REVIEW: Eighth Grade is an ingenious time capsule

Eighth Grade — a transformative endeavour in subject matter and audience feeling — is the a film of the highest calibre.

It will rank among Dazed & Confused and Boyhood as one of the best coming-of-age features of all time.

Make no mistake, the film owes everything to Elsie Fisher, who has been acting since she was five, but who comes into her own here.

She’s equal parts awkward, confident, unafraid, terrified and neurotic in a role that conveys the very nature and necessity of fitting in as an eighth grade girl.

Second to her is writer/director Bo Burnham, who creates a funny, realistic and difficult portrayal of adolescence in our digital age.

I’m not one for the comedian’s shocking brand of on-stage comedy, and yet, his grounded material here is pitch-perfect and it’s almost unbelievable to think he’s behind one of the best of 2018.

Other props go to Josh Hamilton, for his comedic, on-point performance as a worried father just trying to understand his teen daughter.

This truly is a momentous film with a big, beating heart, and will live on in your minds as one of the most mature, honest films you’ll ever see.

4/5 Stars

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