‘Boyhood’ And Hyperbole In The Twitter Age

I just scored some tickets to Richard Linklater‘s Boyhood today.  It’t not the type of movie I typically go for, but then again, I enjoy sneak previews.  I mention it because I was checking out my Twitter feed, and noticed this Tweet from @IFCFilms:

"Boyhood" Tweet

And Boyhood may indeed be as good as Rolling Stone says it is, though what’s more than likely is that we’re witnessing a bit of hyperbole (It’s early July.  There’s plenty of time for another movie as good, if not better, to come along), which is when you describe someone or something in a particularly exaggerated and/or dramatic fashion.  And in and of itself there’s nothing wrong with it, as long as it’s not too manipulative.  After all, Boyhood is a small movie, competing with others with significantly larger budgets and consumer awareness so positive word-of-mouth can make the difference between box office failure or success.

Though unfortunately hyperbole isn’t limited to just movies and probably has been around as long as there have been humans with reason to exaggerate.

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