Unique and ambitious idea to film a movie with the same cast over 12 years but this was slow at times especially in the 2nd half. I kept waiting for something to happen, nothing ever did. Just the story of a boy named Mason from the age of 7 to when he goes to college. He deals with his parents divorce, adjusts to new stepfamilies and explores his own identity. No antagonists except a couple of drunk, abusive step dads. Ethan Hawke & Patricia Arquette do a great job as flawed but realistic parents.
A clever flowing narrative of life though. No dates or times or given to show the passage of time you just figure it out by changes and aging faces. Ultimately I came away from this underwhelmed especially after all the hype. I think I was meant to feel nostalgic but mostly meh.
Action / Drama
Action / Drama
Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater's BOYHOOD is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason's parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister Samantha, BOYHOOD charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before. Snapshots of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and graduations and all the moments in between become transcendent, set to a soundtrack spanning the years from Coldplay's Yellow to Arcade Fire's Deep Blue. BOYHOOD is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting.
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October 30, 2014 at 10:52 PM