Reviewing my DVD collection: Clerks
It’s pretty tough to review a movie that was made in 1994 for about $30,000, the same way you’d review a movie made in 2008 for $30 million but, for me, Clerks was one of the first Indie films I ever saw and for that holds a special place in my heart.
So for that reason, I overlook most of the film’s community theater-level acting, bad editing and terrible overdubs.
I think every movie-lover sees something of themselves in Clerks and sees something of themselves in its everyman director, Kevin Smith. The film is the ultimate, “Hey, I can do that!” It’s a bunch of friends, some maxed out credit cards and a convenience store. It’s not pretentious, it’s hardly great-looking but the film works for me.
A little crude but never lowest common denominator, the film has a certain sarcastic, acerbic sensibility that makes it tough not to enjoy.