Everybody Wants Some!! Blu-ray Review
“Everybody Wants Some!!” is another winner from Richard Linklater.
For those of you hoping Richard Linklater would make a film in the same vein as “Dazed and Confused,” you’re in luck! “Everybody Wants Some!!” will definitely scratch that itch. The film (which is set in Texas in the year 1980) follows a soon to be college pitcher (Jake) as he moves into his new home before his freshman year begins. As he prepares for the transition to college, the film follows Jake (and other eccentric college baseball team members) as they hit up parties, converse with one another, hit on women, expand their horizons, etc. Basically, it’s the kind of free flowing slice of life story that only Linklater can tell.
Since Richard Linklater is one of my favorite modern filmmakers, I was naturally excited to see his follow-up to the brilliant “Boyhood.” Strangely enough, “Everybody Wants Some!!” has a bit of a clunky start to it. It’s kind of a tale of two movies here. The first 50 minutes spends a lot of time establishing characters (without really digging into them) in a rather whirlwind fashion. The first half is essentially an assault on the senses although that may be what Linklater was going for given that we are following a character (Jake) as he makes his way into this new world so to speak.
After the 50 minute mark, however, the film thankfully settles in by delivering intimate character moments (especially between Jake and the art student Beverly), and plenty of humorous moments (see the baseball training sequence and the theater party). You become so engrossed by the characters that by the time the credits roll you are left wanting to see more of them. With that in mind, something tells me the first half issues could eventually disappear entirely upon multiple rewatches. Time will tell.
Perhaps the most appealing aspect of “Everybody Wants Some!!” though is the actual story itself. I liked that it wasn’t a traditional college movie despite being set at a college. It’s a pre-college story about someone settling in, surveying the land, and soaking up the scenes of the era before he focuses on his future. That’s not something you see in cinema much.
Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p. How does it look? The stylized cinematography really shines in hi-def.
Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD. How does it sound? Between the killer soundtrack and the dialogue heavy scenes, this track is lively to say the least.
* DVD copy and Digital copy.
* “Skills Videos”- A spotlight on the actors doing their baseball skills audition videos.
* “Rickipedia”- A featurette on the vast knowledge of Richard Linklater.
* “Baseball Players Can Dance”- A look at the cast practicing dancing.
* ‘History 101: Stylin’ The 80’s”- A behind-the-scenes look at the hair, make-up, and wardrobe of the film.
* “Everybody Wants Some!! More Stuff That’s Not In The Movie”- A 25 minute collection of outtakes and deleted footage.
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