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.
Boyhood is a movie masterfully made by Richard Linklater. The thought alone that it took 12 years to make is already astounding and the fact that the movie is so compelling and charming only makes it better. Boyhood, the coming of age story from our main protagonist Mason and his family. The story wonderfully balances touching and funny moments with ease. Even with his runtime of almost 3 hours, there isn't one moment when you get bored. A big surprise for me personally was the child’s acting performance which was actually very good. The mother played by Patricia Arquette also deserves a mention.
The movie being recorded over a time span of 12 years with the same actors is quite special but it is more than just special. This method really assists the movie in its authenticity because you can actually tell the difference between using the same actors as they age and switching around the actors. Furthermore, the story was a wonderfully balanced one, using the right amount of touching moments as well as joyful ones. Aside from the story, we are also presented with some great acting performances in general. I especially liked Ethan Hawke as the father, though it might just be because of dad’s soft and likeable character.
Boyhood is a piece of art and a source of inspiration with its 12 years recording time, but it is more than that. The wonderfully well written story is touching and charming yet also joyful and funny at times. The actors were all spot on great and because they kept the same actors throughout the aging process the film is so authentic. Special mentions for acting performances go out to Ellar Coltrane (as Mason) and Ethen Hawke (as dad). All this backed up by an exceptional soundtrack makes for a 3 hour movie which is exciting, emotional, funny, charming and compelling all at the same time. A must see for practically everyone.