What I loved most about Clerks. is how edgy it is for the very first film from Kevin Smith. The dialogue is sharp and witty, making me crack up at the silliness from beginning to end. The film also has what I like to call "Seinfeld syndrome" -- nothing really happens, yet it is supremely entertaining nonetheless. The characters are also memorable, and Smith's Silent Bob has a storied cinematic history. Go see this.
Clerk's writing is simple but it completely works. The dialogues are awesome and they just run smoothly. The characters are hilarious and awesomely written. The roles are adequately played and performed, matching up with the movie's atmosphere. Clerks is a relaxing, comedy, which we easily fall in love with. As this was only the second Kevin Smith's movie I have watched, I will now try to give his filmmaking a go.
This is one of those movies that thematically and stylistically has become such a part of our entertainment lexicon that what was once fresh and exciting can feel boring and over-done, even though it was done here first. It's hard to look back on and understand why it was such a big deal. Nevertheless, I think I caught a glimpse.
Meh. I get that this was very influential and whatnot, but sometimes watching a Kevin Smith movie just feels like verbal masturbation. Everyone talks at the same pace, and says the same things in the same quippy, smug voice. Also, why is everyone Canadian? Overall, I can tell when watching that this was made for people who want to quote it to their friends. Not bad, not as great as everyone says.