When Fran Drescher triumphed over the evil AMPTP this week and in the end delivered labor peace to Hollywood, one factor was clear: The Saturday Evening Dwell monologue would as soon as once more turn out to be a instrument to advertise the host’s newest venture, regardless of how ridiculous or inappropriate. To show the purpose, returning visitor Timothée Chalamet took the chance to ring the money register a number of occasions. Ka-ching!
Chalamet lets us know straight away that he’s completely satisfied the SAG-AFTRA strike is over — in any other case, all he may have talked about was his new Chanel business directed by Martin Scorsese (Plug #1!). Cue the Wonka music for a shakily sung “Pure Creativeness” parody that invitations us right into a world of shameless self-promotion. “It’s okay,” he croons. “I can say that my new movie Wonka is out in theaters December fifteenth, Fandango key phrase: Hugh Grant! Rattling, Hugh Grant acquired that oompa-loompa dump truck.” (Plug #2!)
However he’s not carried out but. Chalamet’s music extols the virtues of three-and-a-half hour films like Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon. (Plug #3! Guess Timothée and Martin actually hit it off filming that fragrance business.) “Or simply await half two of Dune,” he sings. (Plug #4!)
Chalamet takes extra pictures at AMPTP, cheering that it will probably now not fill crowd pictures with faux CGI drones applauding (you possibly can guess what SNL cuts to right here) earlier than bringing out Marcello Hernández, Punkie Johnson and Kenan Thompson to rap about having child faces. Undecided what that was all about, aside from to show Chalamet is a touch higher rapper than he's a singer.
As anticipated, Chalamet is charming and the opening film plugs are as awkward as ever. I’m undecided when within the present’s tenure it turned obligatory to solely host the present once you had a venture to advertise. However Lorne Michaels or NBC or some advertising and marketing wonk noticed the sunshine a long time in the past. Now once you hear that Jason Momoa is coming in just a few weeks, you already know, “Huh, guess it should be time for Aquaman 2.”
We don’t assume Lorne Michaels is complaining. Ever since somebody determined SNL is slam-dunk film promotion, the present has landed a number of the greatest stars on the earth to host. I am positive Dwayne Johnson loves sketch comedy, however he’s a five-timer as a result of the Rock is aware of the right way to hustle up film ticket gross sales.
As for the remainder of the present? The evening’s finest sketch featured Chalamet because the Man within the Moon, comforting an orphan (newcomer Chloe Troast) who nobody desires to undertake. Troast has some critical, Cecily-Sturdy-caliber singing chops, craving for brand spanking new mother and father regardless of being a 27-year-old, flat-earther sociopath. It’s a uncommon highlight sketch for a brand new performer — good on Troast for proving she deserved one.
The night’s lowlight was one other SNL custom — the horrible political chilly open. Was America actually ready to see how the present would skewer this week’s little-discussed Republican debates? It’s an excuse to trot out wigs and prosthetics that hardly resemble Ron DeSantis and Vivek Ramaswamy. It’s virtually as if politicians have a venture to advertise and the present feels an obligation to supply a platform. However these are plugs that the present — and viewers — can do with out.