Movie of the Week Pt. 2: A Scanner Darkly

Well, that was an experience

I feel like if Philip K. Dick were alive, he would want all film adaptations of his books to be done with rotoscoping.

Aside from Blade Runner, I feel like this is only other movie to ever capture Dick’s voice. All other adaptations have been altered to be more action-packed and fun (i.e. Total Recall, Minority Report) but I felt like A Scanner Darkly really conveyed Dick’s tale of a drug-addled society and trying to discover who the villans are or if, in fact, there are any real heroes.

GENIUS casting of Robert Downey Jr. and Woody Harrelson as “Bob’s” druggie friends. Some of their crazy conversations and fights reminded me of some of my own friends when there has been too much weed and too much time.

It’s a shame that Winona Ryder has fallen off the radar since that whole shoplifting incident. I missed her voice.

Shouldn’t Keanu be the first person on every casting director’s mind when the character calls for a confused Californian, who may or may not be high on weed, who is looking for answers?

Anyway, you could easily wait until it comes out on video but the animation looks beautiful on the big screen.


2 thoughts on “Movie of the Week Pt. 2: A Scanner Darkly

  1. I never read anything by Philip K. Dick but I heard from other people who had read his work that the movie was as good as, if not better, than the novel.

  2. Linklater never pretends that he has all the answers, but he asks the questions in such an interesting, elegant fashion that you’ll be glad you came along for the ride. Nice stuff you got here, check out my review when you can!

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