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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…
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,…
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.
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…
Didn't hate it
Dad, there's no real magic in the world, right?
Uh oh-- here comes another guy who grew up at the same time as the titular Boy, who also had divorced parents and a mom who dated jerks. Doesn't hurt that Linklater's dialogue is the best around. Halo, Soljia Boy, and Vampire Weekend were all too timely for me at a point where I was reevaluating my upbringing. I really didn't want to like this movie purely for nostalgia and relatability but g-damn.
A life changing experience
So true to real life. Totally identify with the characters.
Calling it a slice of life is a little off - with this many slices, it's more like a whole pie.
My favorite film, seriously. Of all time. This floored me, being the most relatable, genuine and periodically accurate movie I've ever seen. This may be more sentimental to me than to others, so pardon that, but I haven't ever fallen in love with filmmaking like this. Groundbreaking and deeply inspiring.
This film is special in the sense that it is a technical achievement. Beyond that, Boyhood does little different to seperate itself from other films of the same genre. Admittedly, I enjoyed watching Mason grow up and his development as a person. However, Boyhood feels like its on repeat, the same plot devices are brought up more than once, making the film more of a chore. As previously mentioned, Boyhood does little different from other coming-of-age films, it frustratingly seems like that the film is shying away from doing anything original.
Despite all its flaws, Boyhood is a mostly enjoyable movie and it's certainly an achievement in cinema. However, this far from Richard Linklater's best work and it's extremely apparent that the film would have sucked if it wasn't for its main selling point.
What is incredible about the film is the way it was made, but the film alone is not a master work. That is not to say it isn't a nice little piece of cinema. I relate so very closely to the protagonist whose growth takes place during my real boyhood and many of his family problems echo the themes of mine.
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!