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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…
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,…
Boyhood, or An Excruciatingly Overlong Celebration of Suburban Mediocrity, is an aimless and outwardly ambitionless film, much like its central character, whose name doesn’t matter because he always remains a stranger to us anyway. It celebrates the coming-of-age of a perfectly normal boy who, by the end of the film, looks ready to grow into yet another struggler. Okay.
Initially, Mason’s passivity seems interesting, if only because his silence seems to promise maturity and perhaps even youthful wisdom. But when he finally begins to talk, all you can do is cringe and pray for his silences to return. He is so astonishingly banal that you feel somehow cheated that you’ve been duped into watching his story instead of somebody else’s.…
I'm disappointed I didn't love this movie like so many others did. I can't pinpoint an exact reason why I feel this way, but I'm gonna sleep on it. I'll add things as they come to me.
I really feel like this movie could've benefited from not forcing the pop culture references down the viewers' throats. It felt like a cheap way to remind me what year it was.
I wasn't sold on Ellar Coltrane's performance during his middle school and high school years. Not that he was displaying a wide range but emotions but overall his acting felt pretty flat to me.
IT TOOK 12 YEARS TO MAKE
I could go on and on and on and on about how much I like this film, but I'll keep it brief. After watching Boyhood for the fourth time, it reassured me that this is my favorite film. The dialogue is real and the actors normal. Richard Linklater has inspired me as a filmmaker with this film.
Commentary track by Richard Linklater and others
Successful experiment. Nobody felt like a character, but more of a person. Reminds me italian neorealism "actors." I liked the focus was on the boy, but other characters had good arcs, like the mother (her last scene!), and the progress of Hawke's character. I liked the video games (N64, Wii) and other pop culture things being used as time establishments. Noticing these things and physical changes on the characters, especially towards the end, like his hairstyle, were useful and necessary to keep us, the audience, on track.
Taken in isolation most of the sections of this film seem pretty pedestrian but the resulting movie is so much more than the sum of it's parts. This is not just an interesting experiment but a great coming of age movie.
Rewatch. I though it was amazing, watching this boy go through his adolescent years. Cringed at all the his big sister's scenes though.....
Finally watched this one and at precisely the right moment I needed to. Hard to quantify. It's not a visually arresting feature, the portrayals are a bit low-key, and the writing and vignettes are standard fare. And then... you watch them literally live a life in front of your eyes. A nearly three hour film blinks by in an instant. I haven't felt this knocked about by a feature since viewing the entire "Up" docu-series in a single night.
4.5 / 5
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