Jay and Silent Bob Reboot (2019)


“I used to think life was all about me. I was the hero of my own story, a Bruce Wayne of one lifelong issue of Detective Comics, so for speak. And then that kid came along and suddenly you realize you’re not Bruce Wayne anymore. You’re Thomas Wayne. Or Bruce Wayne’s mom, whose name escapes me.” – Holden McNeil

Number of Times Seen – 1 (29 Jun 2020)

Brief Synopsis – Jay and Silent Bob must travel to Hollywood in order to stop a reboot of the Chronic and Bluntman movie.

My Take on it – I have been a fan of Kevin Smith films, (within the View Askew Universe films in particular) for a long time and this is a great way to revisit so many of the iconic characters from these films once again.

The film does a wonderful job of meeting up with so many of the characters made famous by their appearances in the Smith films of the 90’s and early part of the 21st Century.

This movie also has the distinction of being able to make so much fun of the movie related ideas of Remakes, Reboots and of course sequels and they do it so well throughout.

This film is so much fun to watch and even after so many years it’s great to see Jay and Silent Bob once again.

They find a way to show that these characters have found a way to evolve over the years in certain aspects of their personalities, but others are just the very same.

The story finds points that are quite meaningful in their outlook on life and that adds so much to this kind of story line.

The way that some of the characters are forced to look at their life and in certain ways re-evaluate what they have done and said before hand helps show that Smith himself has changed over the years in his own outlook on things which says so much about the direction he could be taking from here.

Bottom Line – Hilarious film that works so well especially for those already familiar with the View Askew Universe characters. This gives us a very nostalgic view and reunion of so many of the characters from the films that Kevin Smith wrote and directed in the 90’s and the beginning of the new Century. Love how they make fun of the movie ideas of reboot, remake and sequel in a very enjoyable way. Even after so many years, it’s great seeing Jay and Silent Bob show that in certain ways they have evolved over the years and in others, they are still the same. The story is more meaningful than many of the other films in the series because it allows some of these characters to look back at the way their lives have been changed in the intervening years. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This is the first collaboration between Kevin Smith and Ben Affleck since Clerks II (2006). They had a falling out which lasted almost a decade, with Smith confessing that he “has a big mouth and told too many candid stories that sometimes weren’t his to tell”. In early 2019, Affleck was interviewed for Triple Frontier (2019) where he indicated that he had not been contacted for Jay and Silent Bob Reboot (2019), but would be available. Smith subsequently reached out to Affleck, and stated that their reunion was “emotional” and “brought back a massive missing piece of my heart”. He wrote Affleck’s part (a reprise of his Holden McNeil role from Chasing Amy (1997)) into the movie one week before the end of production, with the scene shot on the very last day. Smith called the scene “one of the best bits of cinema I’ve ever been involved with: it’s absolutely magical and life-affirming and all the things I really care about now, post-heart attack.” (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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2 thoughts on “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot (2019)

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  2. Mr O and I watched this recently because we’re also View Askew fans. It was fun. I feel like if you’d not been immersed in that universe before you would have no idea what was going on.

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