Shyly spunky charmer Anna Kendrick was underwhelming as the host of Saturday Night Life this week. She went musical, singing during the monologue an auto-tuned Little Mermaid sketch, and went on to the viral-baiting (but stupid) Spice Girls parody “Dongs All Over the World.” Her vocal impressions during the Little Mermaid bit (not online unfortunately) were skillful and humorous–Kesha, Iggy Azelea, Britney Spears. And trotting out her famous “cups” party trick in a likable sketch about French New Wave-types dancing was sweet.
The highlight of the evening was Weekend Update, particularly Kate McKinnon’s outstanding Angela Merkel impression. Vulnerable, flirtatious, and exasperated, McKinnon brings out the most lovable parts of Merkel’s persona. Next, the under-used Brooks Wheelan told a personal story to warn people to drink responsibly; his confessionals could seem odd or tacked-on, but his earnest, self-knowing delivery is lovely.
Another new cast member, Kyle Mooney, continues to shine, this time in a sketch with Vanessa Bayer about flirtations between neighbors. These and other sketches included below.