Kevin Smith’s Red State, which will debut at Sundance next month, now has a trailer. The good news is: It doesn’t look like anything that Kevin Smith has ever made before. The bad news: It doesn’t look like anything Kevin Smith has ever done before.
Truthfully, I’m not sure what to make of it. It looks a little cheap, but then again, it was a cheap movie. But it also has a nice creepy vibe to it, and I’m somewhat convinced that John Goodman wouldn’t do a movie he didn’t have a little faith in. I mean: It’s not like he was doing Red State for the money, right? And if it’s not for the money, it has to be for the art, right? It’s logic. If you think that Goodman is a good judge of substance, it follows that Red State might be a decent movie. The other thing is: Melissa Leo is in it. Melissa Leo can make any movie good. She is a goddamn force, people. It’s not impossible, but it’d be hard to fuck up a movie with John Goodman, Melissa Leo, and Stephen Root, and a villain — a Fred Phelps type — that we’d love to hate.
(Note: This is not from the official site, because Kevin Smith’s official trailer has a weird laugh introducing the trailer, which completely ruins the mood).
Here’s a fun little irony, though: Normally, I pay to see the movies I review because I think it makes me a more honest critic; if you get something for free, my belief is that you’d be more lenient or you’d feel a tiny obligation to the people who afforded you the free viewing (that’s a personal thing because I have a guilt complex, which I understand most critics — like Prisco, clearly — are missing). Kevin Smith feels the opposite: He thinks if you get it for free, you’re more likely to shit on it, which is why he wants critics to pay to see his movies (a logic confounds me). We have a similar belief for different reasons. But, Red State is opening at Sundance, where all the major critics — and myself — are going to see it for free, which pretty much blows up in both of our faces.
So it goes.