19 May 2012 | Michael_Elliott
Red State On the Road
Kevin Smith: Burn in Hell (2012)
*** (out of 4)
This Q&A session with Kevin Smith was recorded on his tour for RED STATE so the majority of the conversation relates to that controversial movie. If you're familiar with Smith then you know all about his tours where he basically gives back to his fans by answering their questions and that's what we've got here. The event kicks off with a 12-year-old girl asking about what Batman villain he'd use if he got to make a movie in the series. This here leads to Smith talking about the current trilogy and then we get into other topics like critics, COP OUT and being true to your art. The majority of the running time deals with RED STATE and the Westboro Baptist Church and their leaders. This is where Smith really goes off in regards to his feelings on the family and especially after they started to protest the movie. He tells a funny story about the family coming to one of the RED STATE showings but leaving early. Overall if you're a fan of Smith then you should enjoy this film even if it's not quite as good as some of the earlier ones. I'd say there's very little in terms of quality in regards to the way it was shot but this here isn't too distracting. I think at times the conversation reaches a point that isn't too interesting but thankfully this doesn't happen often. The most interesting thing is that the best moment doesn't deal with comedy but instead it's the story Smith tells about his father's death. The entire story comes off incredibly touching and especially the way Smith sums up his father.