Kevin Smith says Jay and Silent Bob Reboot is his version of Avengers: Endgame. The highly anticipated reboot almost didn't get made. Smith had a pretty heavy heh scare and made some major life changes in order to get to where he is today. With that being said, he dove straight into writing the movie and contacting old friends for cameos, which had to be a massive undertaking all by itself. The director had many actors return to play characters we haven't seen in years.
There are the obvious nods to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Jay & Silent Bob Reboot. Kevin Smith gets into the Iron Bob suit, which is an homage to Tony Stark's Iron Man armor and the God of Thunder himself, Chris Hemsworth, makes a cameo. But there's a lot more to the Avengers: Endgame comparisons than that. Smith explains.
"Adam Goldberg [creator of The Goldbergs]... when he watched it, he was like 'This is like your [ Avengers: Endgame].' Like, we brought everybody from the bench out and stuff. Yeah, kinda like Endgame. If you just sat down and watched Endgame for the first time and never watched a Marvel movie before maybe one, you might be like 'What the f**k is going on?' Same thing with Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. If you've never seen... any of the stuff I've made, some of the jokes might be lost on you."
Jay & Silent Bob Reboot brought the Askewniverse franchise back in a major way. Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and Clerks II are all referenced in the movie. Characters from all of those projects and a ton of new ones are all present, creating something new, that is at the same time familiar as a work that only Kevin Smith can create.
Kevin Smith is continuing to work as he practices self-isolation. He has already revealed that he is putting the final touches on Mallrats 2 and Clerks 3, which Smith fans can't wait for. With the unorthodox success of Jay & Silent Bob Reboot, the writer/director is in a good position to put out each sequel. Smith will more than likely have the choice of using the traditional Hollywood release system or just do his own thing again.
Speaking of the Jay & Silent Bob Reboot box office success, it was able to take a record from Avengers: Endgame, which is currently the highest grossing movie of all time. According to a recent report, the movie earned $93,520 from one theater, which is pretty astounding and places the movie at the top of 2019 for said record. In fact, the release was able to pull a $60,000 per-theater average four times over the course of its unorthodox theater run. Not bad for a Kevin Smith movie. You can check out the Jay & Silent Bob Reboot and Avengers: Endgame comparisons below, thanks to Kevin Smith's Facebook account.
Kevin Smith‘s recent movie, Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video. It’s also on Blu-ray and digital. But none of those versions of the film come with a commentary track. So Smith, good egg that he is, decided to record one and upload it to YouTube for fans. It’s totally free, too – you don’t have to plunk down extra money or anything like that. Just turn the movie on, fire up YouTube, and you’re ready to go.
Jay and Silent Bob Reboot Commentary Track
Commentary tracks can be a valuable resource. A good commentary track can almost act like a mini film school, cluing you into how filmmakers put their films together. Sadly, they’re in short supply these days. Most studios are fine with not shelling out the time and money to get a track recorded, and that’s a bummer. The recent home media release of Jay and Silent Bob Reboot came commentary-free, but Kevin Smith decided to use this quarantine time to record one.
I haven’t seen Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, and based on the footage I’ve seen, I probably never will. I was a huge Smith fan when I was a teenager, but as I got older I kind of fell out of love with his flicks. And his more recent output – stuff like Tusk and Yoga Hosers – has been kind of dire. In short, he’s just not for me anymore. Despite all that, he seems like a genuinely good guy – and he’s an artist who works hard to reach out to his fanbase. That’s something admirable, and I salute him for it.
In Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, “Jay and Silent Bob embark on a cross-country mission to stop Hollywood from filming a reboot based on them.” Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith are back reprising their now-iconic roles, and the cast includes plenty of familiar faces: Ben Affleck, Shannon Elizabeth, Chris Hemsworth, Jason Lee, Justin Long, and more.
As I mentioned above, you don’t even have to purchase Jay and Silent Bob Reboot to enjoy this commentary track. If you have Amazon Prime Video you can find the movie streaming there right now. So go forth and enjoy, and, uh, snoochie boochies, I guess.
Edgar Wright already has a new project lined-up to follow his upcoming Last Night in Soho. The Shaun of the Dead filmmaker is attached to direct Set My Heart to Five, about a human-like robot on an emotional awakening. Working Title Films, Focus Features, and Compete Fiction Picture have teamed on the project, with the novel’s author Simon Stephenson set to pen the script.
Deadline has the scoop on Set My Heart to Five, a new Edgar Wright movie based on the upcoming book from Simon Stephenson. Here’s a very detailed synopsis of the book:
Jared works as a dentist in small-town Michigan. His life is totally normal, except for one thing. He is a bot engineered with human DNA to look and act like a real person.
One day at a screening of a classic movie, Jared feels a strange sensation around his eyes. Everyone knows that bots can’t feel emotions, but as the theater lights come on, Jared is almost certain he’s crying. Confused, he decides to watch more old movies to figure out what’s happening. The process leads to an emotional awakening that upends his existence. Jared, it turns out, can feel.
Overcome with a full range of emotions, and facing an imminent reset, Jared heads west, determined to forge real connections. He yearns to find his mother, the programmer who created him. He dreams of writing a screenplay that will change the world. Along the way, he might even fall in love. But a bot with feelings is a dangerous proposition, and Jared’s new life could come to an end before it truly begins.
The Deadline story adds more: “The story is said to take place in an all-too human 2054 and introduces Jared, an android who undergoes an emotional awakening and embarks on a quest to convince humans that he and his kind should be permitted to feel. It’s a quest, sparked in part by Jared’s introduction to 80’s and 90’s movies, that leads to an unforgettable adventure across the West Coast of America, after he determines to write a film script that will change the world.”
This actually sounds like perfect material for Wright while also sounding a bit like the terrible Robin Williams movie Bicentennial Man. Wright’s last film was 2017’s Baby Driver, and up next he has Last Night in Soho, a psychological thriller currently set for a September 25, 2020 release that could always change though, what with the way the coronavirus is delaying movie releases lately.
I’m a huge fan of Wright’s work – I like all of his movies except Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and I know mine is the minority opinion on that – so I’m always excited for something new from him. Here’s hoping we learn more about this project soon.