on 20 November 2002
The book claims to be "the first ever comprehensive study and behind-the-scenes look at [Smith's] work". This much is true. The book contains with many people involved with the making of Smith's films - both cast and crew.
Including detailed chapters which study the making process of Smith's first five films - Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back - commonly known as the 'New Jersey Chronicles'. Muir mixes interviews with cast/crew, extracts from contemporary articles, and his own intelligent commentary to help view Smith's films in a more 'academic' light.
Each chapter also features a section based on the films meanings, and how far Smith's ability as an auteur has evolved over the course of his career.
I found this book really interesting, and it certainly provided some new ideas and insights into Smith's films for me. I considered myself fairly knowledgeable on Kevin Smith before I started this book, but I must admit there was quite a lot I learned from Muir's interviews with various cast and crew members.
If you are a Kevin Smith fan, then this book is essential. For those new to the 'View Askewniverse', it is well worth checking out - it may eliminate any pre-conceptions you have about Smith's 'low-brow' or 'offensive' humour.
A great read - thumbs way up.
on 6 December 2002
I would say to anyone who is a fan of kevin smith then buy this, if not then dont, its a little too invlved and people who are not huge fans may find it boring but to enthusiasts it has tonnes of cast, crew interviews along with muirs witty commentry, i leraned loads from it and its re affirmed my view of the great jersey trilogy (which is actually five movies) that they are some of the funniest, witty and intelligent movies of our times. having been an askew fan since the release of clerks in the early 90s and thought i knew everything i learned lots of things that fans would like to know, athiests will love it, so will lesbians, shop clerks, stoners, angels, god, comic book makers (i am NOT A TRACER)(inside joke) just buy it