I like messed up movies. I won't watch Serbian Film or Human Centipede or The Guinea Pig series and a few others like Zoo and this one about a pig, or slaughtered vomit dolls. But I do love messed up movies. This isn't really scary or messed up, but it made me feel like really bad symptoms, and I turned it off.
Tusk may not be a great film, but it's easily Kevin Smith's finest work when it comes to directing. Long gone are the old KS "point-and-shoot" days; the cinematography, editing choices, and scenery are all satisfyingly eerie, almost in the same vein as Kubrick or Edgar Wright. I'm not saying the film is the same caliber as those two directors, but it's so nice to see Smith actually TRY to make a film visually lovely!
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.
Some laughs, interesting ideas and even poignant moments, but Smith seems to attached to every word in his script and every frame of the movie to want to edit anything out and the repetitive, overlong rambling nature of this movie prevents it from being the offbeat masterpiece that it had the potential to be.
A really fun horror/comedy. For me this is a hard movie to hate or even criticize this movie. It's the kind of film you're either gonna like or dislike, the choice is yours. I was along for the ride; it made me laugh, it disturbed me, it gave me a cinematic experience I won't forget.
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.
This ham and cheese sandwich of a film has two good things going for it: Michael Parks' crazy performance, and the actual walrus costume Justin Long is stuck in (it's genuinely fucking horrifying). Otherwise, there is nothing about this film worth your time (unless you want an answer to the question, 'did Haley Joel Osmont ever act as an adult?')
2 - A piece of work I can only assume (and hope) was meant as a joke. It's not a bad film from a technical standpoint, but every plot decision, every line of dialogue and every musical sting feels like a setup for a joke or for some sort of jolt or squirm that the film is simply too tone-deaf to capitalize on. The exchange between Depp and Michael Parks was the closest I have come in years to turning a film off.