When Gone Girl came out four years ago, this is the film its detractors (erroneously) claimed it was. Blake Lively is the mvp, and the film is at its best whenever she's onscreen. Anna Kendrick and Henry Golding are clearly having fun, but they're too nice for the material and they can't ever convince us to root against them, which undermines several of the twists.
I'm this far behind (two weeks) logging films at Letterboxd, because of Boyhood. I've spent over a week reading positive and negative reviews, trying to pinpoint exactly why the film failed to completely work for me. I liked parts of it - mostly the parts when Mason was a child; but as a whole the film failed to engage me, and I never cared about any of the characters.
Naturally, I am surprised at my lack of enthusiasm for Boyhood,…
"What do you do? It's such a stupid question. I thought I'd ask it."
"What do you do?"
"That's such a stupid question. Just kidding. Um, it's kinda hard to explain."
"Because what you do is complicated?"
"Uh, because I don't really do it."
I can't help it; I adore this film. There's no other film I've seen that depicts the challenges of a young artist adjusting to living on their own as hilariously, poignantly, and accurately as Frances…