Saturday, February 7, 2009

Kevin Smith goes to Hollywood

I watched Zack and Miri Make a Porno tonight, and it is a very solid movie. I also know I will enjoy it more, the more I watch it. I will throw some non spoilerish thoughts out though.

1. I want to apologize to Kevin Smith for not going to see this movie in the theatre. Out of the movies he has written, this should have had big commercial success, I contributed to it not being a commercial success. Mainly because I felt dirty seeing a movie by myself with Porno in the title. Crappy excuse, but it's all I've got.

2. The excitement on my end to see this movie, is only matched by a tweens excitement for the newest Jonas brothers movie (I planned to go with an Engelbert Humperdink reference here, but thought it would be lost on most).

3. The excitement on my end has limited me from declaring this a masterpiece, or at least an excellent movie. Up until now, at the end of a Kevin Smith movie, I have felt satisfied with what I watched (I have not seen Jersey Girl yet), and proclaimed the movie awesome. Clerks 2 was genius, and a great way to close the View Askewniverse. The end of this movie, left me wanting one last piece to be tied up, and for now it left me wanting more.

4. I will give it credit for taking the Romantic Comedy genre, and putting a crazy spin on it. Seeing what he did with this genre, made me excited to see what he does with his movies, now that he has closed the Askewniverse. I think he has shown Hollywood he can create a mainstream movie, and put his own spin on it. I am certain this is the first in many great movies to come.

At the end of the day, I say go see this movie. I think it will appeal to both Kevin Smith and non-Kevin Smith fans alike.

1 comment:

Erik said...

I think you nailed it in terms of Smith entering in the "guy flick" territory of Judd Apatow, even using one of JA's favorite actors to do it. Clerks II is a marvel of a film and really speaks to generation X in much the same way that Fight Club does, two sides of the same coin really. If you haven't seen Jersey Girl, I'd recommend it. Definitely not the man's finest hour, but gets a bad wrap. Way better than Dogma.

Zack and Miri is everything a good film should be: vastly entertaining and with a strong point of view. Smith tens to skew a little too far into entertainment, forgetting to speak to his audience. But it's very forgivable, and usually preferable to the other evil. Otherwise you end up with something like Crash or Forest Gump.