Waking Life

Synopsis: One of the most acclaimed animated films of the year!

From the director of Slacker and Dazed and Confused comes one of the most imaginative animated features ever made. This funny, ingenious film, which Premiere Magazine calls a “must-see,” explores the fascinating question: “Are we sleep-walking through our waking state or wake-walking through our dreams?” Join Wiley Wiggins as he searches for answers to life’s most important questions in a world that may or may not be reality.

‘Slacker’ x ‘A Scanner Darkly’ + ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ =

Waking Life 8.0

Wow… whatta mind-f!@#. This movie is actually a dream within a dream within a dream within…

Hmmm… I thought it was pretty good until it occurred to me that there was very little story to it – it was just a series of barely connected metaphysical and philosophical rants and monologues. Then I started to find it a tad meandering and slow-going.

And, while I found the individual topics totally fascinating (albeit a bit beyond me right now, being fatigued as all heck this week), the movie only picked up when I realized that it was all taking place inside a dream that the main character simply can’t wake up from. (I’m not ruining anything – most of you would probably pick up on this fact waaaaaaaaaaaay before me wink)

What made the movie really amazing to watch, though, is that it’s not so much an animated film as a series of moving and talking paintings. The movie was shot live with real actors and I believe that they painted over every single frame – but in a loose fashion that makes the picture continuously shift. Even when things are static on screen, the images are in continuous motion because of this technique. Neat.

Furthermore, they used a variety of artists all with their own individual style. So the interpretations of the main character’s reality also constantly shifts. It’s total eye candy. And, being that’s it’s mostly taking place in a dream, it makes total sense – dreams shifts all the time. Well, mine do anyway wink

It’s a very original movie, one that will no doubt grow on me as I watch it again and again (to pick up on the bits that totally escaped me this time around! There’s lots to reflect on, and it just doesn’t give you much time to mull things over…)

Anyway, it’s definitely not for everyone – especially not for people who mostly like action and can’t stand lengthy, heavy, brain-teasing dialogue.

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