Essay on Waking Life

1136 Words Jan 24th, 2002 5 Pages
Most (i didn't really even know what to make of it. its the kid from that movie dazed and confused basically trying to find out the meaning of life and his identity and shit.. and hes like constantly in this dreamworld.. that he cannot seem to wake up of.. he cannot differentiate his dreams from reality. so one of the points is that there is no waking life...there is life and nothing else....each experience is an experience, nothing more or nothing less, each has the same value...the things you experience in your dreams are life itself... also...a lot of stress on wherever you are is the place to be...accept that every moment has the potential for greatness

Waking Life is clearly an experiment, and, as such, looks and feels much
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Objects float and surfaces shift while perspective is distorted in Picasso-like fashion. The style is distracting at first, but the deep conversations pull you in until a dream-like state falls upon the audience.

A man in a dream state encounters many characters who, one by one, talk about their views on the meaning, perception, and reality of human existence.
Dreams. What are they? An escape from reality or reality itself? Waking Life follows the dream(s) of one man and his attempt to find and discern the absolute difference between waking life and the dreamworld. While trying to figure out a way to wake up, he runs into many people on his way; some of which offer one sentence asides on life, others delving deeply into existential questions and life's mysteries. We become the main character. It becomes our dream and our questions being asked and answered. Can we control our dreams? What are they telling us about life? About death? About ourselves and where we come from and where we are going? The film does not answer all these for us. Instead, it inspires us to ask the questions and find the answers ourselves.

It's an entirely mesmerizing experience on its visual merits alone. The fact that it also goes for substance's jugular—relentlessly so— makes it a truly rare and exceptional film. Some people will criticize this movie for over-thinking.

It allows people to speak freely on their own terms about life, love, hate, doubts, and dreams, then

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