SNL Review April 15, 2017: Jimmy Fallon/Harry Styles

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My letter grades for each sketch and segment is below. My in-depth review is on NewsCult: http://newscult.com/snl-love-itkeep-itleave-it-jimmy-fallonharry-styles/

White House – C+

Jimmy Fallon’s Monologue – C+

Celebrity Family Feud Time Travel Edition – B-

Legally Blonde The Musical – B

Take Me Back – B

A Message From the White House Easter Bunny – B-

Harry Styles performs “Sign of the Times” – B

Weekend Update
Michael and Colin – B+
Jacob the Bar Mitzvah Boy – B-
Bruce Chandling – B+

Union Army Camp – B+

Turtle Shirt (BEST OF THE NIGHT) – B+

Boston Teens – B

Harry Styles performs “Ever Since New York” – B

Basketball Film Shoot – B+

SNL November 14, 2015 Recap: Elizabeth Banks/Disclosure

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SNL: Disclosure, Elizabeth Banks, Leslie Jones, Sam Smith, Lorde (CREDIT: YouTube Screenshot)

This review was originally posted on Starpulse in November 2015.

“SNL” often responds to its most controversial outings in subsequent episodes, but the Donald Trump spectacle is nary mentioned at all a week later, save for a quick hit on Weekend Update. And this is for the best, because Elizabeth Banks shall not be overshadowed. She has been a deserving host for at least a decade, and in her debut, she puts on a showcase monologue, and then she fades into the ensemble for an episode that is all over the place. Meanwhile, musical guest Disclosure makes it a party by inviting their friends Lorde and Sam Smith.

In lieu of an opening sketch, “SNL” acknowledged the terrorist attack at Paris’ Bataclan Concert Hall with Cecily Strong stating a message of solidarity in both English and French.

Elizabeth Banks’ Monologue (BEST OF THE NIGHT) – “Catching the directing bug” is a simplistic premise, and musical monologues are overdone, but Elizabeth Banks uses the setup to show off her personality – the wisest direction to go when making your “SNL” hosting debut. The flourishes that she adds by taking the reins away from Don Roy King are just weird and edgy enough to start this episode off with some individuality. She is a lady in control, unafraid to demand diversity and make hacky tricks like green screen and star wipes work like gangbusters. B+

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