Tom Hanks was host of Saturday Night Live and once again, Alec Baldwin’s ‘Donald Trump’ was back. Lady Gaga performed on the for the first time in years. Now the TV critics are weighing in and you can see a roundup of reviews and video highlights right here!
Tom Hanks arrives on the famed Studio 8H stage amidst promotion of his Oscar-worthy portrayal of the Miracle on the Hudson hero pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger in the Clint Eastwood directed ‘Sully.’ For those hoping for a spoof on the movie, well, such hopes were fulfilled.
But first, he deftly spoofed his recent ‘America’s Dad’ magazine for the opening monologue which saw him as the literal father of the literal country which, let’s face it has literal problems. This saw him delivering such lines as “You OK with money? I don’t have $19 trillion, I have $230 million” and “You got a lot of guns, kiddo.”
But naturally first of all, there was that matter of the third and final presidential debate with Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump taking to the stage opposite Kate McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton. With the likes of “bad hombres” and “nasty women” and other such social media viral bits and memes to banty about, days after the fact, SNL put its unique spin on the festivities.
Now that the laughter — or lack of same — has died down, the critics are weighing in. Here’s what they’re saying,
“….You know, you never realize just how much you need Tom Hanks until he’s back on Saturday Night Live. Sure, sure, he’s got the Oscars, and he’s saving a plane full of people, or a spaceship full of people, or all the people (as in his newest Dan Brown movie, which, okay, maybe we don’t need). But, blessedly, Hanks has never lost his inner goofball, and, tonight, in his ninth hosting appearance, he was the Hanks we need right now. …..” A.V. Club
“….While there were a couple of sketches that were merely okay (Sully, 100 Floors of Flights), the rest more than made up for it. Grade: A-…..” — CarterMatt
Check back for more reviews as they arrive. Once again, SNL lumbers through another 90 minutes of air time and the result is up for possible viral video perpetuity. Below you can see the highlights and/or see the full episode video below from last night’s SNL with host Tom Hamks!