Director: Kevin Smith
Cast: Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith, Shannon Elizabeth
Release Date: January 21, 2020
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 8/10
Disc Rating: 8/10
The stoner icons who first hit the screen 25 years ago in Clerks are back, bringing high times and hilarity in the newest star-studded adventure from Kevin Smith’s legendary franchise. When Jay and Silent Bob discover that Hollywood is rebooting an old movie based on them, it’s game on, as the clueless duo embark on another cross-country mission to stop the madness all over again! With all-star cameos from Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Chris Hemsworth, Rosario Dawson, Melissa Benoist, Joe Manganiello, Molly Shannon, and more, this is the kickass comedy reboot you’ve been waiting for.
Everyone’s favorite duo of lovable, clueless stoners is back in ‘Jay and Silent Bob Reboot’ which finds Jay (Mewes) and his hetero life-mate Silent Bob (Smith) once again headed to Hollywood with a mission to stop a film about them from being made. After the pair accidently signs away the rights to their names and livelihoods and discovers that a new Bluntman and Chronic reboot (naturally titled Bluntman v Chronic) is in the works, Jay and Bob find their way to Hollywood and into a legendary convention dedicated to their comic alter-egos in order to find the stars involved and put a stop to the reboot one way or another, while also tackling some unexpected revelations and monumental life events along the way.
Written and directed once again by Kevin Smith (Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Clerks), Smith does a great job back at the helm of ‘Jay and Silent Bob Reboot’ smoothly guiding along the hilarious fun throughout and picking at everything from the film industry itself to his own filmography and career. The film features a cast littered with noteworthy camos and fun appearances as well as numerous returning individuals from the previous Jay and Bob adventures over the years and includes Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith (Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back) reprising the titular roles, along with Shannon Elizabeth (Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, American Pie), Harley Quinn Smith (Yoga Hosers, Once Upon A Time… in Hollywood), Justin Long (Tusk, Live Free or Die Hard), Jason Lee (Mallrats, TV’s My Name Is Earl) and many more who each deliver fittingly goofy and amusing performances overall in each of their respective roles.
‘Jay and Silent Bob Reboot’ is a star-studded and laugh filled return to mostly familiar territory from filmmaker Kevin Smith. With nothing off the table when it comes to poking fun at the world around us and the movie industry itself, it even goes so far as to have our leads repeatedly put down and badmouth Kevin Smith’s work as a filmmaker, with Smith additionally appearing both as Silent Bob and himself here which should dissuade anyone from saying that any of the other jokes and comments within are even remotely personal or intentionally nasty. Delving into the differences between reboots and remakes while naturally unable to resist deconstructing the state of Hollywood filmmaking today, it’s a goofy, over the top and meta laugh riot that long-time lovers of Jay and Bob should love. Casual viewers that aren’t intimately (or at all) familiar with the majority of the films it builds off of may find themselves more confused than amused at times, yet longtime fans of Jay and Silent Bob as well as the various films they’ve appeared in and grown (in their own way) throughout the previous 25 years should find a great deal to appreciate about ‘Jay and Silent Bob Reboot’. Serving up references and returning characters from those various efforts left and right and even managing to deliver some truly rewarding and even touching (yes, seriously) moments brimming with heart, along with inside jokes and fun nods galore around every turn. I can’t urge fellow fans of Kevin Smith’s work over the years strongly enough to make a definite point of checking out ‘Jay and Silent Bob Reboot’ at your earliest convenience if you missed it during its limited theatrical run.
Overall, ‘Jay and Silent Bob Reboot’ is a hilarious and take-no-prisoners comedy that brings back our favorite pair of stoner goofballs and sends them on another amusing adventure, this time to save their names, while cleverly deconstructing and lampooning everything from the movie industry to the filmmaker himself along the way. ‘Jay and Silent Bob Reboot’ is definitely highly recommended for fans of filmmaker Kevin Smith’s work over the last twenty five years, and longtime fans of the Jay and Silent Bob characters in particular won’t even want to consider missing out on this hilarious and incredibly fun new ride with the lovable pair. Those diehard fans also shouldn’t find themselves at all disappointed if dropping the money on a blind purchase of the Blu-ray release, and it should at least be worth the price of a rental for the more casual fans.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Jay and Silent Bob Reboot’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 2.39:1 Cinemascope Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks pretty fantastic altogether and offers a sharp, richly detailed presentation from start to finish with no notable faults or problems to be uncovered along the way. It holds up rather impressively even during the darkly lit and heavily populated sequences, never resulting in anything onscreen becoming overly affected, let alone rendered indiscernible. Overall, this is a generally great high definition video presentation from Lionsgate that should more than please the majority of fans.
The Blu-ray release features a 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. This multichannel soundtrack provides a clean, crisp and complimentary audio presentation throughout. While not always excessively active in the surround department, it certainly takes advantage of all five available channels whenever appropriate, sending music, bits of dialogue and other elements throughout the various speakers including notable crowd activity in some specific sequences, while never conflicting with any dialogue or other audio elements that might be occurring simultaneously. Overall, this is a solid 5.1 DTS-HD MA soundtrack that more than delivers in every way required of it and shouldn’t disappoint.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Jay and Silent Bob Reboot’ includes a few great extras that fellow fans should thoroughly enjoy. Included on the release are ‘Cast Interviews’ which also features tons of behind the scenes footage and fun tidbits (running approximately 59 minutes in length), along with ‘Kevin and Jay Interview the Cast and Crew’ (running approximately 30 minutes). We are also treated to some amusing ‘Bloopers’ (approximately 9 minutes) and a funny ‘Hair Reel’ (2 minutes).