After the disastrously unfunny Cop Out and the subsequent hullabaloo Kevin Smith started with critics of his movie, he’s been fairly quiet where it concerns critical reception of Cop Out (save for a couple of passive aggressive tweets when Cop Out came out on DVD and debuted at number one on the rental and sales charts. Seriously, though, Mr. Smith: You should know more than anyone not to equate popularity with quality). He probably would never admit it, but my guess is that the critical reception to Cop Out probably hurt the guy’s feelings (and pride) a little, what with the critical community mostly backing him for all these years. You have to wonder if that $50 million movie was worth the hit to his indie reputation. I won’t speak for Mr. Smith, but I think the defensive posturing he took with regard to the critical reception of Cop Out spoke louder than his Tweets. Honestly, I think he’s much more comfortable in the independent world, where he’s allowed to inject a little thoughtfulness into his crassness.
But what do I know?
But if he is trying to get back in our good graces, he couldn’t have done much better than casting Melissa Leo (Frozen River, “Treme”) in his upcoming low-budget horror film, Red State, which envisions a Fred Phelps type as a horror movie villain. And in addition to bashing Mr. Phelps, Kevin also gets bonus points for casting Stephen Root, who should be cast in every film ever made and lots of movies that never are. The Wrap also reports that Dermot Mulroney, Kyle Gallner, Michael Angarano are also on board. I have nothing against any of those guys, except maybe Gallner, who is kind of a one-note horror movie victim (Nightmare on Elm Street, Haunting in Connecticut). But then again, I’ll always reserve a little hate in my heart for Beaver Casablancas for what he did to Veronica Mars. That bastard.
Anyway, it’s a very positive beginning to what we can all hope is a return to Kevin Smith form, or at least for those of us who like Kevin Smiths’ form.