely addressed the Baltimore riots, after having been notably mute on Ferguson, with a spoof of the Baltimore Orioles – Chicago White Sox game played without spectators for the first time in MLB history. At one point, Kenan Thompson’s Frank Robinson declares, “Baltimore has just been on fire this week!”
So what did the critics have to say of Scarlett Johansson as host and the episode as a whole? Here’s a roundup.
“….A shocking, disappointing episode. I didn’t expect perfect. But I didn’t expect this. So comfortable onstage before, ScarJo never found her groove, and neither did the show….” — HitFix
“…. As a whole, this was a mixed bag show if there ever was one. We didn’t really laugh hysterically at any point throughout, even if there were only a couple of major clunkers. This was average, and therefore it deserves an average grade. Grade: C+.. …” — — CarterMatt.com
“…. The outing never quite took off, but it was hardly ever as rough as the “coke for breakfast and ass for dinner” world of jingle writing. For crying out loud, it accomplished what many theorized was damn near impossible by awaking a desire within us all for more movies from the writers of 27 Dresses. This of course was after blessing us with Aidy Bryant as Manny Pacquiao and Kate McKinnon as both Justin Bieber and “Take Me the Church” crooner Hozier! …..” – TV Line
See the video highlights of SNL with host Scarlett Johansson below!
Black Widow: Age of Me
White Sox vs. Orioles
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