Linklater as true documentarian, which is not to say he is a filmmaker committed to realism as a mode of representation. At his best, Linklater resembles John Ford in his insistence on each shot being a vignette of portraiture, gestural clarity, & clarity of line deliverance, a little movie in & of itself. Like the Straubs, Linklater often takes interest in freedom vs. oppression within an authoritative environment.
3.8 As it goes on you realize the plot is not going anywhere, it's inconclusive though at the same time so consistent. The actors did great and the characters feel incredibly real despite the absence of psychological depth. Costumes and photography are pure eyegasm. Very enjoyable! (Loved finding out the old roots of McConaughey's "alright" )
Cool and fun. It may be unlike any highschool experience that I can relate to, but for a slice of life, it's really entertaining and has a spring in its step, unlike Linklater's stuffier works. Not to say that there isn't some of the trademark contemplative dialogue to sink your teeth into in there as well. Also, great soundtrack, as expected.
One of the Richard Linklater's earliest movie. DAZED AND CONFUSED is perfectly captured - the teenage life in the middle of 1970's, especially American teenagers. It's funny, hilarious, and moving. The actors and actresses did a stellar job. I can never forget Matthew McConaughey's character and his "Allright, allright, allright" quote. IMO, this movie is an epic. But in a smaller scale. Shame, I wasn't born in 70's.
After a few days of having watched it this one has grown on me to the top, a lot of spontaneous moments have turned into memories. Many secondaries glow to the point I've IDMB'ed them. I love the girls: they all show character and none is a man-trophy. Close to the end, some lines wipe off any accusation of nostalgia. The next scene makes clear it's all about the bonds. I found it smarter, rougher than Lucas' film.