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Clerks II

Film Four Stars

Wow what a surprise, I haven't seen Clerks and I had a load of preconceptions about what it was all about. I had an image of a teen slacker movie which wouldn't connect or appeal to me and just try to insult and offend.

I also imagined that this would be a series of sketches and diatribes, and although at first glance it does fit that, through it runs the connecting threads of an enjoyable story. It's also funny and at times very funny, with quite a heart inside it all.

Mr Smith please accept my apology and welcome me into your fan club.

Clerks2.jpgWhat struck me most is that these have well written, very funny characters that leap out of the screen at you. Not just that but the situations they find themselves in are well orchestrated, funny, and again very well written.

The characters take you in slowly, and before long (and sometimes your better judgment) you're connecting with them and believing in them. Even with Randal Graves, yes even him.

Smith has created a story with a great deal of heart and love, which really did surprise me. Also his social and political diatribes from the characters are insightful, sharp, and apart from one, surprisingly inoffensive. He even makes me believe in the equal rights of those who believe in inter-species erotica. Okay, maybe I was caught up in the moment at that point!

There was one scene though that I cringed at a little, and not because I was offended, but because so many racist words were said in one sentence. Yet again though, and to a much lesser degree let it be said, I found myself agreeing with Randal and finding some common ground. It's amazing how these speeches disarm your preconceptions and make you think of the topic from a slightly different angle.

Even if you don't get some of what Randal is saying on this speech, and you do find it offensive, if you stick it out you find that there's a payoff at the end, a sort of retribution of sorts. So he's even covered those who might find it offensive.

I'd been pre-warned that there was a need to see Clerks first, but I don't think so. This film and the characters stand alone, and that's all down to the well written script.

Smith is obviously an excellent story teller as well as a developer of characters. You could see his style working well with character based films, and so the idea of him doing Superman or Green Hornet doesn't seem that far fetched. It would certainly provide the scripts with strong characterisations, but the rest of the films would be a grey area.

Rosario Dawson is excellent, and Jeff Anderson and Brian O'Halloran do well alongside. Anderson is perhaps the stronger with some great deliveries of lines, but how could you not be with a character like that? A mention has to be given to Trevor Fehrman for his characters excellent journey in the film…oh, and that troll speech. Weird.

The cameo's are also a lot of fun, and I wish there had been a few more. Kevin Weisman was hilarious, and the whole poking fun at fanatical fans was a superb scene.

There are lot's of little touches like this that just pop in, some are small eye catching moments and others are complete scenes, like the Hobbit lovers above, or the dance number. They all connect with the main story somehow, but some of them are a bit off the path. It didn't matter though, they make you laugh and you're soon back to the story itself.

I head some other press talking about it after the film and they said that it was disappointing and that the most romantic moment was with the donkey. Frankly I think they were watching the wrong movie, or perhaps Clerks is so much better than this film that this was a disappointment, but I can't see that. They must have been on drugs, or looking for a Cannes standing ovation.

Overall I was very impressed and surprised at how good the film is. It's very funny, has great characters, and is very well written. I'm off to rent Clerks now. Oh, and one more thing, you should really wait until the closing credits, the very end credits that is. This is probably the first occasion I've ever wanted the credits to go slower.


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Hey Richard, I completely agree with your review and I'm so glad you liked it. I hope you enjoyed Clerks, which is one of my favorite movies.

When my fiance and I saw this flick I was teeming with excitement because I love Kevin Smith and his movies, especially Clerks. I had high expectations and I was not disappointed. I can't remember the last time I laughed so hard at a movie. It was great to see Dante and Randal on screen again, not to mention Jay and Silent Bob. When the movie ended I felt a little sad because I know I'll never see these character in a new adventure again...it was kind of like when you finish reading a really good book.

I can't wait till this movie is on DVD it'll be a great addition to my collection.

WHAT A GREAT MOVIE LAUGHT MY ARSE OFF, I WENT TO SEE IT IN NEW YORK OVER A MONTH AGO, WHEN I WAS OVER THERE ON HOLIDAY, FUNNY FILM STILL THE GREAT CAST, AND SOME GREAT NEW ONE'S,
I USED TO LIKE JOHNATAN ROSS!, BUT NOW HE IS JUST A [Swearing and derogatory comment - RB], ME AND MY MATE COULD NOT BELIVE WITH THE [More swearing - RB] HE CAME OUT WITH ON FILM2006 ON BBC1, HE REALLY WENT GUN HO ON CLERKS 2 HE EVEN HAD A [More swearing - RB] TANTRUM, STUPID [Even more swearing - RB].
[Derogatory image removed - RB]

i saw clerks 2 before the first one. and yeahhh it's very funny. i loved the part when they talked about transformers, star wars, and the lord of the rings. that was THE BEST! i watched the first one after a month i guess, but i prefer clerks 2!

I haven't seen the first yet, I guess I really should considering I liked the second so much.

Oh I loved the Lord of the Rings speech!

HAHAHAHA

Your censorship skills are top notch and downright hilarious Richard! :D

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