★★★★★ – “A worthy sequel to a classic.”
Clerks II is written & directed by Kevin Smith and stars Brian O’Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith, Trevor Fehrman and Rosario Dawson.
A calamity at Dante and Randal’s stores sends them looking for new horizons – but they ultimately settle at the fast food empire, Mooby’s.
Following the incredible success of the 1994 classic Clerks, Smith returns to write and direct a sequel that holds on to all of the things we loved about the original. Delivering more pointless conversations about movies, women and their mundane lives. Nothing has changed but the setting, we still experience a day in the life of our characters.
What’s so great about this sequel is that it stays true to the original in such a way that feels perfectly seamless. The budget may be higher but this doesn’t interfere, it kicks off in black-and-white and cross fades into colour, starting up a new chapter in the series.
All of the main actors return, O’Halloran and Anderson grabbing my attention yet again, with a beautifully written script by Smith. Introducing Fehrman as Elias who was ridiculously fun to watch, especially as he tries to connect with Randal. He added a nice dynamic to the movie and I really liked his character.
I greatly respect Kevin Smith for his realness in writing and directing, his love for comics, and almost anything else the guy touches. Even though he’s earned major success, he still stays grounded in his storytelling.
Dante and Randal have many great moments in this movie, but one of the best scenes they share is in the final act. It’s sad and bittersweet, but ultimately ties the two movies together tightly. It almost serves as a service to the fans, but doesn’t feel cheap or tacky.
The only thing I felt lacked was the nerdy discussions. These became one of the highlights for me when looking back on the first movie, so I was hoping for a little more of that, However, I was thoroughly entertained when these discussions took place. The hilariously spot-on comparison of the Star Wars and Lord of the Rings trilogies was simply genius.
Clerks and Clerks II were an absolute hit with fans and critics alike, thus I have very high hopes for the third and final instalment in this trilogy. Clerks III, due for a 2018 release, gives me plenty of time to prepare myself and re-watch these classics a few more times. Of course, showing some love for the other movies in the View Askewniverse including Mallrats and Dogma, also.
Verdict; Clerks II is a worthy sequel and will not disappoint any fan of the original classic. A wonderfully written script by Smith welcomes you back to the store that assures you they’re open.
Clerks II – ★★★★★ (8/10)