Monday, November 3, 2008

I don't want to go in the cart

Fuzzy Husband and I are both feeling more like ourselves. Rest and Kevin Smith movies are good for the are kitten toes. We had bits of all three yesterday.

My take on Smith's new film is fairly bipolar. ****may contain spoilers***

On one hand I was happily entertained and content with paying a matinee price to see the film on a big screen with overpriced popcorn. The story amused me and the cast did a marvelous job. I will snicker forever at the "I'm a Mac" commercials thanks to this film, and that makes me even happier.

On the other hand I am not sure what factors are at play that make "Zach and Miri Make a Porno" less edgy than the original "Clerks." Is this happening because in the time since "Clerks" made it's black and white, foul-mouthed, and nonsensical conversational debut people have become used to seeing and hearing the topics, the language, and the emotion? A lot can change in fourteen years. Have we become so desensitized that the idea of average people shooting a porno in their workplace doesn't seem that big of a stretch? On top of that, we have the saccarin sweet love story that unfolds in the middle of the whole mess. A trend that I've seen in the last few Kevin Smith projects. Is it because he's becoming more of a romantic is his advancing years? Is it because the loves of his life (wife and daughter) are more of an influence when he writes? I'm just not sure. In fact I've accepted that I may never know.

Don't get me wrong. I'm a sap when it comes to a realistic and believable love story. Hell, I'm a sap for any love story really. [Love story does NOT equall romance novel/"old lady porn."] Therefore I will continue to throw my cut of FH's paycheck at owning every Kevin Smith movie, except for "Jersey Girl" until I actually watch it and make up my own mind about it. He scripts entertain me out of irritated and sad funks. They make me laugh when I least expect it. The casts have delivered the stories awesomely. He makes movies I can watch over and over again and still be happy with money well spent.

It also doesn't hurt that FH makes a very convincing Silent Bob when he wears a black trench coat and his ancient Napster hat... What can I say? I love slightly overweight, fuzzy, comic book/gamer geeks.

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