I must admit - WAKING LIFE has an interesting idea. I liked its semi-documentary style. Director Richard Linklater also combined it with a rotoscoping animation and succeed to give this movie a surreal, yet dreamy look. Because - basically, WAKING LIFE is a movie about dream and its world. We'll follow a young man's journey in his dream. Also, we'll meet some people who talked about their opinions about dream...
"Words are inert. They're just symbols. They're dead, you know? And so much of our experience is intangible. So much of what we perceive cannot be expressed. It's unspeakable. And yet when we communicate with one another and we feel that we've connected, and we think that we're understood, I think we have a feeling of almost spiritual communion. And that feeling might be transient, but I think it's what we live for."
2-3. Has a striking aesthetic, and tangles with some really powerful ideas. But it mostly really is freeform pretension, albeit cohesive pretension about thought-provoking ideas. But most of them don't really have a flesh about them; it's more a pastiche of anecdotes, lectures, and quotes than a series of actions that lend proper power to these ideas.
(...) Was ist Träumen überhaupt? Was geschieht mit uns, während wir träumen? Nehmen wir uns selbst wahr, aber ausserhalb unseres Körpers? Das ist eine der Erklärungen aus Waking Life. Und wenn wir sterben? Träumen wir dann fort? Doch das würde keinen Sinn ergeben, da ein Traum doch in unserem Gehirn iniziert wird. Oder doch nicht?(...)
I've seen many films employ dream logic in their structures and narratives, but I've rarely found a film to nail the feeling of a dream as well as this one does. The conversations can be hard to follow but overall the messages get across I think. It is always nice to see a movie dive headlong into ideas the way this one does, and the animation helps to keep it all interesting.