Reviews: Waking Life

Pretentious Navel-gazing.

Waking Life is a pedantic, self-serving film. Sure, it may look good and the style is certainly enjoyable if you're very high, but I'm afraid no amount of drugs could make this boring film anything more than what it is: hipster bullshit, which is an odd term to use, considering the film's release in 2001 pre-dates the current hipster trend of 2011 by a decade, give or take. Nonetheless, strip away all the stylised rotoscoped imagery and one is left with an almost indecipherable mess of words, ideas, and theory so convoluted it makes the average benzodiazepine-induced stream-of-consciousness babble look like the goddamned Path to Enlightenment. Waking Life is almost painful to sit through. The lack of plot and over-indulgence of pseudo-intellectual nonsense may help to give the "dream within a dream" feel, but it's all just smoke and mirrors, hiding any real substance. It is, in effect, "a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing." (Shakespeare, "Macbeth", act 5, scene 5)

Drop three tabs of LSD and go to a coffee shop heavily populated with hipsters and goatee-sporting liberal art majors for three hours. Ta-da! You've experienced Waking Life.

Just Like a Dream.

Like most of the films of David Lynch, “Waking Life” dares to explore the sometimes dark, sometimes amusing, but always fascinating world of dreams. Not only the plot(Or lack of it thereof) refuses to follow a conventional structure or “logic” (Except, of course, “the logic” of the dreams) but also the strange, deranged visual style of this film made us think about those worlds inside our minds, the world of dreams and imagination. “Waking Life” makes a quite interesting portrayal of those worlds, focusing in the unpredictable nature of it, showing as well, the parallels existent between dreams and reality: It might look like something real but it isn´t. The viewer can either agrees or not with many of the thoughts expressed in this film, but the way in which those thoughts are expressed is magnificent, giving us a lot of perspectives, lot of different views of life, death, reality and many other themes, but without forcing the viewer to accept one as the “True” and definitive one. And is that quality that made me love this film even more, and consider it a unique and unrepeatable film experience.