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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…
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,…
Boyhood, or An Excruciatingly Overlong Celebration of Suburban Mediocrity, is an aimless and outwardly ambitionless film, much like its central character, whose name doesn’t matter because he always remains a stranger to us anyway. It celebrates the coming-of-age of a perfectly normal boy who, by the end of the film, looks ready to grow into yet another struggler. Okay.
Initially, Mason’s passivity seems interesting, if only because his silence seems to promise maturity and perhaps even youthful wisdom. But when he finally begins to talk, all you can do is cringe and pray for his silences to return. He is so astonishingly banal that you feel somehow cheated that you’ve been duped into watching his story instead of somebody else’s.…
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Una película de casi 3 horas y cuyo único argumento es "la vida de un chico" no parece, a simple vista, muy atractiva. Obviamente, si hay algo que llama la atención de Boyhood es la peculiaridad de su realización, pero pensándolo bien esto no deja de ser un bonito detalle que, aunque ayuda a inmiscuirse en la historia que se nos cuenta, no se antoja imprescindible.
Una vez vista, puedo decir que tiene bastantes virtudes que la hacen disfrutable, y probablemente sus únicos defectos sean los ya mencionados: la larga duración (algo probablemente ineludible dadas las características del proyecto) y la ausencia de un auténtico argumento. Bueno, quizá también mencionaría como…
Two years later and the film still holds up but clearly not as revelatory an experience. Hope time is kind to this one.
Boyhood is a pretty special ride from the creative mind of Richard Linklater. I've been holding off watching this for too long a time because of the film's running time.
Funny how time flew by while watching it.
While the director's idea was an interresting one, the problem with this movie is that it's only good point is a gimmick: that of filming for many many years. Sadly, I feel that the movie didn't really had a storyline, which made it feel like the movie was going on forever and ever. The lack of plot also makes this movie very forgettable.
Rewatched for Criterion Collection release. The way the film bends our perception of time, intertwining fictional and nonfictional narrative, is perhaps one of the greatest magic tricks ever performed by a filmmaker. I fell even more deeply in love with this film now two years later, and it will probably forever have a special place in my heart. Boyhood is to be watched, felt, and considered in a way that is unique within cinema.
i just... i cant believe they spent 12 years making this goddamn movie only for mason to end up becoming a boring stoner kid
boyhood or, the movie mason directed about himself to make him seem #deep
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