Movie Review: Dazed and Confused (1993)

Starring: Jason London, Ben Affleck and Matthew McConaughey

Directed by: Richard Linklater

The final day of school in a small town in Texas in 1976. The seniors are taking part in the yearly tradition of hazing the incoming freshmen and everybody is out trying to get drunk, stoned or laid as the summer break takes effect.

Dazed and Confused seems to have been the launching pad for so many Hollywood actors in the early stage of their career. I didn’t realise how stacked this cast was until I kept seeing familiar faces pop up throughout, at the time of course the cast was quite raw and unknown. Stars such as Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey, Milla Jovovich, Adam Goldberg and Cole Hauser among others all went to to do big things in Hollywood after featuring in Dazed and Confused.

This movie comes highly critically acclaimed but for me it was very reminiscent of American Graffiti just not quite as good. Both movies are very similar in a sense that they follow high school students on their first night into their summer break and the shenanigans they get up to. For me there was no real story which was being developed in Dazed and Confused and I didn’t really understand where the movie was headed.

With that being said, the young cast did a tremendous job at making themselves as believable as they could be in their roles and despite there being a few too many characters to keep track of, most of them did a pretty stellar job during their wild night of partying and questionable antics. The soundtrack of the movie was absolutely tremendous as well featuring some of the greatest rock and roll songs around and despite being filmed in the nineties, the movie was so aesthetically pleasing and the filming locations and wardrobe were so incredibly accurate that you wouldn’t tell this movie wasn’t from the era it was depicting.

Dazed and Confused was a bit of strange one, while I enjoyed myself watching it and seeing the characters develop and interact with each other I felt there was a severe lack of plot which ultimately lets the movie down.


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