Dazed and Confused [1993] Movie Review Recommendation

Dazed and Confused [1993]

How to write an objective review for a movie that influenced you greatly? I’m sure that this can be done, but I just don’t want to do it. A bit of personal experience here, only to demonstrate the power of cinema. I watched this movie as I was finishing high school and around the same time I first got a glimpse of that “cool life”. It was all clumsy and strange, about the same as anything that happens in that period of your life. However, when I saw Dazed and Confused, everything clicked into place. I immediately started dreaming about the night from this movie, a perfect night for a horny soon-to-be college boy looking to party. I still remember that feeling of “everything will be okay” that I felt after the end. We forget just how fucked up our lives were back then, exciting, but fucked up. I was quite depressed most of the time and unable to find coherent concepts anywhere. A standard teenage story. And this movie brought that vibe of positivity that was sorely needed, for me at least. Whether it provided me with a blueprint for what “an officially good time” should be or these were just hormones going wild, I just cannot figure out. This is why I cannot be objective here, this one’s too close to the heart. I guess this coming-of-age movie hit me exactly as I was coming of age. You can also draw parallels with George Lucas’s American Graffiti released back in 1973.

Dazed and Confused [1993] Movie Review Recommendation PosterDirected by Richard Linklater, a very talented director with a lot of great movies behind him (Tape, The School of Rock, A Scanner Darkly), Dazed and Confused is one of those movies that you see and wanna go out and party. It captured that party, sex, drugs and alcohol urge, although it starts a little slow, probably to establish the characters correctly. After that it takes you on a thrill ride that will last ’till the movie is finished. All that time, you know that nothing wrong or bad is going to happen in it. Acting is great, even from Matthew McConaughey and Ben Affleck, who were still relatively unknown in the year of our lord Satan 1993. Rory Cochrane, Milla Jovovich, Adam Goldberg and Joey Lauren Adams were also great and went on to have amazing careers.

It follows the lives of high school students on their last day in school, in some dead end town, in the seventies. The story follows many characters, veering off into sub-plots with the same ease it gets out of them, tying all the stories into one big juicy one. Also there’s no main plot, so there’s no some big party that our characters must get to or any other event that serves as a driver for the rest of the story. Everything sort of happens accidentally and naturally, or at least this was the intention of the writers. This creates this positive and easygoing atmosphere that’s just perfect for relaxation. When you add to that uninhibited and natural dialogue, what you get is a masterpiece.

I know that this movie was shot back in 1993, so I just want to tell these newer generations that you’re going through the same shit we went through. You can actually watch this movie with two different mindsets, one as a classic comedy and the second one as a coming-of-age flick. It’s Superbad or Eurotrip of the seventies, and you can see that things have not changed that much. So next time your parents talk about thus period, remember maybe they were just like the characters in this excellent flick.

Director: Richard Linklater

Cast: Jason London, Milla Jovovich, Rory Cochrane, Adam Goldberg, Matthew McConaughey, Ben Affleck

Fun Facts: The word “man” is said 203 times total in the movie.


IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0106677/

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