By the way, since "Waking Life" offers many points of view about a lot of existential topics, there will be some opinions that you will agree with, and other opinions that you won't agree, and that's part of the charm of the movie. "Waking Life" doesn't want to tell you the truth about the human being, "Waking Life" invites the audience to think, to form an individual opinion about the different elements of our existences. So yes, "Waking Life" requires an active audience.
The movie discusses a lot of elements: God, the dreams, the individuality of each person, the existence of the human being, among many others. "Waking Life" offers a lot to talk or think about, so this is a fascinating film, because sometimes the speeches get so complicated or complex that you constantly are trying to solve the puzzle in your mind.
Visually "Waking Life" is one of the most daring animated films that I have ever seen, you think that Disney will ever make a movie like this one? Obviously not. This is independent cinema at its best. Once in a while it's refreshing to see unique movies like this one, the director and writer Richard Linklater did a great job with "Waking Life".
What underlies all the philosophising, the analysing and reviewing in Waking Life is passion for experience of life mixed with unease and wonder that one has in the face of the unknown. There are no subterfuges, no tricks, no gimmics, no questions even - only the wide open eyes of a young man watching, observing and experiencing. This is an awesome movie and I intend to watch it many more times.
There is so much here to absorb, you can really loose yourself completely in the film. At one point, we watch two men discussing the nature of film as an art form (I can't remember who they were) and then the perspective widens and we see that they are, themselves, on a movie screen in a theater with our main character as its sole occupant, which makes sense since it only exists in his mind - in his dream. Of course, we are also in a theater watching the film, adding another level to this already multi-layered context.
After seeing this movie, I felt thoroughly invigorated. I wish there were more films like this.