My Take – It may seem impossible on paper, but Richard Linklaster used the same actors & to authentically capture 12 years of life experiences into a beautiful and moving 3 hour film which, I have to admit, there was not a moment of this film I could have done without. The best thing about “Boyhood” is that it relies on life as its main plot point, not just the characters and their motivations. Like life, they change as the years go by – in spirit and in goals.
For young children coming of age, their youth is a turbulent time – full of raging hormones and confused emotions, questioning themselves about their place in this life – you only live once, so they say. The actors deliver an outstanding performance. Ellar Coltrane is simply stupendous. As you watch his transformation before your eyes, his subtle and restrained performance will floor you, scene after scene, year after year. It’s astounding how Coltrane interprets young Mason as a boy, bringing him through adolescence with grace, and then fully realizes what kind of man he has become. Ethan Hawke continues to be one of the more undervalued and underutilized actors working today. Hawke shines once again, involving both mind and spirit, into a man we may know all too well. Patricia Arquette ignites the spirit in a performance that should land her an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Arquette’s beautiful yet exhilarating turn often feels like riding on the edge of a cliff, unsure if we’re going in, but even more excited just to be on the ride with her. Pure and raw talent exists in her, and it’s been worth the wait to finally witness it all unravel.Richard Linklater casts his daughter Lorelei Linklater to play Samantha, Mason’s older sister. Without even realizing or thinking about it, you secretly and solemnly fall in love with her transformation from girl to woman. She is every bit as brilliant as any person in the cast, delivering on all beats, allowing her awkward yet sweet demeanor to pierce through yet not forgetting her annoyance and overbearing nature in which she came.
In essence, Linklater’s Boyhood is a must-see film for any lover of the movies. It’s the type of film that was imagined when they invented film. Pure awesomeness!!!
Director – Richard Linklater
Rated – R
Run Time – 165 minutes