Thursday, 23 October 2014

Waking Life Movie

Richard Linklater's Waking Life is one of its own kind movie. It's a gripping, original and thought provoking movie. The title is ironic because it's a very long lucid dream of a boy which contains multiple endless layers of lucid dreams one inside another. Upon reflection it's not that ironic at all because our waking life is really a dream life. 

This movie has a subtle feel of being dream-like as all the scenes keep on floating on the surface of consciousness. In my opinion it's not as dream-like as Lynchian movies because of consistency of the anchor subject to whom all the dreams happen. It's not as eerie as most of the Lynchian cinema but it's definitely very epistemological. The boy encounters a wide variety of people- many of them are intellectuals and discussions on existentialism, life, dreams, death, anarchy and evolution are very engrossing. The trip is worth taking.