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…
Don't take this the wrong way, letterboxd, as I really liked the characters in this, especially Ellar Coltrane and Lorelei Linklater's roles, but this film kind of made me feel better about not having children. (I also think it's interesting I related to the parental characters as much as the adolescent ones)
Wow. I've been putting off seeing this film because I wasn't sure if it was going to be my cup of tea. It is now one of my favorite films. This is by far the most unique movie I have seen - it is extraordinary to be able to see the actors grow right before you, it makes it feel all the more real. A lot of movies that try to recreate what life is like for kids makes me go "okay, no kid would ever say/do that", same with teenagers...but this didn't. It is very real, and I am so glad I gave it a shot.
The first time I saw this, I was so overly concerned with the hype and waiting for it to hit all the cliche coming-of-age moments and the "let's see how this compares to my own childhood" bullshit, that I never really stopped to let the film wash over me. Yeah, I scored it high, but I couldn't explain why. But I think I know now. The whole movie is the most perfect representation of life: It's long but goes by very quickly, nothing much happens and yet so much happens, and in the end all you're left wondering is...well, "I thought there'd be more."
An extraordinary look at adolescent life, Boyhood is an artistic achievement like no other; it is the coming-of-age story where we actually watch the main character come of age. Literally. Filmed over twelve years, filming only a handful of days each year, Richard Linklater creates the cinematic equivalent of a 12-year-long patchwork quilt, sewing raw, vibrant, moving moments together in the most creative and beautiful of ways.
Boyhood's lead character is Mason (Ellar Coltrane), a boy who lives with his sister Samantha (Lorelei Linklater, the director's own daughter) and his mother Olivia (Patricia Arquette). We watch as Mason grows before our very eyes; we watch Mason and his family pack-up and move all over Texas; we watch as various characters…
That was such an experience. I recommend seeing this film, it was just phenomenal.
A film I appreciate far from than I enjoyed but what I am nevertheless glad that I saw, at least this once. The entire cast are brilliant and there are several sweet moments, but I couldn't help but want a bit more story and a bit more power. For a movie that was described as "beautiful" and "spell-bounding" and to have such a profound trailer, I have to say I was expecting a bit more than what I got. Still I appreciate movies that tap into the reality of life and depict normal everyday things. As Kyle Kalligren heartbreakingly said in his review of the film when discussing what most narrative movies are like, that those movies have "Poetic justice…
I just finished watching Boyhood and I still feel like I have these feelings I am unable to process. This film is not about a plot, it isn't about a single character, it is more about growth than anything else. Each character in this family grows in some way or another but this film really drives home the idea that growth doesn't happen when reaching a certain age or meeting a life goal.
By the end of the film, I feel like I knew the joys and sorrows of the entire family because the vignettes that appear years apart from one another make it feel like you are a family friend dropping in to visit. The film was close to three hours but it really didn't feel it. I think I need to reflect on this and give it a re-watch before I can fully comprehend what I've experienced.
Boyhood is incredibly watchable, and got better the second time I saw it. I love Linklater's ear for conversation. You know you're watching a Linklater film as soon as you hear the dialogue. Boyhood leans heavily on Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette's characters and performances, but they are absolutely up to the task. I love their transformations over the course of the film as much as I love the kids' transformations.
Watching the film, it got me thinking: isn't it true, in observing the parent characters grow, mature, and age, how un-static parents themselves are. Kids want stability in their parents and they imagine their parents have grown into particular people and they want to depend on their parents staying…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!