Monday, January 09, 2006

Hardly Clerkin'

Here's a Monday treat: the Clerks 2 teaser trailer can be found here. This is a teaser; as in, barely anything is revealed about the plot other than Randal and Dante are now working at Mooby's. Familiar View Askew faces (Ethan Suplee, Jason Lee, Ben Affleck) have cameos alongside the main regulars from Clerks but with very little dialog. At least it's better than that silly Hannibal trailer a few years ago (whose sole film frame was a recycled shot from The Silence of the Lambs).

I have to be honest: there is quite a deal of skepticism on my end for this movie. I still enjoy Clerks, the Clerks cartoon and the "Flying Car" skit that appeared on The Tonight Show. However, the thought of devoting a whole other feature to Dante, Randal and Jay and Silent Bob feels like a stretch. Wasn't everything said at the end of the first Clerks? There was hope for these guys to turn their lives around and the ending was very open-ended. Having a sequel quashes the open-ended imagination.

Word is that Clerks 2 is super-raunchy and will be released unrated. Sure, that sounds like good news, but I'm not watching this movie just for raunchy jokes. I want to be entertained but I don't want to be let down with a bunch of dick and fart jokes either. There are deeper tones to all of Kevin's flicks (even Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back), but I keep coming back to Clerks, Chasing Amy and Dogma more than anything else.

I'm not making any predictions with Clerks 2. I will probably most definitely see it in the theater when it comes out later this year. Who knows: this may be the only movie I'll see in a theater this year.


gone said...

I quite skeptical myself. In fact, I'm wondering if Kevin Smith has any steam left whatsoever. He lost me with Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. Nice post.

josh Mueller said...

Randal looks like Judge Reinhold now.