Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
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…
EXT. OUTSIDE FRONT DOOR - DAY
Carrying their final belongings from inside the house, they slowly exit the front door and head over to the car.
Okay, let's go, 'cause I wanna get there before it gets dark.
Goodbye yard, goodbye crepe myrtle, goodbye mailbox. Goodbye box of stuff Mommy won't let us take with us but we don't wanna throw away. Goodbye house, I'll never like mommy as much for making us move.
Samantha! Why don't you say goodbye to that little horseshit attitude? Okay? 'Cause we're not taking that in the car.
Like, don't hate me for what I'm about to say, but I thought this movie was incredibly... boring!
I do, of course, admire the dedication and effort put into this, and I loved the fact that they used the same actors throughout the film, but honestly I found the story way too bland. And the kid turned to be a little unlikeable, I think... I dunno... Maybe I'd been wanting to see this for so long that my expectations were too high. First and last.
It really annoys me in films when there's flashbacks or when the characters grow up and the actors they've chosen to play the older or younger character looks nothing like the original. So I appreciate that aspect in this movie obviously because it is the same actors the whole way through. The plot of this movie is a little dry and although i understand that it is difficult to engage the viewer for a good 3 hours or so, towards the end of the movie, it dragged on making it difficult for me to devote 100% attention when watching it. Also, as he gets older, Masons character become dull and pretentious in my opinion. Like I said before, the storyline is relatively weak but i'd say it's still worth a watch. However I personally would not watch it a second time.
Though it's an outstanding work of film, full of outstanding performances, and a one-of-a-kind 12 year production, I must say that in the end I was unsatisfied by the second half. The film takes all it has going for it and sort of slows to a boring stop without much of a "coming of age" actualization. Not only that, but it takes a weird turn with how our main character turns out. He gets into a weird and unwelcoming personality and that just made it hard to enjoy at the credits began to roll. Even still, I won't deny Linklater's art along with the outstanding performances from Arquette and Hawk.
Presumably because "Parenthood" was already taken.
Quite amazed at the depth it can offer with such a simple layout.
I was bored at first but then yes it tells a very meaningful and deep story about life's ordinary moments which everyone can relate to
I get it, people have different views on different films, and sometimes you love something that people hate, and sometimes you hate the film that everyone seems to be raving about. Personal taste, it's great, isn't it?
Why am I going off on this tangent, you ask? Well, because, as I say, I understand we all like different films, in fact that's something I find incredibly exciting, however, on a very rare occasion, a film comes along that it seems utterly absurd that there is anyone who doesn't love it, and that film for me is Boyhood.
Aside from the fact that the premise alone is breathtaking, intelligent, daring, rare and quite simply genius, Boyhood has done what all of…
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