Review: Kimmy vs the reverend keeps the thrill of the series

Netflix’s newest movie is as good as the original show

The promotional poster for Netflix's newest interactive movie,

The promotional poster for Netflix’s newest interactive movie, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend”.

Anna Woodward, Online Managing Editor

When you’re stuck at home, what better thing to do than to await for things to drop on Netflix. I finished Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt last fall, and missed it as soon as I finished. It was a happy show that was short enough to watch during a break but interesting enough to binge without getting bored. When I found out that Netflix was releasing an interactive special of one of my favorite comedy shows, I couldn’t wait to watch.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend continues where we left off with Kimmy Schmidt after escaping a bunker, adjusting to a new life in New York City and making a name for herself. The movie was interactice, reminiscent of Black Mirror‘s “Bandersnatch” where viewers get to choose what the characters do. I thought this was a great concept for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt since it was such a vibrant show with lots of eccentric characters.

The movie follows Kimmy as she prepares for her wedding to Prince Frederick, who is played by Daniel Radcliffe. Her best friends Titus, Lillian and Jacqueline are prevalent with their own storylines as other supporting characters and new ones make appearances. Kimmy finds a book in her backpack, which leads her back to her kidnapper, Richard Wayne Gary Wayne, who accidentally reveals something that makes Kimmy go on a goose chase, book in hand.

Kimmy vs. the Reverend had almost all of the same characters from the series, back with the classic flair and lovable personalities. I was wondering how much of the cast would be coming back for this considering that it wasn’t as advertised and more focused just on Kimmy, but it was great to see them all back and still having a role that was more than a few lines. While the movie was more focused on Kimmy, it still had the multiple storylines of the supporting characters, just like the show, which is something I really liked.

The movie was short—only about an hour and a half—but it went by quickly without feeling rushed. The pacing of the movie is really what made me enjoy it even more because I didn’t get bored or feel like the movie was slow. This was also because of the interactive option but it still was nice to see.

What I liked about this is that it had a happy ending. I know this is clichéd but I wouldn’t have it any other way considering what an upbeat show it is. The movie kept with the original appeal of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt but still managed to have a new take and make it even more interesting. I applaud Netflix for releasing this at the perfect time, because Kimmy Schmidt is just the character we need to make us laugh in a time like this.