Monday, November 10, 2008

Quick movie review

Zack and Miri Make a Porno: This is the first non-"Jersey Trilogy" Kevin Smith film that I've seen (though I would like to see Jersey Girl someday). Going in, my expectations were very high and, unfortunately, the movie didn't meet them. That's not to say that this isn't a very solid comedy, because it is. But you've got to judge a comedy on the big laughs that it provides and it just didn't deliver as many as I'm used to with a Smith movie. He's matured as a director and a writer, though. The dialogue is less like a series of monologues and much more natural (probably due to Seth Rogen's insistence that the director greatly easy up on his "no improv" rule). And "the scene" between Rogen and Elizabeth Banks is expertly shot and probably the most well-crafted one of Kevin Smith's entire oeuvre. It doesn't hurt that Banks' O-face is the sexiest thing that I've seen all year. That alone is worth the price of admission.


jasdye said...

totally confused by your first sentence. you've only seen two k smith movies and both were set in jersey?

and, great nod to Office Space, still one of my faves.

Micah said...

Actually, that's just a fanboy term for his movies that feature characters who make up the View Askewniverse: Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogman, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and Clerks II. While Jersey Girl is set in New Jersey (I presume), it doesn't share any VA storylines or characters.

And, dude, I'm serious. I'm not spoiling much, but the close-up on Elizabeth Banks' face is hotter than any nekkid scene that I've seen in recent memory. And I'm on the internet. A lot.

Micah said...

That should read Dogma above. To my knowledge, Kevin Smith never directed a movie titled Dogman.

SBN1 said...

Yeah, I saw it this weekend and laughed my arse off. I didn't mind/care that it was set in a town far, far away from the Jersey universe. To be honest, I was kinda tired of all that sheeit. It was good to see the some of his fave actors play different roles.

You're right about the o-face. But they cover the reason for that in the movie - without giving anything away here, it's a different kind of scene than we're used to in stroke films.

speaking of porno, I just finished hoarding my stockpile for this winter. If I can't wrangle a steady piece of ass in the waning weeks of girlfriend season, then I should be set until the warm weather returns.

Micah said...

Oh, I agree with you. It's nice to see Smith branch out. I honestly didn't really like J&SBSB all that much, but that may be because I don't think the titular characters are strong enough to carry an entire movie. And I'm not a stoner. Clerks II ended that series of films nicely, though.

The O-face scene was just really well-done, cutting back and forth between their moment and the crew observing it (great use of music, too).

Wait - when does girlfriend season end?!

SBN1 said...

while there's no official end, many agree that peak season runs from the last days in august up until late november. I'd say it's due mostly to a unique combination of seasonal change, holiday anticipation, and the overall dwindling supply of available poon in the winter months.

Micah said...

I'd better hurry up and get my permit then.