The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs The Reverand is unique for two very distinct reasons. For starters, it’s the first interactive special involving the popular Netflix comedy. Audience members are able to use their remote controls to pick how the story progresses and how it ends. Also of note is that the latest in the Kimmy Schmidt saga, unlike the previous 3 seasons, is pretty awful. While I’m sure that the allure of turning this hilarious series into a glorified choose your own adventure was too much to pass up, all this movie accomplishes is highlight how unnecessary this release was.
It’s hard to not wonder if show creators Robert Carlock and Tina Fey had a few extra stories they didn’t get to during the show’s three seasons and just decided to use them in this structure. While Kimmy Schmidt is meant to fun and light-hearted, everything about the special just seemed forced. There was nothing new or even innovative during this 90-minute slog. Everything about this felt as if we’d been there and done that. While I’m sure those of us who are still practicing social distancing are desperate for entertainment, this is far from a good choice.
The cast certainly looks solid on paper and there are even some guest stars that will perk some interest in the fan base, but the source material just wasn’t there. We’ve gone down this road before and not even Daniel “Harry Potter” Radcliffe can conjure up enough comedic talent to save the film. While I’m sure some might feel I’m being negative and maybe should embrace the comedic gold that is a talking backpack. Perhaps my standards are too high.
Overall, the experience of watching the new Kimmy Schmidt movie was just pointless. Why didn’t we just stop when you are ahead? There’s no need for this extension of the beloved series. If anyone next week feels the urge to watch the special, just rewatch the previous 3 seasons and save yourself some aggravation.