Recently I posted about 21 Year: Richard Linklater, and in that documentary, they discuss one of the very early works of Richard Linklater, Slacker. I was motivated to check it out, and I was delighted.
Firstly I must state that if you are looking for a good story in this film, chances are you will look very hard for it, but not find it. Slacker is a film about a day in the life of Austin, Texas. Basically you follow around and meet a host of very interesting characters. One of the very first characters we meet is Should Have Stayed at Bus Station, which is interestingly enough, said director, Richard Linklater himself!
What is inspiring about this film is the concept of it, and the difficulty it would have involved in making it. It’s shot using good old film, and the takes in this film are very long indeed, and a tight budget, well you really need to direct this properly, for it to have worked, and Richard achieves this masterfully!
The entire dialogue is very philosophical in nature, so you need to commit to watching this film attentively, otherwise it might bore some. It’s peppered with humour and darkish humour and the camera work is just amazing, there are so many continuous tracking shots, so you really feel as if you’re working side by side with these monologuists, making it an unusually entertaining treat.
Film Munchers, this film may not be for everyone, but I found value in it. When I think of the name and the creative nature of the characters, it makes me feel as if Richard Linklater is shouting out to us, in the calmest way possible, ‘don’t be a slacker’!
TRIVIA COOKIE: Kevin Smith has said that Slacker directly inspired him to become a filmmaker and it also inspired his movie Clerks.