Chronicling the lives of the entire cast over 12 years to show us the journey of a young boy and his multiple families is a rare feat achieved by director/producer/ writer Richard Linklater and his team.
Primarily we see patterns, of choice, fear and relationships. We see how a story can surprise you even though you seem to have identified what can or cannot happen. That’s the beauty of the human free will, we can elect to change our circumstances by simply taking responsibility rather than exercise an external locus of control.
Performances range from average to sublime while we digest the natural progression of the story. It made for an engaging watch with an awe for the time period, patience and dedication it was shot in.