Kevin Smith’s new movie Red State debuted tonight at the Sundance Film Festival, and our own Katey Rich was there to witness not only the film but the wild hoopla that’s sprung up around it. The movie is a horror film in which a group of misfits encounter extreme, fundamentalists Christians in middle America. The fundamentalists involved are, in a way, based on the now infamous Westboro Baptist Church, a group dedicated to hating just about anything and everything. They were there, of course, waving protest signs before the screening and we’ll have a full report on the film and all the events surrounding it from Katey soon on our Sundance feed.
For now, while Katey fights her way to a decent wi-fi connection, here’s the short, instant reaction she just texted into Cinema Blend headquarters moments ago: “Messy, overwritten, visually stylish, but kind of a bore. More like Kevin Smith than it looks because nobody ever stops talking. And it’s not a horror movie by any usual definition. More like teen horror movie morphs into Waco disaster. Melissa Leo overacts, Michael Parks is impressive as Fred Phelps figure but the character’s meaning and purpose in the narrative (or lack thereof) is fuzzy.”
UPDATE! Katey's full review of Red State is now available right here.
Here’s a few other reactions as they exploded out onto the internet through Twitter.
@kateyrich RED STATE: nah. Action and bloodshed as generic as it comes, typical talky Kevin Smith dialogue kills all tension and energy.
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