This is the second of the films in my quest to watch the whole View Askewniverse. I was actually pretty excited for this one because it had more actors that I was familiar with, like Jason Lee, Michael Rooker, and of course, Ben Affleck.
In my opinion, I felt that this film was even more enjoyable than "Clerks". I thought that it was hilarious. It had even more film fan references than "Clerks", and I loved it. The "Star Wars" parts and the Stan Lee cameo were my favorite part of the movie. I felt that in this movie, Jay and Silent Bob were much better developed than in "Clerks" and had much more of a purpose towards the storyline. The closest part to a pointless subplot in this film would be that of Willam, however it did end up affecting the main plot, and I found his part to be quite funny. The film almost constantly had me laughing.
The acting was also really good in this film. Jason Lee did an excellent job in his role, being funny, relatable, and just all-around great. Ben Affleck was also very good in his role, playing the antagonist well. Jason Mewes as Jay and Kevin Smith as Silent Bob also delivered many laughs and seemed to have gotten into a groove with their roles by this film. As mentioned before, the Stan Lee cameo is priceless, as is a cameo by Brian O'Halloran, which is hilarious.
That being said, the production value of "Mallrats" was not quite to the level of "Clerks". The cinematography, although not bad, was not nearly as creative as "Clerks", nor was the film demanding of the creative directorial decisions needed to make "Clerks" successful (e.g. the monochrome in "Clerks").
So overall, "Mallrats" is definitely a very good time. If you like to laugh and are a fan of Smith's films, you should check it out.
Big Tuna's Rating: A-
How Did I Watch It?: DVD/Blu-Ray that I own.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would Watch It Again?: Yes.
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