Dazed and Confused ★★★★½

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

Much like a great night of drinking, this was a slow build for me. The emotional center of the movie takes a while to reveal itself, which turns out to make it much more rewarding. Don accepting Pink's decision is the epitome of this: without showing Don's antics throughout, his reaction would not mean nearly as much.

This movie simply has so much heart. Linklater is a master of allowing these characters to open up to each other and to the viewer, but I would be remiss without acknowledging the wonderful performances as well. Pink's performance could've been the weak point here -- as he is surrounded by so many amazing character performances, and the script puts a lot of weight on his charisma -- but Jason London gives a really nuanced performance on part with everyone else.

What else is there to say? I'd watch this again right now.