I would recommend this movie to anyone that is interested in seeing it. You have to know going in that the movie isn't going to tell you how to feel. It's not going to direct you to come to a conclusion. There are many things to take away from watching the movie so don't settle for just one. Do you have to see it in theaters? No, but do go see it if you want to support more movies like it.This movie is not about something that happened a long time ago. While you watch Eighth Grade, you will feel like the story is unfolding before you in real time. There is nothing inherently nostalgic about the movie. It isn't trying to say something concrete. The goal was to show the life of an eighth grader, today, with all the craziness that comes with it.
The movie feels genuine. It doesn't try to get a rise out of you or make you feel a certain way. You do end up feeling many emotions due to how it's presented though. It makes you cringe, worry, laugh, whatever your own emotional response might be. It presents situations that an eighth grader might go through and you deal with it along with the main character. Nothing seems fabricated, it's the real deal.
The movie's story is definitely a strong point, but I really loved the music. It was used to emphasize teenage emotions. Everything seems black and white, all or nothing at that age. The music really helped to bring those feelings out and you immediately realize what it is doing. On their own, the tracks would probably be a blast to enjoy. I will always have a soft spot for synth-heavy music.