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.
I saw Boyhood back in July of 2014 and I didn't want to say too much when I first saw it but I've now had a couple of months to think about the film and I think it's now time to put pen to paper and write a fully fleshed out review on what might be, one of the best films I've ever seen. Now I've been a longtime fan of director Richard Linklater, I've loved almost every film he's done. There's been a few films that I didn't care for but I think the ones that are good overshadow the ones that aren't. So it's safe to say, he is one of my favorite directors. His films feel so…
The quintessential coming of age film. Boyhood is truly a unique piece of filmmaking.
Life inspires art. Art imitates life. But where it truly makes our heart sing is when they both meet at the intersection for it is in that moment when we get to experience the best of both. In a time when most films being released are either sequels, prequels, remakes or starting points of new franchises, there finally comes a picture which stands completely alone but nonetheless reaffirms the faith that the cinematic art form is all but lost.
For its ambition alone, Richard Linklater's Boyhood deserves a special mention for what we have here is the quintessential coming-of-age story that captures the process of growing up unlike anything done, seen or experienced before in film history, is the closest…
A great challenge in direction
"You don't want the bumpers. Life doesn't give you bumpers."
Trying to write a review of Boyhood feels almost futile. I could probably write pages of things that I love about the film without ever really capturing what makes it so special.
Filmed piece by piece over the course of 12 years, using the same actors, Boyhood tells the story of Mason (filmed from the ages of 6-18), his sister and his divorced parents. The reality of what is captured here is incredible. The small, incidental, almost mundane moments of life are perfectly represented. The reality of transitioning through childhood is treated perfectly. There is no great focus on anything here. Nothing overblown. Nothing filmed nor played for too much…
I hope there would be more movies like this.
Ellar Coltrane was 7 when the movie project was started and 18 when the filming was finished. That lets us see a very delicate story about the growth of the main character, Mason. Not the usual youngest Mason, young Mason and teen Mason and adult Mason being portrayed by four different actors. The time can actually be seen obviously in aging og Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette.
But to be frank, that would have been a possibility. The choice to make the film as it is certainly makes it more unique.
However, I think that the movie would have been good anyways. It is extremely relatable since aren't we all a bit lost in this life. It is unusually truthful to actual life and that is the thing that this movie should be remembered for.
Possibly my favourite film of 2014. Moving, funny, brilliantly acted and really well shot. Not even the length of the film (166 minutes) put me off. Paced terrifically and each stage of each character's life gently flowed into the next, you didn't need to be told what had happened between the gaps, only to know that one was there.
This film is incredible. An absolutely beautiful tale of life in its simplest form. A gentle and tender film that pushes its gaze onto the life of a young boy through childhood. A parade of important milestones and moments, this is a film that looks at time and life itself as something of a collection of high points and low points throughout life. Wrapped in warmth and humanity and tackling relationships, the star of this film truly are the relationships characters build. This is a film that is a view of life itself, a film which absorbs you into its beautiful world of childhood. The way it tackles characters and people we build close bonds, is unique, inventive and original as the film is itself: shot over twelve years, this is a film that is food for the soul. Packed with heart and shot with a visual flair, this is a film which is destined to become a classic.
An only slightly underwhelming critical darling, I found it to be incredibly pleasant and nostalgic. Solid acting and realistic twists. Definitely enjoyable.
I was deeply disappointed by this. I wanted so badly for it to be good and to live up to everything that I had heard about it.
Aside from the impressive feat of maintaining the same cast and vision over 12 years of filming, this film didn't contain much of anything more than a typical coming-of-age story. The first hour was engaging, but everything past began to be bogged down by cliche-after-cliche. While the film didn't have a bad element, that was essentially the problem. It was ordinary and nondescript in almost every way.
Patricia Arquette was a saving grace, providing tenderness and honesty to every scene she was in. She was the emotional core of this film, without which would have lacked a pulse entirely.
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