That fever pitch fandom began to dwindle after Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back came out, but it had a few other spikes with Jersey Girl and Clerks II. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back was The Avengers of Kevin Smith films, and it was something unique, fun, and ground breaking at the time. All of the major players from the previous View Askew films came together in a single film that highlighted the one constant throughout the series: Jay and Silent Bob.
Two days ago, I finally sat down and watched Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. All I can say is wow, that was not very good.
It was nice to see all the cameos by my favorite characters, and some came off quite well (Holden from Chasing Amy for example) and some did not (Brodie from Mallrats). Kevin Smith’s meta writing doesn’t hold up well in a world where Rick and Morty exists. The overall story isn’t very good, but then again, neither was Strike Back, but at least Strike Back was entertaining.
With a reboot, I really expected something fresh and edgy. I thought Kevin Smith might update his humor, timing, and bring Jay and Silent Bob up to-date, the way most reboots do. Instead, it’s almost as if he’s regressed and lost touch with his audience. He spent years embracing the View Askew universe, then turning his back on it, and now he’s coming back to it to find that’s it’s just not the same anymore. I’ve said this several times over the past few years, but all the hard pot smoking has killed Kevin’s comedy. He smoke so much pot now, he has no clue that the jokes he writes aren’t funny to us that aren’t stoned and that’s a damn shame, because Kevin was always the everyman nerd, way before that was something cool.
If this was the last I’ve seen of Jay and Silent Bob then I’m okay with that. It’s probably for the best. As much as it pains me to say this, Jay and Silent Bob are something that are better left in the 90’s.