Film Reviews, Short Review

Dazed and Confused (1993)


Navigating the Kafka-esque brutality of American high school, Richard Linklater’s cult hit has recently had a new lease of life thanks to the release of its spiritual sequel Everybody Wants Some! What strikes me about Dazed and Confused, aside from the brilliant sense of place and time that Linklater evokes through music and production design, is just how directionless all of its major characters are: people with hopes and dreams, standing only at the first gasp of their lives, ready to divide into a million directions. Few writer/directors are as adept as Linklater in evoking feelings of listlessness in his protagonists, and Dazed and Confused is one of his best in that regard.


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