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…
Exceptionall film about life is just perfect,a wonderful work by director Richard Linklater.
The best thing the film has going for it is its unique approach--it's pretty awesome to see the characters growing up before your eyes. However, it's easy to tell that the script has been thrown together and many of the scenes are uninteresting and dull. Despite its lack of plot, the film did stay in my head longer than I had expected it to. Boyhood is an admirable film, but not one I'd want to see again!
Wow, what a boring film. I like the idea but nothing happens! Absolute waste of time.
I like to think of Boyhood as a series of flashbacks, and the only part of the movie that takes place in the present is the millisecond before it cuts to black.
Watching Boyhood in real time is a bad idea. Started it last year, and I'm only about 15 minutes in. Should be finishing up this movie around 2026. I'll let you know what I thought of it.
Man, this is so close to a 5 star film for me it hurts, and maybe after one more viewing it'll finally achieve that. I feel like a gained a lot this rewatch. On first viewing, I could pick out all the little character nuances and important moments, continually thinking "wow, that was a really great scene". However, it wasn't until now that Boyhood really drove home its miraculous sense of cohesiveness and emotional impact. Some monologues, especially the one in the dark room and, obviously, Olivia's at the end, really hit home this time. This also applies to the ending, which I admittedly wasn't too fond of the first time, but now it all makes sense to me. Life is all about the moments, and this movie encapsulates this thought perfectly.
Boyhood is the film by Richard Linklater that took 12 years to make and follows Mason, a young boy that you see experience some of the most important moments of his life. First off, the fact that these people had the balls to actually take 12 years (which is almost as long as I've been alive!) to shoot this movie and it really payed off. Seeing these actors (especially the kids) grow up right in front of you helps emphasize the film's message about growing up and just life in general. Not to mention that the acting is great, the directing is great, the dialogue is great, but without a doubt my favorite thing about this film is the lessons…
Profound and thought provoking dialogues. The film made me reflect on my own coming-of-age experience. As the credit rolls, I already feel deeply attached to the characters.
More of a coming-of-age chronicle than a plot-driven film, the way BOYHOOD was made (with the same actors over a 12-year period) makes for interesting and unique viewing, as the cast "age before your eyes", and the different stages of the kids' lives ring true - as well as the changes their parents undergo - during the movie's running time. From its reasonably 'experimental' aspect, the film pretty much works and, on the whole, I did like it.
However ...the son - the main role, as referred to in the title - when he reaches his mid-teens becomes a bit of a tedious bore, for me; Linklater has him (as played by Ellar Coltrane) speak the director's trademark brand…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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