Finally caught up with Kevin Smith’s Red State tonight, and I’m glad I did. The film, a bloody political thriller about violent fundamentalists, is certainly a departure from Smith’s other films, but I think it will cozily join Dogma and the Clerks films on my list of Smith essentials.
It has the sharp dialogue and R-rated humor you expect from Smith, while spinning a timely (and shocking) yarn about two men dealing in extremes: Michael Parks’ ultra-conservative and murderous pastor and John Goodmans’ trigger happy ATF agent. It tells a solid story, does it with great style and gets out before it overstays its welcome. I know this one has been divisive, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.