April 7th, 2014
02:09 PM ET
Watching this weekend's "Saturday Night Live," it was a little hard to believe that this was the same Anna Kendrick who was once just a supporting face in "Twilight."
But the actress has had an epic rise from the world of YA adaptations, from her Oscar nod with "Up In the Air" to establishing herself as a "Pitch Perfect" comedic talent.
We were confident going into her "SNL" debut that Kendrick would deliver, and we're happy to say that we were right.
The 28-year-old was spot-on in sketches like "Les Jeunes de Paris" and "The Little Mermaid," in which Kendrick played the red-headed Ariel as a mermaid who just wants to sing Ke$ha, Britney Spears and Selena Gomez songs, making the evil sea witch Ursula rethink taking her voice. ("Isn't it beautiful? It's how the humans are singing now!")
At one point, she even auditioned for the night's musical guest, Pharrell Williams, who was clad in his Arby's hat because why wouldn't he be?
And then there was "Dongs All Over the World," which sounds exactly as outlandish and divisive as you'd expect:
For Entertainment Weekly, Kendrick's installment of "SNL" was "more charmingly amusing than laugh-out-loud funny, (but) this episode will still go down in the 'success' column thanks to a combination of clever writing, higher-than-normal energy, and a host that somehow rapped more than Drake did a few months back."
The biggest downer was that "SNL" didn't use the actress as much as we'd hoped, although it didn't seem to be from a lack of enthusiasm on Kendrick's part.
"There was a solid half-hour where she was nowhere to be found," points out HitFix. "It happens. But it’s still unfortunate. Anytime a show leaves you wanting more of the host, it's a mixed blessing. It means the host did well, but didn't get to do enough. Hopefully 'SNL' will have her back next year to remedy this problem."
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