James Phipps’s review published on Letterboxd:
An excellent first time writer / director effort that goes between harsh realism and elegiac beauty seamlessly. Even though he and I have little in common I really identified with the insecurities the main character had about his art despite his friend’s and family’s support along with the overwhelming desire to “just be normal” when I was around his age.
It sounds like a feature length version of this is in the works and I’ll be there for it when released.
Just wanted to note that I watched this a few hours after Straight Outta Compton (where both are set, albeit about a decade apart). I didn’t plan it that way, but I think it impacted my mindset going into it.