EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!!
Director: Richard Linklater (Boyhood) Starring: Blake Jenner, Will Brittain, Zoey Deutch, Ryan Guzman, Tyler Hoechlin, J. Quinton Johnson
IN late 2014, remarkably prolific US filmmaker Richard Linklater unveiled Boyhood, a dramatic portrait of the first 18 years of life.
Now, Linklater returns with Everybody Wants Some!!, a light and loose comedy mounted on a radically smaller scale than its predecessor.
The time span here falls just short of four days for the central figure in the film, a young man who is about to start college.
However, the film does have a significant link to Boyhood in that it shares the same relaxed, unhurried view of the world.
There is a natural flow of conversation and energy coursing between the featured characters of both films that is truly unique in today’s cinema.
The vividly evocative results that Linklater consistently achieves continue to speak for themselves.
The year is 1980. Jake (Blake Jenner) is a freshman with designs on making the baseball team at his new college home in Texas.
With classes yet to start, the pitcher has plenty of time at his disposal to get to know the guys who could soon become his teammates.
What follows is three days and nights of undistilled male bonding, conducted by young gentlemen at a certain stage in life where they are no longer boys but still some way off from becoming men.
If anybody but Linklater was at the directorial controls, viewers could be forgiven for expecting the movie to give in to any and all crotch-scratching, cringe-inducing inclinations at some point.
Thankfully, it never strikes a false note. Instead of bracing yourself for the worst, you’re soon revelling in the best the film has to offer.
There is something both truly deep and utterly meaningless about that particular point in a person’s life, when possibilities are endless and responsibilities are nowhere to be found.
Linklater and his largely unknown ensemble of actors capture the true essence of these hazy, halcyon days with great humour, heart and warmth.
The flawless period production design and impeccably curated soundtrack also contribute to the addictively uninhibited vibe in play at all times.