The best that cinema has had to offer since 2000 as picked by 177 film critics from around the world.…
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…
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.
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,…
made me feel like I was creeping on someone's life; like my eyes were seeing events and everyday struggles they weren't meant to see
Greatest character arcs in the history of film since they grow, literally before our eyes. Linklater catches a period of time like no other director working today. A master of his craft.
I'm impressed by the effort that went into the making of this film. 12 years is a hell of a long time to slowly piece together a film but it really did pay off. It's not a masterpiece but it is a great experience.
Boyhood is completely mundane and I understand why people found it boring, but I wouldn't have it any other way. It's original and realistic and doesn't need to go out of the way to prove some big point because the proof is in the pudding. I found it very interesting just to watch the characters grow and see them react to different situations, evolve and grow. Seeing someone grow up in front of you like…
Boyhood really is the best documentation of life because half way through you really just want it to end
Yeah, I know.
This started out reeeeally strong, for about the first third. But once our lead starts to grow up, it goes downhill, for one, because Richard Linklatter has no idea how to write teenage drama without falling into blatant cliches. Is there a bully knocking into the protagonist and blaming it on him? Check. Is there a "what, you're not gonna drink" part? Check. Is there a "I've slept with a girl before" (even though I haven't) part? Check. I get that it's supposed to be relatable, but at least disguise it in a way that doesn't resemble a cheesy video you play in a middle school health class. In fact, the writing and acting about…
I liked it conceptually but I wouldn't watch it again
It's built on a gimmick, and throughout its first half it pretty much calls attention to that in every scene. Like in the way it makes sure it throws in nods to the music, or a books or the politics of each age. It just didn't come off organic and real for me, it was like Richard Linklater was ticking off a checklist... Bullies, abusive step-fathers, Harry Potter, Britney Spears, check, check, check and check. But it leads to nothing of significance. The plotting and characterization is paper thin and it wasn't until the kid got older and it focuses on him, rather than the stunt, that it actually became something I could enjoy as a real motion picture. Even…
Wow, what a lazy filmmaker Linklater is. 12 years to finish a movie? Only shooting for a few days out of every other year or two?
Just playing. Anyway, I guess from a technical standpoint, doing that and still ending up with a cohesive, seamless product is very impressive. The characters and the world evolve together, jumping forward into the future quickly and without warning. Understandably there are too many milestones to cover in boyhood.
However, gimmick aside, I have to concede that I was mostly underwhelmed by the storytelling side of things. Like in life, there is no plot here, which is fine with me as long as the truth and power in human behavior makes up for it.…
What a journey!
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