I really respected it, but it was just too long for me. I wanted less watch-these-events-and-presentations and more how-does-the-library-work. There's a lot of amazing footage within -- the call center, the book return, the opening discussion of religion. It's exactly what it is; it just wasn't for me.
One of those films that's hard to describe because it just exists, in its own world, as perfect and gorgeous as it is aching and upsetting. As much a love letter to skateboarding as it is a true depiction of growing up, a cry for help in American rust-belt cities, and an exploration of toxic masculinity.
Impressively shot and edited, it's stuck with me every moment of every day since I saw it. An amazing achievement.
Overall, to me it felt jam-packed but often empty. There are moments I liked, often in the real-world, but overall it just felt like something I'd seen before, but better elsewhere. Strong direction (especially during an early chase scene), a good Silvestri theme, and some lovely lighting. It's fine but not something I need to return to or would recommend rushing out to see.
Maybe I'm just tired of movies about cis white guys being the main characters in a "save the world, get the girl" plot? Whatever the reason, it just wasn't for me.