Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)
USA / English
"Hollywood had it coming "The comic 'Bluntman and Chronic' is based on real-life stoners Jay and Silent Bob, so when they get no profit from a big-screen adaptation they set out to wreck the movie.
Kevin Smith's magnum opus ode to himself
Whatever went wrong with Kevin Smith's 1995 film Mallrats has been fixed
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. Now in 2001, Kevin Smith devotes
minutes of film to himself. Any negative reviews you may read are surely
written by critics who weren't big fans of Smith's previous efforts
(especially Mallrats). J&SBSB is a movie for the View Askew fans. The film
contains many references to Clerks (1994), Mallrats (1995), Chasing Amy
(1997), and Dogma (1999) as well as the Clerks comic books and the Jay and
Silent Bob comic book, Chasing Dogma, that bridges the gap between Chasing
Amy and Dogma (actually, a great deal of the film's road trip comes
from this book).
J&SBSB (the fifth film in the New Jersey Trilogy, much like The
Guide five-part trilogy) is filled to the brim with crude humor that
turns off most movie critics, but it's crude humor with Kevin Smith's
familiar wit. It's written for Jason Mewes to really shine in his
performance (I never thought I'd say that).
The major part of this film that stood out for me is the craft. The
What the hell could I be talking about? As many know, Kevin Smith's movies
are notorious for having almost zero camera moves. This is Kevin Smith's
most technically superior film (probably because it's his highest budget).
There are camera moves and excellent camera angles. In Smith's last film,
Dogma, as well as this one, he utilizes the 2.35:1 aspect ratio. Why in
world he feels that he needs to use such scope in these films is beyond
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back is not a "real" movie. Chasing Amy is the
closest Smith has come to that. For the View Askew/Kevin Smith fans, this
his best film. It will certainly be interesting to see what kind of movies
Smith decides to make now that his New Jersey Trilogy has come to a close
and he doesn't have the familiar characters to fall back
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