I finally got around to watching Red State, a Kevin Smith film last night.
I’m currently reading his book, “Tough Sh*t: Life Advice From a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good“, and I guess he sold me on it. I’d been avoiding the film for a while, thinking there were better things to watch. I love Kevin Smith films, I’ve bought his DVDs, even special / anniversary editions from abroad, but this one, I just couldn’t get around to watching. I think it was that I’d had it billed to me as his first foray into horror or something.
How wrong I was, and how much I regret not watching it earlier. The only way to describe it is that he knocked it out of the park. I understand why Quentin Tarantino said he “F**king loved” it.
The plot twisted all the way through – I think I foresaw only one of the actions, and that was by less than a minute. The rest of the way through, I was just exclaiming “WOW”, “OH MY GOD” and “I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING”.
Before watching this film, I figured that Kevin Smith retiring from movies wouldn’t be a big loss – he’d done good, got a great portfolio, and provided me with many hours of entertainment, which I was pleased to pay my hard earned cash for. After seeing it, I’ve changed my mind. He changed his game, brought out something I’m sure Tarantino himself would be proud of, and made me eager to see what more this genius can do. I’m now sad that there will only be one more Kevin Smith movie. Hollywood will be poorer without him.