I love Kevin Smith for many reasons. He’s a compelling speaker, seems like an awesome Dad and husband, is from New Jersey, etc. I’ve grown up watching, relating to, and laughing at his movies. So, when he announced his retirement from making movies, it made me sad. Not too sad though since I still had Comic Book Men, Smodcast, and live performances during which I could enjoy all that Kevin Smith shares with us. So, when Kevin Smith started talking about this ridiculous idea for a movie, a horror movie, based on a man obsessed with Walrus’ it was an exciting time. Despite getting out of the movie business, Smith knew that no one would ever make this movie. He knew that if it was going to happen, he would have to do it himself. So here it was, hope that shortly after his departure from film, he would be coming back to give us a movie that could only come from the depths of his own brain.
So, I went to see Tusk last night for its opening. This movie delivered exactly what was promised, as highlighted by podcast audio in the end-credits of Kevin Smith brainstorming how Tusk would end. If you go into this movie expecting your run-of-the-mill standard horror movie, you will be disappointed. This is an absurd comedy horror, and should be viewed as such.
The shining star in this film was Michael Parks. This is considering Johnny Depp’s awesomely obscured performance. Parks engenders this charisma that makes you like him even when he’s being the largest creeper on the planet. Few can master this like him. The movie is worth seeing for his performance alone. That being said, the rest of the cast was strong as well. There was a bit of a conflict in my mind as I wanted to laugh at how ridiculous it all was, but the cast did not miss a beat. The acting was taken seriously and performances delivered were great.
I would definitely recommend watching the movie. It could quite easily be enjoyed at home, as the visual effects are not the main focus. However, if you’re looking for a movie to check out this weekend and just have some fun with, Tusk is a great choice.