We love Richard Linklater here so anything that gives us more is all right by us. Produced and directed by long time friend Louis Black - who gave Linklater an early break through his newspaper The Austin Chronicle, Dream is Destiny was only ever going to be a light touch, entirely friendly view of the great man’s work. And so it turns out to be, though that is not to its detriment. Following Linklater chronologically from his early work on Slacker and Dazed and Confused, Black has secured access to just about everyone that the director has worked with.
Interspersing chats with Linklater as he mooches through some remaining archives of youthful scribbling with talking heads from the likes of Jack Black, Ethan Hawk,Matthew McConaughey and Julie Delpy (to name but a few) Black shines a light on the director’s creative process and his motivations.
And to be honest, there’s not a great deal more to it than that. If you’re a fan of Linklater, this will be like spending a lovely warm Texas afternoon with him. Black is an engaging character himself (a co-founder of SXSW) and Linklater is of course great value. You won’t learn a while lot more about him but this is a nice insight into a man who seems to just have kept doing things his own way and by and large, being incredibly successful at it.