19 Feb

MV5BMTYzNDc2MDc0N15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwOTcwMDQ5MTE@._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_AL_Nominations: Best Picture, Supporting Actor (Ethan Hawke), Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette), Directing (Richard Linklater), Film Editing, and Original Screenplay (Richard Linklater)

The life of a young man, Mason, from age 5 to age 18. (IMDb)

So. Here’s the thing. This is a high concept movie that was pulled off. I mean that as a compliment. We see the actor (Ellar Coltrane) literally and figuratively grow up, and it’s fascinating. In a way, we also see Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette grow and change not only as their characters, but as people. Like I said, it’s interesting to watch and kudos to Richard Linklater and his team for making it happen. That being said, I think if you take the gimmick of the concept away, if this was just a normal movie and they filmed it all in a year or two, I don’t think it would be receiving as many accolades. It meanders a bit, especially in the late grade school/middle school stage. Plus, they gave Patricia Arquette basically the same storyline three times. She just had a different haircut each time. Then, at the end, she has this great monologue about milestones in life and it really pulled everything together and put the whole movie in a certain perspective. But then it randomly cuts away and we never see Patricia Arquette again and he goes to college and falls for a girl he meets in his first 30 seconds on campus. So, I guess I was looking for a more poignant ending perhaps? Nevertheless, this is still worth a watch for it’s concept.


Note: A piece of trivia that I loved: The girl he meets at the end is the same girl that passed him the note about his hair in grade school. So. That was a nice touch.


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2 responses to “Boyhood

  1. jayesmovies

    February 20, 2015 at 7:30 am

    I wonder if this film would have been any different if it was not shot over 12 years. Nonetheless this was a great film

    • jeleff11

      February 20, 2015 at 6:32 pm

      I had the same thought. Honestly? I don’t think it would have been quite as poignant. It just would have been vaguely interesting.


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