So I have finally reached the end of Kevin Smith's View Askewniverse. I have actually enjoyed alcove the films in some way or another, but there were definitely some that were better than others. I came to like the characters in such a short amount of time, so I must say that this Askewniverse has succeeded.
Clerks II definitely shares much of the same humor and style as the original. The biggest difference is that this one has a much more conventional plot than the first. The first one didn't have as deep of a plot as this one, therefore it was unable to fall into any of the cinematic clichés that this one did. Still, I did feel that the sequel was even more enjoyable than the original. One big thing, however, is that Smith's raunchy humor and offensive humor that usually goes too far, goes WAY too far this time. If you have seen this movie, you know which two scenes I am talking about that go WAY too far.
Like has been the case for Jay and Silent Bob throughout the View Askewniverse, the other characters felt like they were even more comfortable in their roles in this film than in the first. Brian O'Halloran and Jeff Anderson are still great as Dante and Randal, respectively. They are funny and relatable protagonists. The new additions of Rosario Dawson and Trevor Fehrman are both charming and funny characters. Jason Lee's cameo is also hilarious. Oh, and you can't forget about Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith as Jay and Silent Bob, who are funny and much better in this film than in the original Clerks.
So overall, Clerks II is a satisfying end to a satisfying universe of films. This was definitely one of the more offensive entries, though, so do be warned.
Big Tuna's Rating: B+
How Did I Watch It?: DVD/Blu-Ray borrowed from the library.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again: Yes.
At the end of this post, I decided to rank the View Askewniverse based on my opinion.
3. Clerks II
5. Chasing Amy
6. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
All of the films were enjoyable and definitely had some value in one way or another. Some were ridiculously hilarious, while some were great examples of independent filmmaker. Overall, I really had fun watching these films and would recommend them if you can handle the humor.
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