Jay (Jason Mewes) and his long-life best friend Silent Bob (Kevin Smith) are back! After getting arrested for doing what they do best (mostly smoking weed), Jay and Silent Bob find themselves detained and required to attend a court hearing. During this court session, the two discover that the famous comic characters they once created, “Bluntman and Chronic”, are going to be rebooted. To make matters worse, Jay and Silent Bob can no longer use their very own names, as the names have become trademarked.
In frustration and outrage, the two decide to go on a road trip to try and stop this new reboot from ever happening and reclaim their names back. Naturally, Jay and Silent Bob will interact with many characters, including some familiar ones we have seen from their previous journeys along the way (these include characters from other Kevin Smith films such as Dogma, Clerks, Chasing Amy etc.).
For those who are not aware, this film is best enjoyed by Kevin Smith fans and also those who generally love the characters, Jay & Silent Bob. Unless you are familiar with the two leads, a newcomer to this series might find some of the jokes and callbacks to previous films slightly unfamiliar or even out of place. There are also many jokes and references to pop culture in this film which I felt was fun. General jokes about Marvel and DC, or even jokes about the current state of cinema today and how many movies nowadays are full of reboots was also a nice touch of humour.
I have seen all the Kevin Smith films, but I could not call myself a die-hard fan. I will admit to saying the director is very hit and miss for me. As a film, Jay & Silent Bob Reboot feels more like a celebration of the cast and crew and also a party based on the achievements of the director himself. Throughout the film, I was surprised to see the number of well-known actors who featured in this film. Actors such as Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Val Kilmer, Melissa Benoist, and Chris Hemsworth are just some of the actors who appear ever so randomly in this feature.
As a film, I did find myself having a few chuckles, but sadly, some jokes didn’t quite land a laugh from me. There were some scenes which felt either out of place or dragged on far too long. The third act of this film I found rather challenging to watch, mostly because the plot became way over the top and pointless. Kevin Smith appearing as himself during this film also did not work for me and felt forced.
Overall, fans of Jay and Silent Bob will generally know what to expect from this film- random one-liners, celebrity cameos and many references to Kevin Smith’s previous films. There are moments I found humorous mostly because this film is just so random, but there are some jokes that didn’t work for me, and the third act was also a struggle. No matter what I think, fans will rejoice to see these two guys once more on the big screen and enjoy a good laugh.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden