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I ALWAYS TRY TO AVOID SPOILERS.
“Man is the most dangerous animal.” I dunno, I had a pretty
bastard hard pet rabbit called Buster when I was a kid. But then,
Watership Down... Man it is.
Also, I love Tusk's
An annoying podcast personality (Justin Long) travels to Canada,
where he has to improvise for a story after his planned scoop
expires. He meets a very strange old man, with a love of the sea.
“Never say Hitler in an airport.”
is directed by the inimitable, and lucky
to still be alive, Kevin Smith. The man behind Mallrats, Dogma
and Jay and Silent Bob (Smith plays Bob). He's become a bit of an
American Michael Winterbottom of late, trying his hand at different
genres, mixing it up, messing with the playbook* and achieving some
success. Though not total. Tusk has a 5.4 IMDb rating, but I don't go
in for that, I loved the premise and wanted to see it. Smith's Red
State is well worth a watch, too.
cast is on good form, Justin Long is convincing as thrush: an
irritating cunt. Haley Joel Osmond shows up to remind us he's still
alive and not as cute, though like Long, actually pretty funny.
Johnny Depp shows up trying out a convincing French Canadian accent.
But Michael Parks is the show stealer. Is Michael Parks ever not
good? He's again brilliant in Tusk as a lonely soul, who in Long's
Wallace meets a man who has changed without knowing it. Wallace has
been slowly isolating himself, but when he meets a truly isolated man
things get worse.
film is creepy as all living hell, and simultaneously an actual living
hell for the characters. Tusk is not always an easy watch, and is
very "out there". There are moments of comedy and some good dialogue
scenes, but the horror is stand out. When you let someone with as
dark a sense of humour as Kevin Smith take on the horror genre, it
was always going to have absurd leanings. The common saying “you
couldn't make it up”, was proved to be bullshit long before Boris
Johnson's very existence, let alone achievement, made mockery of it.
Tusk saw BoJo, and raised it. It
goes from mad, to bonkers, sails past the Tory administration,
without dismantling the NHS, and ends up being crazy, confused and
A lot of Tusk is about relationship dynamics and intimacy, but an awful lot of it is about grossing you out, too. It is not a film without a soul, Smith cares about his characters, that
is obvious; and for me makes the film.
it? A second viewing loses the
shock, and the shock is a big plus for the story, but the horror,
humour and sheer originality remain. It's not on Netflix but you can
pick the Blu Ray or DVD up pretty cheap now. I really enjoyed it.
JAWS SOUNDS LIKE THE GREATEST FILM EVER! But then so did