Dante and Randal are back in action for the first time since 2001's Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, and I appreciate how the trailer picks up visually where Clerks left off (in drab black-and-white; at the NJ convenience store), and then goes whole hog into glorious color for the stuff at Mooby's, the fictional burger joint of the View Askewniverse.
Keep your eyes peeled and you'll see My Name is Earl stars Jason Lee, and Ethan Suplee, as well as Mrs. Kevin Smith herself, the lovely Jennifer Schwalbach. Rosario Dawson looks to be the major guest star this time around. A good choice if you ask me. She totally redeemed Alexander, and was great - a revelation - in Rent.
I know some of the anti-Kevin Smith forces out there are ragging on the director for doing a sequel to Clerks, but personally, I think it's a great idea. Those characters still have something to say, and even over a decade later, Clerks is still a very funny and relevant movie. I mean, it's not like Smith went and spent 200 million dollars on a vanity project, right? More like he's returning to his roots after Jersey Girl, which, perhaps, wasn't what it could have been.
But then again, I tend to think that a brand of fan boys get a bit jealous over Smith because he's one of the bunch who's made good, where many...just haven't. These guys are envious, because they all think it's easy to make a movie, write a comic-book or the like, and thus sit around wondering why they haven't been plucked from obscurity for such fame. It's kind of the Wesley Crusher syndrome. (Why does he get to save the Enterprise?).
I wrote a book about Smith, obviously (An Askew View: The Films of Kevin Smith), but I have a rule that I only write books about filmmakers I really have a passion for, and Smith certainly fits the bill. I still argue Chasing Amy is a great film (and the perfect '90s movie), and I'd like to see the director tackle The Green Hornet after this.