Rachel Malstrom’s review published on Letterboxd:
I have been so excited to watch this movie for so long. It just seemed like it would be right up my alley. This is also on my Everyone I Follow's Favorite Movies That I Have Not Seen list. I follow two people who have this film featured on their profiles as of right now (Evan and JayRedrum). As always, I am so happy to be taking another movie off that list. Another thing that made this viewing so exciting was that I got the Criterion BluRay for Christmas. I've been really building my Criterion BluRay collection, but this is the first one I have actually gotten around to opening and watching. It felt so official and made me feel like I was back in school when I could rent Criterion DVDs from the library and my professors would use them for class screenings. Also, this edition is so gorgeous with so many bonus features that I can't wait to delve into.
I really enjoyed this. The aesthetic is everything. It's one of the films that is just an experience. It gives no exposition nor does it invent some three act plot for you to follow. It throws you into the world, and it feels like you really start to know the town and the people in it. The soundtrack is wonderful, and the way the songs are used and placed in the film is inspired. The cinematography is my cup of tea for sure. I can't help but wish Linklater had been able to make Boyhood feel more like this. I prefer this to its predecessor (one could argue), American Graffiti, but they are both great and really encapsulate a film that represents a feeling more than anything else. I am eager to revisit this many more times.