A 666-Character Review of ‘Tusk’
Wallace, a podcaster, finds himself unexpectedly interviewing a retired sailor, Howard, when his initial subject falls through. As the night wears on it becomes apparent that Howard wants much more than to share his stories. This 2014 effort from writer director Kevin Smith is an odd one to be sure. It’s an absolutely mad concept presented so matter of fact that you nearly forget the lunacy. The story relies heavily on the performances of Justin Long and Michael Parks, both of whom play their parts well and run a gamut of emotion. The effects are a touch silly, but effective enough. It’s a ghastly display as Howard mutilates Wallace into the shape of a walrus. All that said, it felt like it overstayed its welcome. Tusk is the sort of story better suited to a short film or an entry in an anthology.