Matthew McConaughey was the host of Saturday Night Live for the first time in 12 years. Adele returned as the musical guest as her ’25’ album soars in the charts. But what do critics have to say of this much-anticipated episode? See a review roundup and video highlights right here!
Yes, this is a case of the musical guest more or less upstaging the host. After all it’s Adele who’s been trending in social media for days as her 25 album is set to obliterate all kinds of records. Already selling more than 900,000 copies just on iTunes on the first day, this is a phenomena in the making.
As for Matthew McConaughey, he has not graced the famed Studio 8H stage since the previous decade; 2003 to be precise. Such a long time ago! No Twitter, no Facebook, not even YouTube to watch videos that go viral. Just the television. How primitive! Yes, back in those days, the Dixie Chicks, who were the musical guests, were reigning in the country music and crossover pop music world (and now just coincidentally returning for a world tour after a 10-year-hiatus).
For those curious to know what upcoming movie was about to appear in, well, surprising, none. He was just there to give us his ‘Alright, Alright, Altright’ catchphrases and the like and to join in with the SNL fun and merriment since, after all, in the years of his absence from the show, he’s been impersonated more than a time or two or three.
So how did he do this time around with the multi-platform monitoring of our social media era? Here’s a roundup of what’s being said of Matthew McConaughey, as SNL host.
“….[McConaughey] simply brought a Devil May Care sort of flippancy to the show that worked in a weird way while also being something that could turn folks off. We saw examples of this in his 3D Clone sketch, where the funniest bit was watching the actor go off the rails with his dancing…….”– Fansided
“….In the end, we’d say that this was a really hit-or-miss night. We don’t really think “SNL” used their host in the right way this time (where was the pre-tape love), but at least the “Star Wars” sketch and “Weekend Update” were both great. ….”– Carter Matt
“….McConaughey was certainly proficient when he appeared on screen during last night’s show, and he even managed to take one of the standard monologue outlines (tell a story!) and turn it very much into his own thing. But McConaughey never transcended beyond “cool host” and locked in fully with the cast. By the time he seemed to be finding his groove, the night was nearly over. It was all more than alright, but damn if it didn’t go the full alright stretch…..”– Indiewire
“….Luckily, SNL got him off of home base and into some sketches, where he acquitted himself ably, at least in the much stronger first half of the show. In “Should You Chime In On This?,” “bio-printer,” and the blues sketch, McConaughey was suited up to play, and if, apart from his abidingly funny strangeness as the poor, doomed-to-explode bio-printed guy, none of his sketches were written to showcase him as a comic performer, necessarily, he was more than up for playing with the ensemble. ….” — The A.V. Club
“….Things started out strong with an excellent cold open, a cute (if not hilarious) monologue and an pre-taped Adele-centric Thanksgiving interlude that was damn near perfect. Also, while we’re on the subject of the British chanteuse/musical guest, her renditions this week of “Hello” and “When We Were Young” were breathtaking. Unfortunately, the episode fizzled out in the final third — even though we were spared a dubious Kyle Mooney short. …. ” –TV Line
“….Matthew McConaughey said in his opening monologue on “Saturday Night Live” that it had been 14 years since the last time he was on the show. This isn’t true. He hosted in 2003, and the last time we checked, that was only 12 years ago. But that was about the only thing that McConaughey did wrong Saturday evening…. ” — The Wrap
No doubt about it, McConaughey brought the show to its Thanksgiving break without causing controversy or polarization and, as mentioned, Adele soared in the much-anticipated live performance. See SNL video highlights below!
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