There was so much hype behind this film that it was impossible to go into it with a fresh set of eyes. When I first heard about the film and the construction of how it was made over 12 years I was a bit annoyed as I’d had a similar idea for a project - though because I knew it was Linklater doing it it made me excited. It’s hard to separate the story from the style. On one hand you’ve got an incredible cinematic achievement - on the other you’ve got something that’s pretty simple, a story that isn’t all that spectacular. And while it’s full of nuance and some really lovely moments, on the whole I think I have to ask - was his really worth 12 years of someone’s life? I realize that it happened in and amongst other projects and other things, but I don’t know. I know I’m being a bit cynical because this film was so universally loved, but I just felt like this story could have been more universal in some ways and more affecting. It did stick with me a bit. I’d love to see what special features the DVD has. I’m not dismissing it - I liked it - though I did find it dragged on in parts. I’d wholly recommend it to anyone who likes simple character based stories.