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Jay And Silent Bob Reboot Blu-ray Review

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“Jay And Silent Bob Reboot” is Kevin Smith’s best film since “Red State.”

After experimenting with different genres, writer/director Kevin Smith returns to the View Askewniverse with “Jay And Silent Bob Reboot.” To make a long story short, Jay and Silent Bob venture to Hollywood (again) to stop a “Bluntman and Chronic” reboot from being completed at Chronic Con for their own personal reasons (no spoilers here). Unable to fly to L.A. as they are on a no fly list, the stoner duo hits the road. Along the way, Jay discovers he has a daughter Milly (who doesn’t know Jay is her dad) who tags along on the trip alongside her friends Soapy, Jihad and Shan Yu who are also conveniently attending Chronic Con as it is Shan Yu’s dream to go before she returns to China (or so we think). 

After making movies for himself, Kevin Smith’s “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot” very much feels like a gift to the fans. It’s a nostalgic cameo fest that brings Smith’s loyal fanbase back to the View Askewniverse. Those with a deep knowledge of Smith’s oeuvre will undoubtedly find much to love here although I’d wager casual viewers might feel lost by all the inside jokes, references, and Smith’s playful pokes at Hollywood, himself, and nepotism. 

As someone who is fond of Smith’s early works, “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot” is an enjoyable enough 105 minute comedy (even if it feels 10 years too late). Sure, the humor is uneven, the middle act drags, and it never reaches the heights of “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back,” but there’s still plenty to admire. Perhaps the most rewarding aspect (especially for longtime Smith fans) is seeing follow-ups to characters from films like “Chasing Amy” and “Mallrats.” I won’t give any spoilers here, but it’s the equivalent of seeing mini-sequels.

In terms of the cast, I won’t go into who all appears as that would spoil the fun, but I will say that Jason Mewes gives the best performance of his career here. He carries the film on his back and gives a heartfelt performance that shows both character growth as well as growth as an actor. Kevin Smith shines in dual roles as both Silent Bob and an exaggerated version of himself while his daughter Harley Quinn Smith continues to showcase her acting chops as Milly.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.39:1 1080p. How does it look? It’s not the most glamorous transfer, but it’s adequate.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The 5.1 track does the job.

Extras:
* Digital copy
* Lionsgate trailers
* “Cast Interviews”- 58 minutes of interviews with Kevin Smith, Ralph Garman, and, well, basically everyone about the titular characters and their legacy, Smith himself, set experiences, and much more. Behind-the-scenes footage is also included.
* “Kevin And Jay Interview Cast And Crew”- The title of this half-hour extra says it all. Interviewees include Rosario Dawson, Brian Quinn, Shannon Elizabeth among others.
* 9 ½ minutes of amusing bloopers.
* “Hair Reel”- A quick behind-the-scenes hair styling video during the shoot. 

January 22, 2020 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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