So the “real-time” that it took me to watch this movie was ’til opening day. I purchased the tickets (ok, the wife did), got my drum of soda, sat down and proceeded to watch about 15 minutes of previews for horror movies that i will not see because i don’t like scary movies. So why am I here to watch this “horror” movie? Because it’s the new film “Tusk” by Kevin Smith and somehow I knew i would end up loving this movie.
Quick Back Story: The story is taken from Kevin Smith’s podcast (SModcast #259), Kevin and Scott Mosier pretty much create the plot of the story out of a Canadian story Kevin read about an old man looking to rent out a room in his home in exchange, the renter must for a certain amount of time each day wear Walrus suit and act like a Walrus so the old man can relive a time when he was stranded with a Walrus and befriended him. The movie is about a podcaster, played by Justin Long, who is in search of the weird and the interesting for his show. A failed guest opportunity in Canada takes him to find a lonely old man, played by Michael Parks, with a lot of amazing stories to tell but quickly things take a turn.
Back to the Review: I came to watch this movie because as a fellow podcaster, I love how stories and ideas can come out of conversations and this conversation resurrected the movie making career of Kevin Smith who had just retired from moving making. The film is another Kevin Smith classic but with a horror-ish twist. For those who listen to the SModcast, there any many references to the podcast and to the SModcast universe such as Kevin’s other podcast hosted by Ralph Garman, “Hollywood Babble-On“. It has a lot of inside jokes for the true SModcast fan!
On a Side Note: I am a BIG fan of Ralph Garman starting off with his comedic talent on the Kevin & Bean Morning show on KROQ 106.7FM in L.A. He is a great character actor and i’m sure you’ve seen or heard him in a bunch of movies and TV shows such as.. Red State, A Million Ways To Die in the West, The Joe Schmoe Show, voices on the Family Guy and a bunch more. Check out his iMDb page if you don’t believe me.
Back to the Review: I can babble-on all day about the movie and Kevin and Ralph because i’m a Smod-Geek. Kevin is one of my many inspirations for starting my own podcast and just letting my creativity and “whimsy” fly.
So in Closing: I loved this movie!! The actors were great! Michael Parks, Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez, Ralph Garman.. they all made this movie come to life! Not to mention the writing and directing of Kevin Smith was awesome. I truly enjoyed this film and the fun adventure it took me on. It’s a fun, engaging, at times weird, horror-comedy film and it will make me stay tuned for Kevin’s next feature! “Babble-On” and “Have a week“.
Oh by the way….. GUY LAPOINTE IS MY NEW FAVORITE CHARACTER OF ALL TIME!!! Want to know what i mean? Who is he? What does he do? See the movie!
5/5 speakers (which means it’s great!)
Written by Eduardo Gomez