But did the film live up to the hype? Let's start with the hype. Once you sifted through the bullshit, there wasn't much - as all the reporting was focused more on Smith and less on his actual movie. But I did catch discussions on the SlashFilm podcast as well as Filmspotting. They all agreed that is was a step forward for Kevin Smith the filmmaker, but were torn on the actual movie itself.
For me, the movie was way over the top and at times a bit too farcical. It starts off well and then descends into what can only be described as madness. And not David Lynch of Cronenberg madness - just ridiculousness. I felt bad for the actors, who were all giving it their best - but were all over the place. Especially Stephen Root's Sheriff Wynan. He was acting in a Broken Lizard movie, while most of the scenes he was in were a serious cult movie. I understand Kevin Smith's humor will shine through every now and then, but that is more dialogue based.
This type of stuff took me right out of the film and I ultimately just didn't care about any of the characters. So when shit is going down, I wasn't rooting for anyone. And that is a problem.
Kevin Smith has said he wants to do a hockey two-fer and then he'll retire. I haven't liked anything he has done since Mallrats (which I loved, along with Clerks)... so I won't shed a tear.