Dazed and Confused Review

 Screen Shot 2016-03-15 at 3.56.26 PM   23 years Richard Linklater followed his ultra low-budget first feature film with the amazing 70’s time-capsule that is Dazed and Confused. If you ever plan on doing a marathon that encapsulates the American spirit at its youngest and most distinct, start off with American Graffiti, continue it with Easy Rider, follow it up with Dazed and Confused, which will be proceeded by Everybody Wants Some!! when that comes out, and lastly, finish it off with The Myth of the American Sleepover. Ok, now that you’ve got your perfect look at American high-schooler’s through the ages, let me divulge and write about the greatness of Linklater’s classic 93′ film, Dazed and Confused. Dazed and Confused is without a doubt an American classic. Channeling the 1970’s, Linklater is able to perfectly take you into a completely different era from the clothing to the hair to the cars to the musical embodiment of 70’s in one of the best film soundtracks ever, Dazed and Confused is a masterful look at the young 70’s in its fiercest moments, when no one cared about repercussions and just did whatever crossed their mind. From the opening credits, Linklater perfectly captures the 70’s starting the film off with Aerosmith’s Sweet Emotion, and then proceed to perfectly introduce every character and event that will take place in the film, except for the secret recipe known as Wooderson (McConaughey). The use of the word ‘man’ combined with the vibrant clothing and style of the 70’s just sucks you in and makes you feel like another member of this high-school crew as you go from one clique to another, whether it be the outsiders, the football players, the freshmen, the seniors, or the divas Linklater finds a way to weave each single group into the story, helping the film move along and establishing why to like each group for the different styles of fun they bring to the conglomerate adventure featured in Dazed and Confused. And now, as the ages have gone by you can add another layer of awesomeness to Dazed and Confused because as you watch the film today you randomly sight today’s Batman or Academy Award Winner Matthew McConaughey talk about his lust for high-school girls, its incredibly fun to watch Dazed and Confused as you spot Mila Jovovich and Renée Zellweger randomly chugging beer, its quite incredible. Dazed and Confused is a perfect embodiment of the 70’s, an incredible, relatable journey about the last day of school, and one of the best soundtracks ever created, leading me to rate Dazed and Confused at a 93 out of 100.

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