Interactivity Hurts The ‘Kimmy Schmidt’ Movie

I love Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. It’s a great show. It’s just packed with jokes and great performances. Some of it is a bit dark, but even the dark parts are buoyed by sharp jokes. There’s also more emotional moments to it than Tina Fey and Robert Carlock’s previous show 30 Rock, which is also a great, and probably even better, show. The idea of a Kimmy Schmidt movie should have made me excited. Alas, they decided to make it gimmicky and make it a choose-your-own-adventure movie. Despite that, I decided to watched the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt interactive film. Everything that was Kimmy Schmidt was great, and everything that was interactive gimmickry was not fun.

You can watch the movie and not make any choices and it will just go with whatever option is highlighted, or so I assume. Maybe if you don’t make a choice it has something preprogrammed into it. I don’t know, because I decided to give in and play along. I made choices every time I was asked to. Largely, I went with whatever seemed funnier. I wanted to see a funny movie. This didn’t always work out. A couple times the movie rebooted itself after I had gone too far in the “wrong” direction. This, honestly, was fine. The problem is that the ending of the movie is evidently based on your choices.

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For example, in my version Kimmy got a happy ending. Titus and Jacqueline, though, did not. The Jacqueline ending I got was particularly dark. I figured, like other bad stuff that had happened, it would be fixed. Maybe it would roll back. Nope. It just ended like that. That meant the movie I saw was good, but kind of unsatisfying. There’s probably a better version out there, but I didn’t get it. Guess what? I don’t want to try again. I saw the movie and that’s that. I wish they had just told a story and let me watch it. That way, I wouldn’t feel like I was punished for wanting to see funny stuff happen. That’s not any fun.

I’m sure some people dig interactive movies. Some people probably loved the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt film. I liked the jokes and seeing the characters again. The story was a little unsatisfying, but that’s because of choices I made, choice made with no knowledge of what would happen. Just give me a movie. I trust Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. Evidently I can’t trust myself.

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