Ben’s review published on Letterboxd:
“Let me tell you this, the older you do get the more rules they're gonna try to get you to follow. You just gotta keep livin’ man.”
I haven’t had the best day today. A lot of stuff has been happening and I’ve been totally stressed out of my mind. So, I started thinking…what movie chills me out unlike any other, what movie can I just sit back and relax to? Then, it hit me, what better way is there to come down after a long and stressful day than to watch a bunch of teenagers in the 1970s hang out, listen to incredible music and get stoned and drunk out of their minds! Dazed & Confused was 100% what I was looking for to end this long and difficult day.
This film’s cast is just so goddamn perfect. Every single character is perfectly cast. From Jason London’s Randy “Pink” Floyd, to Wiley Wiggins’ Mitch Kramer, to Matthew McConaughey’s Wooderson, every single character is just so dead on. If Dazed was a book, how I would picture those characters in my head, it is exactly how they look on screen, it’s just an absolutely amazing example of just dead-on right casting. And I have to say, everyone in this film is so great in their respective roles, I just can’t get over how perfect they all seem to fit.
This film’s script inspires me a great deal in my my own writing. Writing, especially screenwriting, has been a pretty big hobby of mine since I was quite young and as soon as I saw this film for the first time and I re-read the script, I just fell in love with every element of the writing. The realism, the fun, the relatability, it’s a truly unique screenplay and even though many have tried to make a film like this one since, nobody yet has been able to surpass this film in terms of writing. I definitely think that this film’s strongest element is the writing, no doubt about it.
I’ve said it before but, seriously, what a bloody soundtrack! Good lord, every track is just absolutely incredible. The only annoying thing about this film’s soundtrack is that it is an absolute guarantee that a lot the songs featured in the film will be rattling around inside your head for weeks. Right now, ‘Low Rider’ and ‘Slow Ride’ have forcefully moved directly into my head and they are refusing to leave. Still, I will now have this film’s soundtrack on repeat for the next week or so…and I will enjoy every second of it.
This is one of my go-to movies when I’ve had a particularly tricky or stressful day. It’s just this cool as hell, chilled out, fast moving ride of a movie and, no doubt, it’s a hell of a lot of fun. I think this film deserves to be referred to as a “classic.” There are a few films that are sort of similar to this one but there is not a single film out there exactly like this one. The unique characters, the realistic and absolutely outstanding writing, the perfect, fast pacing, it all just works together so well. Look, I wasn’t going to end my review like this, it’s actually how I ended my first ever review of this film. But, you know something? What the hell! Alright, alright, alright!