Kevin Smith brings his comedic chops to a disturbing new milieu in this Canuck-baiting chiller about a popular podcast host who descends into straight-up madness when he heads north of the 49th parallel.
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A shade too long, tonally confused & distracted, Tusk is nonetheless Kevin Smith at his zaniest & most creative; a fully-baked spoof of The Human Centipede that reminds the audience of his one-of-a-kind approach to character-based storytelling & perhaps his most sophisticated work of cinema to date. The villain in particular is brilliantly-realised; his dialog at once darkly comic, insightful, anguished, sympathetic.
Despite this being an objectively bad movie, I didn't *hate* it. It was just sort of... boring. No fault of the guy who wrote the hilarious fake ad that inspired the film in the first place; that was the good part. But, filtered through wherever Kevin Smith's at these days, it came out unfunny and empty and flat. Formulaic gags, obnoxious characters, self-indulgent dialogue... Just tiresome. A waste all around.
Ever been really stoned and you and your friends come up with a great idea for a movie and say 'Hey man like we should totally make that movie'? Well this is what happens. Based on a bloody podcast this meld of backwoods bizarreness and 'Human Centipede' body horror with a dash of Canadian bashing clichés is an awful mess. Smith's career continues to spiral down mind you Depp's cameo has to be seen to be believed.
Most assuredly an improvement over "Red State." Here, Kevin Smith seems to find a more natural blend of horror and comedy, with the scales tipping towards comedy. It must be said that "Tusk" reaches its peak whenever Justin Long and Michael Parks are sharing the screen together. A late arrival from Johnny Depp is mostly unwelcome since Depp gives one of the most miscalculated and tone deaf performances of his career.
Walks the line between horrendous and genius. As a long time hater of Smith's work, admitting this was entertaining is painful. The production itself was pretty slick, with a chillingly good performance from Parks. Long irritates, but is supposed to, while the remaining cast is mostly a bore - other than Depp's Québecer gumshoe. I know people hated his performance, but his "bouchering of de men" line had me sold.
Does anyone still have a crush on Depp's delusional acting? To me, Tusk loses its surreal and interesting aura when Depp's character enters the screen with a Wes-Anderson-Gone-Bad persona and the delicacy of a walrus. Too bad that in this exact moment humor becomes a desperate try. It was a really cool idea that turned out to be as memorable as nothing. In this film, the true horror is watching it untill the end.
This is one of the most disturbing films I have ever seen and is an interesting piece from Kevin Smith. Say what you will about Silent Bob but he is full of surprises. I have to admit this film leaves a bad taste in my mouth but I like it nonetheless.