Written and Directed by Richard Linklater
Starring: Ellar Coltrane, Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, Lorelei Linklater.
I must say, this movie was special in some way. It took some time to sink in, but once you think about it, it’s actually pretty cool and unique.
The film was shot over an eleven-year period from May 2002 to October 2013. It’s a film with series of short films where we see Mason Jr. (Ellar Coltrane) grow up in a period of 12 years.
The first thing I noticed was that the dialogue in this movie is excellent once again from Richard Linklater. I’m a big fan of his ‘Before Trilogy’ and regard those movies as one of the best romantic dramas ever and definitely one of the best dialogue movies in recent history. Boyhood had that same feeling, only what made it special was that you can actually see the characters grow up an arc. That is what the movie tries to teach you, that life is just a series of milestones that you create. Those milestones are so important in the course of your life because that defines of who we are. Each character carries that in this movie. You get to know what happened with each character as it jumps through time.
During the screening a lot of people were annoyed about the long runtime (2hrs and 45min) and asking what the hell is the point is of this movie. After the movie people were actually saying that if the movie wasn’t made over the course of 12 years, this movie would just be a dumb pointless movie. I can get that, but again the fact that it makes it so special is the message it tries to deliver, how the characters develop over a course of 12 years. It’s a movie that you must go all in to the characters and after the movie you must think about it and let it sink in to you what it all actually meant to you. How was your boy/girl hood? What are your milestones in that period? Did it make you the person that you are now? Did it make you a good or a bad person? Who do you blame for it? It’s those kind of questions that should pop in your head when you see this film. The movie will then sink in to your head and you will understand the movie.
The performances are great by everyone, maybe the acting of Ellar Coltrane and Lorelei Linklater when they were young was a bit cheesy and mostly out of focus sometimes. But you see it grow on them over the years. The cinematography and soundtrack were good enough, not that special really. But again the writing is excellent by Linklater, and I’m looking forward to what he does next.
Boyhood gets an 8/10.