I am not a Richard Linklater fan at all. Almost every movie I’ve seen of his has been a major snoozefest. Having said that, I went into this movie with beyond low expectations but, came out pleasantly surprised. To sum up this movie, it’s a near 3-hour film about nothing. Technically, it is about growing up, however, nothing too exciting really happens and not much conflict occurs, yet I was thoroughly entertained throughout. The fact that this movie took 12 years to film is pretty groundbreaking. The transitions and time jumps run very smoothly. However, the kid that we’re following doesn’t really hold up acting-wise. In fact, his character gets a little boring as the movie goes on and it was hard for me to care about what he’s going through. Luckily, there are other characters that pick up the slack, especially Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke. As good and original as this movie is, I don’t think I can truly recommend it due to it’s length and slow pacing. If, and only if, you have the time to kill, it’ll be worth it.
Easily one of the best movies I’ve ever seen.