A few days ago I was lucky enough to see a screening of the new film on the Jay & Silent Bob Reboot Roadshow. Not only did we get to see the film, but there was a Q&A and even a meet and greet for VIP pass holders. Finally getting to talk to Kevin and Jay, even though it was brief, was such an awesome experience.
You guys are still probably wondering why I'm writing a review to a film that has basically nothing to do with comics. Well, you see its the work of Kevin Smith that was one of the main inspirations behind me starting this site. He's always been somebody I look up to and been inspired by. I've followed his work, (movies, shows, comic books, podcasts, books) since I was 13. 'Tough Sh*t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good' is a book he wrote where he talks about following going after your dream and how if he can become successful doing what he loves so can you. So I guess you could say that if it wasn't for his little pearls of wisdom, I may never have started this site.
Ok enough of that, let's talk about the film.
It's been 25 years since Kevin Smith first introduced us all to Jay and Silent Bob in his film 'Clerks'. What started out as 2 side characters delivering some of the dirtiest and inappropriate jokes in the film, ended up becoming the most endearing creations of Smith's career. So when he decided to return to the Askewniverse, it was only fitting that it was with these 2. While we were originally suppose to get 'Clerks 3' first, I can't tell you how happy I am that we got another film focused on these two lovable stoners.
Now before you think that this is going to be your typical film review, let me stop you right there. I'm not here to give some crazy analysis of the cinematography or the brilliant acting (although I do think this is Jason Mewes best performance to date), I'm here as a Kevin Smith fan to talk about what I loved about the film and even after 25 years Smith can still surprise us.
The film as it say in the title , is a "reboot" of 'Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back'. It doesn't hold back as it takes obvious shots at Hollywood and their need to constantly remake or reboot film franchises. The beginning of the film hews very closely, in terms of plot, to the original. Jay and his hetero life-mate Silent Bobhear about a Hollywood scheme to use their likenesses in a movie and leave the comforts of Quick Stop’s stoop to put an end to it. While at times it feels very "meta", in terms of how it's clearly making fun of itself and the sheer amount of cameos. We literally check in with so many characters of the past Askewniverse films, it feels like complete fan service and I loved every second of it.
This film truly shines once it gets all of that reboot talk out of the way. Halfway through is where the story veers into what the film is really about, Jay discovering he has a daughter. A feisty 18-year-old daughter, that takes after her mother just as much as she does her father. Her name is Millennium “Milly” Faulken, she’s played by Smith’s daughter Harley Quinn. From there hilarity ensues as Milly and her group of friends join our dynamic duo on there journey to Hollywood, to "Stop this fucking movie from getting made". Harley does an excellent job in this movie and shows that she's more than got the acting chops to be in this movie.
On this road trip to Hollywood we see Jay struggling with how to be a good father while also completing his mission. Somewhere along the way we see the change occur in Jay, as he puts his relationship with Milly above his own needs/wants. Like I said Jason Mewes delivers his best acting performance to date, it was unexpected and will give you all the feels.
Perhaps one of the best scenes in the film is when Ben Affleck's Holden McNeil makes his return. His speech talks about growing up and how our needs/wants to change once we become parents. It was easily one of the most heartfelt scenes you'll ever see in a Kevin Smith film. Having known about the fallout between Smith and Affleck, it was awesome to see them together on the screen again. Then to have Affleck deliver one of the best scenes in the movie, made it even more meaningful.
While this film is definitely geared towards Kevin Smith fans, I think anyone can go into this film and enjoy it for what it is. It's easily one of the funniest films I've seen in a long time and is full of heart. Once again Kevin Smith shows all of us, that while he does love raunchy jokes, he's got one of the biggest hearts. He continues to inspire and motivate people with more than just his films. It's his messages of positivity and love that shine through in everything he does. I can't wait for Clerks 3 sir.