What can I say?
I’ve been pumped ever since I heard that the movie was actually gonna get made. Back when I was pretty up to date with my podcast library, I listened to SModcast 259 not long after it went live on iTunes. The Gumtree ad that Kev read out made me chuckle and then when Kev and Scott discussed, elaborated and took it to the next level it really entertained me.
Since 259, every SModcast thus far that has mentioned Tusk kept me yearning to see it. Especially when I listened to episode 308 which featured the guy who created the hoax ad, Chris Parkinson, that went on to inspire Kevin Smith.
Needless to say, once I got settled to watch Tusk in bed last night, I was pretty fecking excited! Red State left me wanting more from Kevin Smith’s darker side. Plus, as soon as I heard Michael Parks was involved I was stoked moreso.
I knew a lot about the movie thanks to the podcasts. I knew that Howard Howe doesn’t just want to turn Wallace into a walrus. He actually does do it. I knew that this movie was all kinds of fucked up. But even though I knew all of this, this movie still blew my mind. I mean, c’mon, he TURNS HIM INTO A FUCKING WALRUS! The visuals add to the effect and the flesh suit where other faces and bodies are sewn into it (you can see a rogue face on his left side later in the movie) is just astounding. The podcasts, discussions, teases and flat out points made on Twitter and so on still didn’t prepare me for this.
My one criticism is Justin Long’s moustache. It’s the creepiest part of the movie (in my opinion).
I truly loved this movie and, as a SMod fan (listening to the majority of the SModcast network) I felt that this movie delivered in so many unexpected areas. Again, I knew things such as Ralph Garman‘s name being Frank Garmin (a reference to Hollywood Babble-On where Ralph gets called Frank).
As a big fan of Johnny Depp, his performance as Guy Lapointe (had to go and have those 2 sliders, though didn’t ya?) was hysterically funny and rather creepy (wouldn’t be Depp without an element of quirkiness/creepiness, eh?).
There are so many easter eggs for Kevin Smith fans – I really should sit down and do a commentary podcast (idea for the future).
I love all of Kevin Smith’s filmography (haters gon’ hate) and this is another superb addition to that collection. Am I riding on his dick too much in this blog? Probably.
C’mon, Mr Tusk, let’s enjoy the good ol’ times.