Linklater’s love of rock is no secret, but teaming Austin’s indie auteur with Black’s oversized histrionics was a stroke of genius. The School of Rock
brings not only Black’s musical skills but also his acting abilities front and center, in his first fully developed performance. Wannabe rock star Dewey Finn (Black) takes a substitute position at a moneyed private school with a suspicious principal (Cusack), and abandons all curriculum but that of rock & roll. All of this, of course, is merely an excuse to let Black’s manic persona out of the bag and all over the audience. And in the hands of almost anyone else, it might not have worked. But Linklater, White (scriptwriter of Chuck & Buck
), and especially Black understand that in the end the only prerequisite for being a good teacher is being passionate about your subject, and both Black and Dewey have passion to burn. Read a full review of The School of Rock.