Movie Review: Jay and Silent Bob Reboot Directed By Kevin Smith

Jay and Silent Bob Reboot Directed by Kevin Smith – The movie was everything I hoped it could be as a fan of Kevin Smith and his View Askew Universe. I also saw this movie as part of a Road show stop in Chattanooga, Tennessee where Kevin Smith and Jayson Mewes introduced the film and did a 45 minute Q and A after the film. Jay and Silent Bob Reboot is like his Avengers: Endgame marvel movie, where he wraps up films and storylines that he started 25 years ago. Chasing Amy was my favorite movie and it gives us closure after 22 to the story of Holden and Alyssa. It’s something I didn’t know I needed until I saw the scene with Ben Affleck and Joey Lauren Adams. This movie has jokes on jokes, it reverses some of the scenes from Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. Matt Damon and Chris Hemsworth make fun of themselves in hilarious Cameos. Kevin Smith plays dual roles as a version of Kevin Smith the director persona, and as Silent Bob. I saw the film as part of the road show some scenes couldn’t be heard over the laughter of the audience. I would recommend it if you were a fan. The jokes are full of puns and movie references like cultish hits like Don’t tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead and How High, as well as references to Glen Gary, Glen Ross and Up in Smoke. Celebs have fun poking fun poking fun of themselves like Ben Affleck forgetting the name of his mother and winking at the camera, and Jason Lee making fun of Alvin and the Chipmunks. The movie is a good time all around and there’s plenty of references that are hit and miss, it helps if you’ve seen the movies that Jay and Silent Bob are in, but they are humorously summed up in a scene.

The Plot: Years after the world had scene the last Bluntman and Chronic movie, Hollywood has declared it is time for a reboot. The movie company has tricked Jay and Silent Bob to give their life rights away as Bluntman and Chronic alterego’s are Jay and Silent Bob, since that’s who it was based on. So Jay and Silent Bob set off once again to shut the new movie down. Along the way Jay runs into a blast from the past Justice, Jay’s ex, also lovingly known as Boo Boo Kitty f#ck. Justice reveals Jay has a daughter, and it just so happens she wants to make it to the Bluntman and Chronic movie as well, for other reasons.

What I Liked: The jokes and references, I’m a huge movie geek and there’s jokes, upon jokes about cult classic, to comic book movies, courtroom TV dramas, and plenty jokes about Jay and Silent Bob’s own films. There’s plenty of weed references layer through out. This movie has so much self depreciating humor and most of it leveled at Kevin Smith the director himself. Jayson Mewes can handle the juvenile comedy but he has some moments of drama that for the most part he pulls off. The movie doesn’t take itself seriously at all, and constantly winking at the audience.  Tommy Chong’s steals the scene, it reminded me of every time he was on that 70’s show and nailed it, he is so hard not too watch. The Chasing Amy scene was beautiful, Kevin Smith has said the scene came at the last minute, but man was it needed and executed to perfection.

What I Disliked: No Mark Hamill Disney told him he could not do it so he was greatly missed as Cock Knocker the villain. The Climax is a big mess that makes no sense and a character turn from out of nowhere.   The beginning takes a little second to get into it, it’s extremely cartoony, but soon begins to balance out.

Recommendations: if you’ve seen all the other Jay and Silent Bob movies, then this one is can’t miss. It you’re a casual fan I think you’ll enjoy. If you’re a fan of movies there so many references the one mentioned in this review are just scratching the surface. This movie delivers on the laughs in a big way I was crying a couple times out of laughter. I saw this movie as part of the road show tour, where you get a film introduction where we watched all of Jay and Silent Bob’s Audible spots, then the film plays and a 45 minute Q and A where I found out the plot of Clerks 3 got personal stories of Stan Lee, Found out the Mallrats 2 is happening at Universal, and we are getting Moose Jaws a movie of a Jaws version with a moose. Kevin Smith can Jab and I found it entertain and riveting. Seeing a movie with fan of Kevin Smith that get the same references from his earlier films was really special and worth the 60 dollar tickets in my opinion. I rated the movie 4 out of 5 stars. It ranks in my top third spot according to Jay and Silent Bob movies. The magic is still there with Jay and Silent Bob

Book Review: Batman: The Widening Gyre by Kevin Smith and Walter Flanagan

Batman: The Widening Gyre by Kevin Smith and art by Walter Flanagan Is the sequel to Batman: Cacophony, which I really enjoyed and rated 5 stars Batman: Cacophony review This story asks the question of what does it take for Batman to trust in both love and in partnership. In this graphic novel both relationships will be tested. This book features Batman, Nightwing, Robin (Tim Drake), Superman, Aquaman Catwoman, Joker, Poison Ivy, The Demon, Killer Croc, Deadshot, Mr. Freeze, Two-Face and a plethora of D list villains from the history of Batman’s Rouges. Baron Blitzkrieg anyone? though he is one over the cooler ones for the new era. This book does have Kevin Smith patented humor which is not all dick and fart jokes, this one is a little bit more mature than Cacophony and thankfully no rape jokes. There’s a lot of great moments Catwoman’s reaction to aging and getting called a cougar. Robin’s callback joke to being a man. Batman not trusting when a person or situation is too perfect, Alfred finding out about Bruce Wayne’s sex life and Aquaman rushing to the surface because dolphins reported a woman screaming in the ocean, which was a result of sex.

