Another film I finally got around to seeing was Kevin Smith’s Red State. I’m sure everyone knows by now that I’m a huge Kevin Smith fan, yet this one slipped through my fingers when it was released. I had lost my job and couldn’t really justify purchases when it came out on DVD and Blu-ray - so I just watched it this past weekend. It was also really good.
It was great to see Kevin Smith do something different. I have to admit that it definitely had a unique sense of cinematography - much different than the other films that he had done in the past. I remember thinking when I saw Zack and Miri that it was really surprising to see how far he had come in an actual directing style, and Red State takes that up a notch and even further. The almost complete lack of comedy really helped make this film stand out against everything he’s done in the past. Sure, it was still lewd and crude at times and was dialogue intense (as it is Smith’s strong suit and style), but it was breath of fresh air.
It’s hard not to comment on the “religious” aspect of the film as the premise centers around a parody of the Phelps family and the Westboro Baptist Church. The entire film is about religious extremists and the incredible lengths these people will go to for their religion. I won’t comment or go off on a tangent about my opinions on the subject other than to say that it’s absurd and the film does paint a very telling representation of these types of people.
I would highly recommend this film to anyone who is interested in something that hangs on the edge of “horror” or appreciates Kevin Smith films. It’s nice not to hear a “snoochie boochies” throughout a film for once and for an independently produced and advertised film I think he did a great job.