I've been harumphing about Richard Linklater's latest movie, Everybody Wants Some!!
(yes, that's an on-purpose double exclamation), since I saw it last weekend and I get even more surly about it the more people heap praise on it. Maybe it's just that this movie is very much made for a group of people that doesn't include me, but I Just. Don't. Get. It.
I'm a HUGE fan of Linklater. His "Before" trilogy is some of my favorite filmmaking EVER, and I have always been enamored of Dazed and Confused
, which is the movie Everybody Wants Some!!
is supposed to be the "spiritual successor" to, according to apparently everyone who has eyes or something. But for me, Everybody Wants Some!!
is several steps backward for Linklater, and comparing it to Dazed and Confused
is a superficial judgment at best.
Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) - The pic above is this movie in a nutshell --
an Instagram post lost in its own nostalgia glow.
There are loads of problems with this movie, starting with its rather dull and forgettable lead actor and the fact that I can't for the life of me remember most of the characters' names. (I remember McReynolds because I mused that he must have been nicknamed that due to his amazing Burt Reynolds-esque mustache.) But above all else, the movie has two Big Problems.( Collapse )