Clerks arrived and we started our Kevin Smitheron by watching it this evening. It plays a little more like an extended sketch show than a movie, with varying parts of the day as individual sketches linked through some overall theme.
It’s certainly entertaining, and amusing, but it wasn’t belly laughing funny. There are clear moments where the actor’s either forget their lines, or stumble over their lines or just plainly adlib which give the movie a real ‘college project’ feel, but then considering the cost and the background it’s not surprising. There are real moments of pure quality cinema as well, with two-character sparring dialog that reminds me of Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction in a lot of ways (both 1994).
In general, I enjoyed it. I’m not sure it’s going to be a cult classic in this house, and we enjoyed Clerks II more (and that despite having never seen the first one), but maybe if we watch it a few more times we’ll get more into the swing and enjoy what’s going on around the image.