Dan Callaghan

Linklater tries his hand at PKD

Richard Linklater’s film adaptation of A Scanner Darkly tries hard to be true to Dick’s original novel, and on the whole it succeeds. It still left me somehow a little dissatisfied though — maybe because so much of importance in the novel takes place inside Bob Arctor’s head, and that generally doesn’t translate to film very well. I was also disappointed that the Barris character in the film was mostly just annoying (and difficult to understand), unlike the truly sinister and creepy Barris from the novel. The rotoscoping was a nice touch though. Overall not a bad effort; I gave it 7 on IMDb.

Previously: Dan reads A Scanner Darkly

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