Richard Linklater remains one of America’s most interesting directors. While the writer and director has flirted with Oscar, most notably with “Boyhood,” he has always had the ability to tell fun stories. “School of Rock,” “Everybody Wants Some!!!” and “Dazed and Confused” have showcased Linklater’s ability to tell fun comedic stories. Linklater always draws talent to his films as well, and that is apparent early on in “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” from Annapurna Pictures. Linklater brings Cate Blanchette, Billy Crudup, and more into the film based on a bestseller.
“Where’d You Go, Bernadette” follows the story of Bee (Emma Nelson), a fifteen-year-old whose mother goes missing. With her dad (Crudup), the two try to find Bernadette (Blanchette), who has mysteriously disappeared. Along the way, she discovers her mother’s past and the issues between her parents. The comedy adventure takes Bee around the globe, looking for the mother she thought she understood, but did not know.
Linklater directs “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” and also co-wrote the screenplay with Holly Gent and Vincent Palmo Jr. The story is based on the novel by Maria Semple, whose novel made the New York Times Bestseller list for more than a year. Linklater also brings together a strong ensemble that includes Kristen Wiig, Laurence Fishburne, and Judy Greer. It’ll be curious to see if this can be an early Spring hit, and potentially be a first half contender for Oscar down the round.