The Plot: Bruce Wayne meets a woman from his past that seems to perfect, but in his world as Batman too perfect leads to bad, can he let his guard down to find something real. As Batman he meets a new vigilante calling himself Baphomet that helps him time and again, but can he trust this new vigilante, or not. We go through Batman’s troubled past with trust issues and when he finally started trusting Robin and his trust issues with Superman. This comic will end in one of the most shocking twist I have ever read in a Batman comic.

What I Liked: The humor and observation that only Kevin Smith could bring to the world of Batman. The brutality and carnage of these villains, especially Mr. Freeze, we see people frozen but also death by shards of ice. Bruce Wayne happy and letting his guard down for a second. The personal tour of Superman’s Fortress of Solitude on a date. Baphomet and his secret origin. The hilarious Batman and Aquaman scene. The theme of trust throughout. The Demon as a villain is terrifying and I liked that he brought him from him Green Arrow run. When on the tour of the Fortress of Solitude there’s a Dinosaur, and batman has a line about he had one before they were cool to have at your hide out. It is double the size of Batman Cacophony.

What I Disliked: Every female character is sex crazed. There’s too many religious minded crimes, it’s Batman and I want to escape reality. The romance moves too fas, in regards to feelings. The story arc takes too long too develop. The Book ends at a cliffhanger and says to be continued except so far Kevin Smith has not continued it’s been 9 years!

Recommendations: I will recommend Batman fans check this comic out for the questions and conversations that are asked and answered. If you’re a fan of Batman: Cacophony then you have to check the sequel! I rated this book 4 out of 5 stars, while I liked the first one better this is a worthwhile read, and I will continue to read any works Kevin Smith.

Book Review: Batman: Cacophony By Kevin Smith and Walter Flanagan

Batman: Cacophony by Kevin Smith features issues 1-3 and an alternative script for the third issue, it is a truly great comic with a lot of great conversations. Kevin smith known for writing and directing movies such as Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Red State, and Tusk, has a way with dialogue, and adds it to comics as well. I was a big fan of his Green Arrow run, where he ended up creating one of the villains Onomatopoeia which is featured in this work as well. This graphic novel is sadistic but it leads to great questions and conversations.

The Plot: The Joker is locked away in Arkham Asylum where we see someone break in determined to kill him. That man is an assassin known as Deadshot, The Joker casually ask why he’s deemed to die. The Joker finds out that one of his poisons is being changed to a party drug called “chuckles” due to the fact it makes you laugh. The Joker is livid that one of his poison’s doesn’t do what it is supposed to do kill. Deadshot is there for that matter that the parent of one the drug users wants the Joker dead for the reason his son died by result of an overdose to the drug “chuckles”. Just before Deadshot has killed Joker, he is saved by another villain Onomatopoeia, a villain that repeats the sounds heard and killed Vertigo a costumed hero that used to run with Green Arrow. Onomatopoeia has a plan that involves the Joker and taking down Batman.

What I Liked: The conversations, there’s a really great one with Jim Gordon and Batman on wether to let the Joker die or not, and another with Batman and the Joker on if the other truly wants each other to die. There’s a great moment when the Joker realizes a joke after Deadshot is taken down by a head shot, and can not contain himself. I liked Batman using some of Deadshot’s technology. Onomatopoeia as a villain is terrifying, and I loved the reveal at the end for his character. Since Kevin Smith is known for his dick and fart jokes I was not surprised by this, for the most part they landed, on exchange with the Joker seeing Batman Junk when he changed was funny especially Alfred’s comment on it.  The alternative script was cool, most graphic novels only do a panel or two it was nice seeing the entire script and where it changed in the actual published version.

What I Disliked: There’s a rape joke that kind failed, featuring the Joker and Onomatopoeia where Joker misinterprets their relationship thinking he wants to rape him which the Joker seems all to willing to comply, which seemed a bit too much.

Recommendations: I really enjoyed myself it was funny, action packed and well drawn. I really recommend this one but there is the trigger warning of extreme violence and rape discussed, that not everyone will enjoy. I rated this short graphic novel 5 out of 5 stars. I bought this one and the sequel The Widening Gyre at the same time and will read it soon since I enjoyed this one so much.