Kevin Smith’s new movie is darker than expected

State Hornet Staff

Famous for writing and directing oddball comedies such as Clerks and Dogma, Kevin Smith has created another cult classic with Tusk.

Originally a concept spitballed during SModcast, one of the many podcasts hosted on Smith’s network, the idea was born of a strange internet posting, requesting a roommate who would dress in a walrus costume instead of paying rent.

Scott Mosier, friend and co-host of Smith’s podcast, assisted in fleshing out the story line, adding elements of humor to what would eventually become Tusk.

The film is somewhere between raunchy comedy and cheesy horror film, with eloquently written monologues dispersed throughout. The well-written script, completed at record speed, is ironic as lines are poignantly delivered against a background seemingly disjointed from visions on screen.

It is hard to know if the depth displayed in the movie is intentional or merely a by-product of Smith’s humor, but the story does follow closely the thought process started in SModcast 259.

The ability to follow the project from brainstorm and jokes to hashtag votes on whether or not it would be filmed to opening day, is an entirely Smith concept appreciated by his die-hard fans.

Johnny Depp and Justin Long brought brand talent to a movie that might not otherwise attract attention outside of die-hard fans.

A nod to Clerks and plenty of Canada crack ups completed Smith’s signature film style while alluding to a future project for daughter Harley Quinn Smith and her friend, Lily-Rose Melody Depp. Yes, daughter Depp.

If the goo from Dogma did not bother viewers and Zack and Miri made them laugh until they peed, Tusk will not disappoint but be aware, it is a few shades darker than most of Smith’s movies. This film could be just as disturbing as Red State, even if it could not possibly happen in real life, but neither could Clerks II right?