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…
Shot over the course of twelve years, it's a (fiction) movie unlike anything you've ever seen. The movie is the very definition of "simple execution", but because of that it's very easy to see why it's special. Strongly recommended.
Despite not being as enthralled by Boyhood's content as the rest of the world has been, there is no way that I could sidestep adding it to my Top 10 list because of the sheer dedication it took Richard Linklater to make this film. Shot over 12 years with the same actors, charting their development physically and mentally in real time, this was something only a man incredibly dedicated to his craft could do. Ellar Coltrane was great in his role, his physical transformation was incredible, even if ultimately becoming shrouded in a college hipster 'finding himself' narrative at the end (and anyway, 'girlhood' would have been a much more interesting concept'), and Patricia Arquette was simply stunning in her role as their mother. Definitely a milestone in cinema that I doubt will be re-attempted soon.
12 years is a mighty long time.
Boyhood travels through 12 years of the life of a boy named Mason, taking him from the start of school to the start of college. The movie, shot over the course of a dozen years with the same actors, presents you with a child's life lived.
This was my favorite movie of 2014 and is one of my favorite movies of all time. As I type this it has been almost a year since I first saw Boyhood and I still don't have the words to describe how this movie makes me feel.
There's a sense of nostalgia (although not for the specifics of Mason's life-I was 32 when this movie started filming)…
Okay, so I was definitely a little late to the party on this one but I just watched "Boyhood" this weekend. I respect this film. I really do. However, I do believe this movie was a tad overrated. It follows the Childhood of a boy named Mason. He starts out sweet but a little troubled and as he grows he experiments with marijuana and alcohol and a bit of sex. I guess that's all a part of being a boy, right? I just wish for once a movie wouldn't take a turn like this. Also, towards the end, he turns into a "starving artist" type of guy which kinda pissed me off. Towards the end all you hear is sort…
Boyhood is a film that took around twelve years to make. Written and directed by Richard Linklater, the central idea IS that timespan. But if that was the only thing making the film worthwhile, a central gimmick that could have just as easily gone horribly wrong, then it wouldn't have been quite as well-received as it was. Thankfully, Linklater assembled a fine cast, came up with some interesting obstacles for his characters to overcome, and ended up creating something that runs for 165 minutes while never outstaying its welcome.
Ellar Coltrane plays Mason, the boy whose life viewers are invited to watch over an extended period of time. He's living with his mother (Patricia Arquette) and sister (Lorelei Linklater), enjoying…
Boyhood is a movie that makes me incredibly happy, but also mournfully sad at the same time.
Everyone praises this movie as a trip down memory lane, but me? I can't help but look at this kid's life and think about a bunch of missed opportunities in my own life. Seeing all of the little things that little Mason goes through brings a flurry of "what-ifs" to my mind. What if I did start dating my friend's sister when I was 15 instead of letting it go because that was his sister? What if I did go to that one party my friends invited me to when I was 13? What if I did show up to Homecoming when I…
My oldest son just graduated from high school. This film makes me think of him and our relationship. All the scenes between Mason and his dad feel like mine with my boy. This movie is more than a movie to me.
i had higher expectations tbh
too long but i kinda enjoyed it at some point
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!