#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Dreams. What are they? An escape from reality or reality itself? Waking Life follows the dream(s) of one man and his attempt to find and discern the absolute difference between waking life and the dreamworld. While trying to figure out a way to wake up, he runs into many people on his way; some of which offer one sentence asides on life, others delving deeply into existential questions and life’s mysteries. We become the main character. It becomes our dream and our questions being asked and answered. Can we control our dreams? What are they telling us about life? About death? About ourselves and where we come from and where we are going? The film does not answer all these for us. Instead, it inspires us to ask the questions and find the answers ourselves.
Plot: Waking Life is about a young man in a persistent lucid dream-like state. The film follows its protagonist as he initially observes and later participates in philosophical discussions that weave together issues like reality, free will, our relationships with others, and the meaning of life.
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Visually and content-wise interesting if not totally successful or as smart or insightful as it wanted to be
I watched Waking Life more for the visual appeal because I wanted to see Linklater’s use of rotoscoping before he did it to mixed effect in A Scanner Darkly. With this in mind I did not have a clue what the film was about and for some reason I thought it would be some sort of New York set Slackers comedy with a lot of narrative drift I have no idea where I got this idea from but it was at least accurate in regards the “narrative drift”. To describe the basic plot it is enough to say that the main character spends the film in a sort of dream state in which he meets/sees all manner of people who discuss ideas, theories and philosophy of life and that’s more or less it.
OK so by now you already know whether you will hate this or not, although you don’t know if you will like it. If you’re in the mood for an action film with everything spoon-fed to you then just leave this one on the shelf of course. So now we are down to who will like this film and I sort of fall into that camp but not entirely due to the film itself. The constant stream of rambling discussion and thought is rather hit and miss. At times it made me think for myself around what the characters were saying and it engaged my brain in a way that I suspect it wanted to. At other times the philosophy and thoughts are those of the pop-culture Gen X slacker and as such they are “depth” for those with shorter attention spans. At other times it just came over as out and out pretentious. Of these three feelings the split was reasonably even and it did damage the film that it was not as smart or as insightful as it clearly wanted to be.
It did do enough to make me glad I watched it though and this feeling is partly down to the experience of watching something that stands out from everything else. What I mean by this is that watching it one never doubts that you are watching an indie film with a lot of creativity and ideas behind the writing and delivering of the film. OK so it doesn’t all work and not all the ideas turn out to be good ones but as an cinematic experience it is nice to have something that is not another genre comedy or serviceable action blockbuster. This creativity expands to the animating of the life-action and again while not totally successful it is at least interesting. This technique is sometimes pointless when it is literally just animated life-action but it introduces movement to static items, visualises words and of course allows things like floating to be easily shown. I would not want to watch a film done this way every week but again seeing it not only done but done for a reason within the material is worth the experience.
Waking Life is far from a good film but it is undeniably creative and interesting. As much works as doesn’t about it and the material could have been stronger for a better film but it is still an experience worth having if you know what you are getting into. It is the summer season and the next massive (and disappointing) effects-driven blockbuster will be along imminently so Waking Life is worth checking out because it is the polar opposite by being experimental, creative and interesting. Yes it is flawed and weak but somehow the strengths make me forgive it such failings for at least having the spirit to try.
very good, creative, expansion of Slackers
It is rare for a director to return to a film and improve it but Linklater does it here. Taking the general form of Slackers, he adds a metaphysical story line and coats it with extraordinary eye candy.
The rotoscoping really provides an acid trip experience of constantly shifting planes with backgrounds going one way and characters going the other.
The string quartet tango score also is an excellent use of music to reinforce the exotic aspects of the production.
The monologues are thought provoking and compelling. The story line examining dream/death connection is novel. Score points for originality of story, art direction and narrative line. Some quite funny parts (e.g. boat car, bar shoot out, etc.), some creepy parts (e.g. jailbird rant, second boat man meeting, etc.).
I have seen this several times and enjoyed it every time. Farily rare is the movie that can really stand up to multiple viewings. This is one.
Very refreshing. See it.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 39 min (99 min), 1 hr 40 min (100 min) (Argentina), 1 hr 41 min (101 min) (Australia), 1 hr 40 min (100 min) (Germany), 1 hr 41 min (101 min) (Spain)
Genre Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Director Richard Linklater
Writer Richard Linklater
Actors Trevor Jack Brooks, Lorelei Linklater, Wiley Wiggins, Glover Gill
Awards 5 wins & 21 nominations.
Production Company Fat Black Films, Independent Film Channel, Detour Filmproduction, Thousand Words
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Sony DCR-PC1, Sony DCR-TRV900
Laboratory DeLuxe, USA, Swiss Effects, Zurich, Switzerland
Film Length 2,754 m (Germany)
Negative Format Video
Cinematographic Process DV (source format), Digital Intermediate (master format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm