Kevin Smith's latest feature gets released this week. We've seen it. Read our toothy review.
|"Stop reminding me. I know|
all about THAT Die Hard movie."
Smith came upon the idea for Tusk while recording his podcast, having interviewed an English man who placed a hoax advertisement offering free rent to anyone willing to dress as and pretend to be a walrus for two hours a day. You think that's interesting? Wait til you see the movie.
The cast is solid and led by a great performance by Michael Parks, who previously worked with Smith as the deranged Preacher in Red State. Parks is fantastic. He's right in his wheelhouse here playing an intelligent, strong and psychotic role. Justin Long plays the foul mouthed podcast star that finds himself the subject of some very unfortunate events while traveling to Manitoba to conduct an interview for his show. A weighty and much older Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense) teamed with the beautiful Genesis Rodriguez both round out the primary cast while one of the biggest actors in Hollywood brings forth a strange and totally surreal performance. This is a "never saw that coming" bit of stunt casting that adds an additional layer of weird amusement to the film.
|"Thank god!!! She sees dead|
Clearly this movie won't be everyone's cup of tea, but Smith deserves a lot of credit for having the nerve to make it without compromise. Tusk is funny at times, grotesque at others, and takes a huge chance on mixing so many formative genre ideas in to one moody and slightly uneven picture. Much like Red State, he abandons his usual band of characters to try to do something fresh. And it works with a slightly strange appeal that his die hard fans will definitely fall in love with.
|"So, you wanna know|
where this tusk is going?"
Overall, if you like Kevin Smith and especially if you liked Red State then I think you'll enjoy Tusk. It's not Smith's best work but it is certainly his most peculiar effort to date. That alone makes it worth the watch.