With Saturday Night, James Franco the actor becomes James Franco the filmmaker, as he sets the camera loose inside the very closed and somewhat private world of Saturday Night Live. From that first team pitch meeting with that week's celebrity guest to a full, live show one week later, Franco's doc takes us through every step of the process with a cast and crew who truly appreciate the art of the joke, and are relentlessly committed to the long, arduous journey it takes to put just one episode of Saturday Night Live out on the air.
Franco never shifts and shapes his documentary by fitting it into some corny mold with voiceovers, music or excessive talking-head interviews. Instead, it's as if he just tosses the camera into the air and lets it float – capturing the SNL creative process from a fly-on-the-wall perspective, allowing the audience to mix and melt with castmembers and writers so they, too, become a part of the madness. Saturday Night doesn't reinvent the wheel and it won't reveal any shocking truths (except maybe that Bill Hader deserves way more credit than we give him), but you'll definitely walk away with a lot more respect for not only the show itself and what it manages to produce with only one week of prep time, but also the people who make it all happen.