Red State really rubbed me the wrong way upon first viewing, but it was so interesting that I actually sat down and watch it again on that same night. Now, after several viewings, Red State is probably my favorite Kevin Smith effort for most of the reasons people hate it. And Michael Parks is Oscar-worthy in his chilling performance.
A friend of mine told me that he would have wanted to see the pastor and his family suffer for all of the atrocities they comitted. Probably a younger Kevin Smith would have shown us that. No more Star Wars references, relationship issues, dick jokes, and so on; Silent Bob is dead and, although he will be missed, Kevin Smith as an auteur, hopefully, is just getting started.
I like that this was a passion project for Smith. I like that he got the money from fans and friends, however, I simply don't like horror films. Not to say that this is a horror film, it's just got horror elements, and those were the parts that I got bored and tuned out. This is an important film for Smith though. His technique has improved a great deal.
An immature take on the christian right in America and the mishandling of Waco and other assorted crazy sects. Smith is just not up for the task and shows a lack of inspiration and talent in this dud of a picture. Only Michael Parks comes out of this one unscathed. The film lacks even one likable character or person to emphathize with and is just an orgy of violence and ridiculous dialoque. Retirement. Good idea.
oh, kevin smith. well done. i appreciate every scene john goodman is in, and kevin pollak. theyre chemistry together is great. *especially* the scene after john goodman tells the bad guys to come out, and they just kind of sit there for about 30-40 seconds in silence, awaiting their surrender. freaking hilarious. hrm. i think im gonna go watch that right now.