Don't go into this post thinking I am bashing on Kevin Smith. I am a massive fan of his, and he is one of the biggest inspirations I have for writing.
That being said I fear his films are becoming a little too--stonery--?
We all know he has always heavily referenced pot in his films, but it wasn't until he met up with Seth Rogen on Zack and Miri Make a Porno (One of my favorite Kevin Smith titles) that he himself said that he started really smoking weed. I am a big fan of Rogen's work, and even though I do not smoke pot I will not judge those who do.
Smith has always been one of my favorite filmmakers, but recently I have been driving away from his script writing. I listen to his Smodcast daily. When he gets up on stage with Ralph Garman to do Hollywood Babble-On stoned out of his mind, it's probably the most enjoyable 2 hours of my week.
His screen writing, however, I feel has taken a horrible turn. His latest flick which he just finished filming is an independent film called [Tusk](movie:1055467). The idea of Tusk came from his podcast called Smodcast in which he and a friend were sitting around smoking a lot of weed talking about this posting on a website about a guy looking for a roommate to live with him rent free. The only catch is that once a week this individual is to dress up in a walrus suit and pretend to be his long lost best friend who happens to be a walrus...
The podcast itself was hysterical and I had a really fun time listening to it. Then came the news that Kevin had decided to write a screenplay about it. At this point I was already scared, but then came the news it will be a horror film.
Smith announced his retirement from film making and stated Red State would be his last. Until that magical morning we all woke up to him posting a picture of himself holding the script for [Clerks 3](movie:388513).
I am truly sorry, Kevin Smith, but in my opinion your last (horror) film did not seem to work out so well. The idea of Red State was amazing. When reading about it I had my hopes up. Finally, somebody makes a film bashing Westboro Baptist Church. The idea for the film was good, however, the script was clearly written by a very high individual.
Smith recently announced he is doing yet another horror film titled [Anti-Claus](movie:1390040), based on the myth of Krampus.
So finally my last note is about Clerks 3. My initial thought was thank you, Kevin, for not giving up. But after a while I sat and thought to myself, wait, how high was he when he wrote the script? I fear this film will stray so far from the feel of the first two.
I cannot stress how big of an influence Kevin Smith is to me. I will gladly hand him my money to see these films no matter how scared I am.
I just ask one thing. PLEASE, Kevin, sober up for one day and read your Clerks 3 script. If you find it to be amazing, then by all means share it with us, but if not then take the time to write it in the same state of mind you were in while writing the first two.
Jersey Girl and Clerks 2 are at the top of my Kevin Smith list.
...and Affleck was the bomb in Phantoms, yo!