’21 Years: Richard Linklater’ Trailer Offers Another Peek at ‘Boyhood’ Director

Written by on October 1, 2014 

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Is 2014 the finest year for Richard Linklater fans? The argument could be posed if we’d only received Boyhood, yet a pair of documentaries have brought us closer than ever to Texas’ favorite son, expanding prior conceptions of his professional and personal life. The first was Double Play, a study of his relationship with experimental artist James Benning (our interview with the film’s director can be found here); next month brings 21 Years: Richard Linklater, which appears to have taken a more traditional tack in its chronicles.

But when the talking-head approach can mix Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Jack Black, Billy Bob Thornton, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Smith, and Jason Reitman (scratch the last two), among others — all of whom provide insight into his creative process and / or artistic impact — there’s sufficient reason to think 21 Years has some minimum level of entertainment value.

Watch the trailer below (via Apple):



It’s been said that the first 21 years defines the career of an artist. Few directors have single-handedly shaken up the film establishment like the godfather of indie, Richard Linklater. From the groundbreaking SLACKER to his innovative BOYHOOD, Linklater has reached the 21-year mark and has unapologetically carved his signature into American pop culture. Get a raw and honest perspective on Richard through candid conversations with Ethan Hawke, Jack Black, Keanu Reeves, Billy Bob Thornton, Matthew McConaughey, Jason Reitman, Julie Delpy and others, and see their stories brought to life through hilarious animated sequences. For a man who became famous for celebrating the cool and casual, Linklater emerges as a surprisingly strategic and visionary director who has already established a legacy and perfected a style that can’t be denied.

Michael Dunaway and Tara Wood‘s film will arrive in theaters and through VOD on November 7.

Based on this preview, would you say Linklater in good hands?

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