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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…
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,…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
(originally written in early 2015)
Boyhood gets a lot of credit for its unconventional approach to filmmaking, filming over the course of twelve years, showing the characters age as the actors do in real time. But that’s only a small fraction of the this movie.
First of all, that premise isn’t entirely new. The Seven Up series did something pretty similar and reached even farther. It’s not even that new for director Richard Linklater, as the Before trilogy had some of the same elements.
Boyhood doesn’t succeed just because of its conceit–it’s what it uses the conceit to accomplish.
It’s easy to think of Boyhood as a movie about growing up, but really about aging, the distinction being that the…
I guess I missed the point of this. Was like watching home movies of a really boring and uninteresting family. Very well acted though!
I made it 2 minutes in
I needed to watch this movie. I'm at a weird point in my life right now where things don't really make sense. Thank you Linklater for making this masterpiece that speaks to so many people on so many levels.
Hands down one of the best of the decade.
I mentioned that Grand Budapest had something in common with another film from 2014. In fact, I remember a pretty sharp divide between critics who couldn't decide if GBH or Boyhood should be best of the year. I'm with the former, but I definitely like Linklater's experiment with filming segments of a boy's life over a 12 year period. If anything, it validates all the awards for Patricia Arquette. It's also fun to see the director capturing history, the changes of technology and customs. (On a personal note, I'd have been fine if the movie was just Ethan Hawke and his son predicting the future of Star Wars while eating s'mores around a campfire). All in all, Boyhood is a…
Life and Love. <3
I feel like the overall fascinating thing about the film is the progression of time using the same actor. Linklater's dedication and commitment to the film shines through more than any other aspect of the story.
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