This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…
12 years in the making.
The film tells a story of a divorced couple trying to raise their young son. The story follows the boy for twelve years, from first grade at age 6 through 12th grade at age 17-18, and examines his relationship with his parents as he grows.
I don’t say this lightly but Boyhood is one of the best films I’ve ever seen. Yet it is not a film filled with great revelatory moments or dazzling technical brilliance. It is distinctly ordinary in almost every department, but this is ultimately what makes it such a special experience that will resonate with any audience whether closer in age to the film’s chief protagonist or the adults struggling with parenthood: It is a film about life.
However, it is not simply a film about a life but rather about every life that orbits Mason, an average Texan boy from the age of six to eighteen. It is a true coming-of-age drama whether focused on the growing pains of a…
What's It About?: Growing up.
Who's In it?: Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Ellar Coltrane, and Lorelei Linklater.
The Good: The kids. The cast. The characters. The direction. The idea. The writing. The music. The 35mm. The laughs. The pathos. The holy-shit-that's-my-life moments. Everything.
The Bad: It's a 3-hour film, but I wish it went on forever.
What Did I Learn?: I learned to feel again. I was inspired again. This seals it—Richard Linklater and Ethan Hawke are now my favorite director-actor duo. Thank you for making this wonderful film. (Also, I never imagined I'd love anything with freaking Soulja Boy in it, but damn,…
After finishing Boyhood and slowly gathering my thoughts on it I did what I usually do, fly over to Letterboxd to jot those thoughts down before they escape me. What I wasn't prepared for was what happened when I saw that poster. It was a slap in the face, a jarring reminder that I had just spent twelve years with someone.
I think it's easy to not look beyond this film's ambitious conception and even write it off as a non-eventful gimmick. There is no real plot, there are no grand character arcs, no dramatic tension. It lacks a narrative flow and has more scope than focus, it ambles on throughout its running time, meandering along the trivial and occasionally…
It is not surprising that so many people identify closely with Boyhood. It hits all the hallmarks of growing up. There is the promise made years ago that the parent forgot but the child did not. There is the incessant fighting between siblings that is forgotten two minutes later, as well as the faking of who is to blame for the fight when the shouts of "MOM!" have been acknowledged. There is the change in address, school and friends, for which parents are always blamed and children's protests are always ignored. There is the period where children discover that they can exert some control by dressing how they like or coming in late, anything that can be taken as a…
1. This is a film that EVERYONE born in early/mid 90's NEEDS to see.
2. This is a film that defines a generation.
3. This movie is like a journey back through time.
4. Boyhood(and Under the Skin for that matter), proves that there is a lot of originality left in filmmaking.
5. I don't think any other film besides Inherent Vice will top this for movie of the year.
6. I could have continued watching this for another six hours without getting bored.
7. Never has any film I've seen felt more real.
8. This is Richard Linkater's magnum opus.
Richard Linklater's bold, brave, daring, experimental, and unconventional filmmaking that tells the story of Mason, and his journey from a boy to a man. FUCK YOU, COLDPLAY! Rock collections are boss. The way Mason watches TV. Oops moment. Tit point. The awesomeness of people actually writing real letters with ink pens. I think I would rather listen to Nickelback on infinite repeat than listen to one Sheryl Crow song. Game Boy pimpness. The fun zero responsibility no child support paying Daddy. Aaliyah without Timbaland, Jet Li, or R. Kelly. Gutter balls. If I had to pay money into a swear jar for every obscenity in my reviews, I would be one broke motherfucker. Ethan Hawke's political ranting. Professor Horny. Mason,…
Overrated. Kid actor got progressively worse as he grew up.
Did you know it took 12 YEARS TO MAKE THIS? R.I.P. 2015 Award Season.
Touching without being sappy.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
A coming of age done to the absolute extreme and it's a masterpiece of film. The every day life of a boy turned teen into adulthood. It's great to actually see these characters grow up and change through the years. Ethan Hawke's character starts as trying to be the hip cool dad, who at heart is really trying to be in his children's lives, and having a strained relationship with his ex-wife. Seeing him at first you think "he's a bad father" maybe a douchebag. But as the film progresses you see that he's a good person and a good father. And you see his relationship with his ex-wife improve, especially after their son graduates high school. You see the…
will be one of its kind.
what you can achieve for the right amount of time.
and this director what his next step is.
Let�s get it straight. I have never liked Ethan Hawke. But I am willing to repeatedly give him a second change. I liked the previous one a lot, Before Midnight. This I went to see for the idea that had never been done in a film before, filming a life in real time over 12 years. And voila! I liked it a lot. The kid was adorable, until too skinny and too long. And the only annoying thing about Ethan Hawke was his stupid mustache. The film was real, could have been anyone's life. Nothing fake. Just life. Go see. kind of cool!
Kids really do grow up so quickly these days.
There have been plenty of coming of age movies over the years, either looking at one brief period where “everything changed” or over a longer period using different performers to play the character as “John Doe aged 7” or “ John Doe aged 13” or “John Doe as an adult.” Richard Linklater has attempted something different here as the film was shot over a twelve year period, with the same core group of actors working on it for just a couple of weeks each year and the result is successful enough that it's rather surprising that no one seems to have been audacious enough to have tried it before. There have…
The concept overshadowed the simple yet poignant story.
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the greatest actor of his generation
today during class something happened. My friend got there late and so missed the beginning of it so, once she…