Ok, Clerks II, the sequal to the film Clerks. A comedy, written and directed by Kevin Smith. This film brings together the old crew, (Brian O’Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Jason Mewes, and Kevin Smith) Some new characters to add to the view askewniverse family, (Rosario Dawson, Trevor Fehrman, and Jennifer Schwalbach Smith.) The film takes place 10 years after the first film, in a Mooby’s fast food restaurant. (Although it’s really been 13 years since we’ve seen these characters.)
The film begins with our old friend Dante, arriving at a burning Quick Shop, and calls 911. Randal arrives after the fire, and enters the building. (Obviously not noticing the charred building)He is rushed out of the building.
In the next scene, it opens(In color) with Dante stopping at a house, and Randal comes out the front door and gets into Dante’s car. Next we see them pull into a Mooby’s restaurant, and so begins theyre daily routines before the Mooby’s opens. A little later arrives Becky, Dante and Randal’s Boss. Then later, enters a cheerful Elias, and soon after Dante’s fiance, Emma.The scenes with Randal and Elias, in my opinion, is the funniest scenes in the movie. Later on in the film we learn about a relationship between Dante and Becky, and how that came to be. Also, we learn things about Elias that no one should ever know…
If your opinion of Randal was slack in the first film, then be prepared to be in awe of his behavior in this one. I dont want to reveal to much details about the movie so i’ll move on.
The acting in this film compared to the first, is tremendously better. Like I stated earlier, it’s been almost, if not more than, 13 years since the first film. We now see more mature acting. The old cast is now in theyre 30s and they’ve had time to get better on they’re acting. When we learn about the relationship between Dante and Becky, the acting on they’re part is believable enough to make you think a gorgeous woman like Becky would actually fall for a chud like Dante.
The acting and directing in this film is great, but another thing that deserves credit is the camera angels and movements. One in particular, is in the argument between Dante and Randal in the ally behind Mooby’s. The camera circles around them as they move, and i’ve never seen that in a movie. That scene is also one with alot of emotion in the acting. There is also a gorgeous crane shot which centers around a dance number. The last, (But certainly not least) is the final shot of the movie. As the camera pulls back from Dante and Randal, the song “Misery” by Soul Asylum plays. It’s a really great shot, i think.
As the last film featuring the view askewniverse characters, this one is, in my opinion, the best of all his movies. The comedy, language, and overall story is just Amazing. I love this movie and suggest everyone to watch and enjoy. If your a fan of Kevin smith, you should definetely see this one. I give it two thumbs up and I hope to meet Kevin Smith one day.
This is my first review, and I am open to constructive criticism. Just dont be too harsh please…lol