Twelve years in the making, Richard Linklater’s Boyhood follows a young kid through the early years of his life up to the start of college. We review Boyhood right here.
Having already entertained us with Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight series of films, Richard Linklater now gives us a film that took over twelve years to create. Filmed once a year for over a decade and using the same actors, Boyhood is unique.
We follow Mason Jnr (Ellar Coltrane) along with his sister Samantha (Lorelei Linklater) and their mother (Patricia Arquette) through the years; watching the kids grow up and the mother engage in a series of bad relationships. Mason and Samantha’s estranged dad (Ethan Hawke) pops up throughout, showing how unreliable he is.
The whole experience of Boyhood is fascinating, just to see the children (and adults) age through the course of the movie is something we haven’t experienced before. Don’t expect big set-pieces in Boyhood though, more like little snapshots through the years – basically checking in on everyone and seeing how they are doing over time.
Coming in at nearly three hours long, Boyhood may be a little long for some, but for those willing to sit through it all, you will come out of the side knowing you have witnessed something that has never been done before.
The drama aspect of Boyhood is decent and the parts that reel you in the most are probably the terrible relationship scenarios that Patricia Arquette’s character puts herself and the children in. Abusive drunks seem to be the main ingredient and wondering how Arquette will escape to better her family’s life is pivotal to the story.
Boyhood looks great and will surely be a favourite to win at next year’s Oscars. Should it win Best Film? Maybe. The patience and talent needed to make such a film is vast and should be commended. Linklater maybe should be a favourite to pick up the coveted Best Director award, but as for Best Film, it’s a maybe.
Either way, we recommend Boyhood to see something fresh and original.