Although we’re a long way here from the View Askewniverse of Red Bank, New Jersey, “Tusk” runs thick with the director’s house blend of highbrow literary references, lowbrow bathroom humor and fast-food fetishism. As in “Red State,” Smith opts for a sleek widescreen look (courtesy of d.p. James Laxton), with far more attention paid to framing and fluid, motivated camera movements than on his rough-hewn early features. Makeup designer Robert Kurtzman’s impressively transformative practical effects are virtually a co-star unto themselves.
-From Variety’s review of Kevin Smith’s “Tusk”
We wanted to see this before, but now we REALLY want to see it. BRING IT! Any guesses on the mystery actor mentioned? Ben Affleck? Matt Damon? Johnny Depp? We did find out Quentin Tarantino was Kevin Smith’s first choice to play Guy LaPointe, but he turned it down, saying he “wasn’t doing much acting these days”. We’re off to scour the internet, because we doubt we can wait under September 19th!* Click “View Original” in the lower left to read Variety’s entire review by Scott Foundas, Chief Film Critic for Variety.
*We found out, but gee, we
‘d hate to spoil it for you! caved and posted it shortly after this.