The animation style is really great, the dialogue has that Linklater magic that elevates shitty stoner philosophy to great heights (though here it serves merely to make it not nauseating), and it's really passable light fare. Unfortunately, Linklater has made this film four other times, all of those four times being better for key reasons. In the case of Slacker, the philosophy was really earthy, kind of kooky, and the film had a lot more humorous feel. This film, in…
I absolutely adore Linklater's 'Before' Trilogy and 'Boyhood', four of the very best films straddling life and fiction. However, today I learned I really despise 'Waking Life', an ugly movie with the random thoughts rattled off by meaningless characters that made me wish I was dreaming instead.
I think my first watch of the film was influenced by my wanting to like the film so much. Having seen it again, I realize this film may not be my cup of tea. Note: I was also bored by 'Slacker', another Linklater film not dissimilar to this one.
There's only one instant, and it's right now. And it's eternity.
^sounds pretentious, right?
Well, it is in a way. In the same way that SLACKER was about a large group of people with a lot to say and no one to say it to- WAKING LIFE is about Richard Linklater having a lot to say and you to say it to; so long as you're willing to listen.
It's very clear that Linklater has a lot of ideas. His…
This is the film I needed to watch right now.
Walking life is truly a masterpiece, and is one of my favorite films of all time. All the discussions, all the rants, even though they seem miles apart at times, bind together to form a central thesis, one which I don't know if I really understand.
No part is boring, the animations are fantastic, and Linklater doesn't let the animation hold himself back from employing dynamic camera and framing work.
I don't know what else to really say. It's good.
Terry Gilliam once said about Inception that he wondered "why all of the dreams were action movies. Don’t people have other dreams?" Waking Life suffers from a similar problem, except instead of action movies all dreams are Philosophy 101 classes.
Even if the animation finds its basis in real people and objects, Linklater still clearly understands the power animation can have. It can be expressive, unearthly, impressionistic, non-Euclidean, and this films displays that pretty well. Comparisons to the likes of…
A full-throated exhortation to live life with curiosity and joy.
Film 6, Week Whatever with Dum-dum
What's wrong with you Jack? A 0.5 star? I'm disappointed in you, and I hate you. I'm done with you. Goodbye.
I had half of a review typed up for this just before I left to travel for two days, but I completely forgot what I wrote or most of my actual thoughts on the movie. Part of me actually thinks I couldn't fully put together what I thought of it, but oh well I at least remember really enjoying it.
Following an unnamed protagonist (Wiley Wiggins) as he is trapped in a state of lucid dreaming, entering various dreamscapes and…
Maybe not quite as good as "Slacker" overall, but it's just as absorbing and more interesting visually. Richard Linklater is a national treasure.
There is a subtle line between dreams and reality.
"There's only one instant, and it's right now. And it's eternity."
Dreams are boundless portals into worlds of imagination and wonder. Waking Life, Richard Linklater's ethereal cinematic odyssey, is like a journey into a vivid, beautiful dream. It's philosophical themes are engaging and intricate; including existentialism, posthumanity, consciousness, and the meaning of life. It's all intertwined with a mind-bending and bizzare visual style that is beautifully captivating in it's absorbing serenity.
The film essentially has no plot beyond a young…
Keep your dreams alive & live in them. A young man stucks in the middle of his dreams, when he realizes his worst nightmare becomes true: He cannot escape from them. Trying to understand how to live (in a dream) he meets people with different philosophies in episodic scenarios to question himself and the audience: Are life and dream a similar process of getting awake in the end?
The animation is a welcoming innovation in times of PIXAR/Disney domination, full of…