The early reviews for “Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny” are coming in … and they’re good.
The movie, directed by Louis Black of the Austin Chronicle and Karen Bernstein, had its premiere on Tuesday at the Sundance Film Festival, and the venue couldn’t have been more appropriate. Sundance was the setting for the premiere of Linklater’s classic “Slacker” in 1991.
The Hollywood Reporter called it “one of the most enriching and enjoyable docs about a filmmaker in recent memory,” saying that it “reveals the peculiar pairing of modesty with artistic ambition that has allowed the director to thrive in an industry that doesn’t cotton to his sort of artist.”
The Guardian of Great Britain points out that with “the success of ‘Boyhood,’ it’s easy to forget that before that marathon 12-year project hit screens at Sundance in 2014, Linklater was out of vogue. Those wilderness years are one of the most fascinating elements” of the film.
Austinites will get to see the movie when it screens at the upcoming South by Southwest Film Festival and Conference in March. It’ll also play on PBS.