After recovering from a heart attack, Randal decides to make a movie about his life, involving Dante, Jay, Silent Bob and everyone else in the making.
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Dante Hicks, along with his ‘not’ aging partner Randall Graves, runs Quick stop Groceries. Like in the old days they go to work, Dante steals coffee on a coffee pot from the nineties, and on the ‘very’ long break they gather on the roof for a hockey game. There are more customers, and the line is longer. In his years at the store, Dante had a rough experience. Grieving for Rebecca Hicks and their unborn daughter Grace, Dante sees her spirit from time to time.
One day Randall suffers a massive heart attack. He realizes that he has lived his whole life for nothing. Determined to rectify this, Randall takes on (for the first time) a responsibility: to make a movie about himself and the rest of their group of friends in the place where their little universe was born.
The cast: Brian O’Halloran was first seen in ‘Jay in Hollywood’ and watching ‘Clerks’ for the first time wished I had seen it earlier in Smith’s world. A character whose life is spent behind the box office trying to change something in his destiny. But, he realizes that his true place is here. Plus, who abandons such a cool friend in the form of Jeff Andersson, ready to go on the exploits (and make movies until he’s 90) after a new ‘movie hobby. Both iconic characters earned the final point in their story.
Trevor Ferman has gotten better since part two. Time has battered everyone (if only) except the immortal Randall Graves. Elias Grover became the founder of one of the destructive sects. There is a note of change in the character, Kevin Smith seems to have scripted the character in such a way that he doesn’t leave the poor guy alone. Apparently Moira didn’t wait for the procrastinator to come out and started sucking up to someone else. As an outlet, the filmmaker gave Elias an improvisation on religion and gave the protÃ©gÃ© ‘Silent Bob’. Not ‘Lord of the Rings’ so Christ is Risen! Ugh, over my left shoulder. I crossed myself.
All the rest: having discovered ‘The Clerks’ (I bought a dvd for the occasion), and then the version of ‘The Clerks 2’ I can tell you that I haven’t hooted and hollered like that in a long time. I think the 2006 sequel is undeniably better and cooler. It’s got everything from interspecies erotica, Eliasian fictions about trolls (proclubic and Coretester) to the usual Dante vs. Randall argument (like the good old days) or customers to a terrific Mamma Mia-style musical. All the way up to love with Rebecca. It was a kick in the pants.
After the deafening failure of ‘The Yoganuts,’ work on the script for the third ‘Clerks’ was about to resume. The plot had been being written since 2013 and already after the failed Lily Rose Melody-Depp movie, news emerged about filming the final installment. Smith had not envisioned that he would tackle the ‘Jay and Silent Bob’ reboot. He finally finished the script in January. Filming began in New Jersey on the birthday of the ‘director, writer, and actor and editor’ all in one. The world of Kevin Smith opened up to me thanks to Jason Mewes, who decided to practice directing and made his own (underrated, though, but good enough for fans) masterpiece ‘Jay in Hollywood’. Relaxed from Jay’s cinematic canvas, I immersed myself in Smith’s world. But not right away. I recently woke up and realized that after watching ‘Clerks 2,’ it was the closest I’ve ever come to a movie. With such a comedic sample and ‘rolling on the floor’ (in my case the bed) with laughter, I was amazed at why we weren’t allowed to watch this as children? I understand now. While we were fascinated with ‘Power Rings’ and ‘Transformers’ (the jokes about it come up repeatedly) the world has changed abruptly. And it’s changing to this day. But, what was really missing as a kid was the humor. From the main characters to the episodic ones, everyone impressed me!
It was certainly worth the effort to pull it all together. The film’s budget has now grown exponentially by ten million (as opposed to the first one at $27,000, and the sequel after Smith’s string of stories has grown to five million). I loved how the director used Ben Affleck, Danny Trejo and even the immortal, married couple Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. as cast members. Glad to see the mastodons down to the ordinary actors repeating their cameo roles from the first ‘Clerks’: Scott Mosier, Ethan Sopley or John Willunga. Kohi Lundin repeats the role of ‘In Pursuit of Amy. Sincerely glad not to forget this glorious Co. Was also glad to see the return of the odd customer carrying balls (this time armed with a gadget). Apparently the kooks have become native to him over the years. This time he didn’t hesitate to cast Justin Long as a doctor-assistant in the same universe (though, Kevin has done similar things with his character in ‘Tusk’ and ‘Yoganut’ from the same universe).
Impressions: The film shows how successes should be shared when you are not working alone. You have to appreciate not only yourself, but the people around you that you care about. The threequel turned into an hour-and-a-half marathon on winning love, career advancement and nostalgia for the lost ’90s.
Codec: HEVC / H.265 (62.1 Mb/s)
Resolution: Native 4K (2160p)
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.90:1
English: Dolby TrueHD with Dolby Atmos 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0
English SDH, Spanish.