- Starring: Bonnie Cross, Elijah Smith, Ellar Coltrane, Ellar Salmon, Ethan Hawke, Libby Villari, Lorelei Linklater, Marco Perella, Patricia Arquette, Steven Chester Prince
- Summary: 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 (Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason's parents andFilmed 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 (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 and is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting. [IFC Films]… Expand
Positive: 49 out of 49
Mixed: 0 out of 49
Negative: 0 out of 49
The greatest movies, the ones that stick with us, are those that hold up a mirror to the human condition and reflect something back at us that we too often manage to overlook. Boyhood is one of those movies, and with it Linklater proves he is among the best practitioners of that art.
On rare occasions a movie seems to channel the flow of real life. Boyhood is one of those occasions. In its ambition, which is matched by its execution, Richard Linklater's endearing epic is not only rare but unique.
Jan 18, 2015I didn't know what to expect from this story about growing up, life and humanity in general shot over the period of 12 years with the sameI didn't know what to expect from this story about growing up, life and humanity in general shot over the period of 12 years with the same cast and has been garnering rave reviews.
With that premise and clocking in at around 2 hours & 45 mins, I reckoned it would be boring to say the least. It was anything but that. I neither felt the time fly away nor did I wanted this to end.
My favorite movie genres pretty much reflect that I watch movies to experience fiction - be a part of something that just won't happen in real life (at least not according to what we know as of now).
But this movie proved that our 'ordinary' lives are far more interesting than we give credit for.
It is one of those movies every time you watch it after awhile, your perception of it will change and you will probably reflect your own life in it. I was pleasantly surprised about how hard it hit home at some parts.
This 'Technical Masterpiece' wouldn't be complete without top notch acting all round and its narrative prowess. It is not just some movie that took twelve years to shoot, it is much more than that. I'm sure it will be a Classic in the future.… Expand
Aug 20, 2014Absolutely spectacular. The film itself is genius--- same actors over 12 years. You as the viewer are able to experience the same people grow,Absolutely spectacular. The film itself is genius--- same actors over 12 years. You as the viewer are able to experience the same people grow, discover, and learn just as you have and continue to do. This film displays events and characteristics that absolutely anyone of any niche, background, or culture can relate to--- domestic abuse, failed marriages, step-parents, single parenting, sexual growth, intellectual growth, moral discovery, curiosity, failure, laziness, motivation, and much more. This film is the perfect representation of the modern Western struggle, which differs greatly from that of other cultures. I give this film a well-deserving 10/10. This film was not meant to be action packed with unrealistic events; that is not the point. It is an honest experience that people should watch to relate to.… Expand
Jul 11, 2014A boy enjoying pictures of women in swimwear with his friends. A boy being devastated after having his mane cut off. A boy debating theA boy enjoying pictures of women in swimwear with his friends. A boy being devastated after having his mane cut off. A boy debating the necessity of Facebook with his high school girlfriend. In all honesty, Boyhood is a rather apt title for this film. But it could just as well hold the name of another picture currently running in cinemas: Life Itself. That simple yet profound thing is what lies at the core of Richard Linklater’s unique 12-year-spanning story and makes it relatable for everyone, regardless of sex, age group, descent, social status, or character. Linklater lets his audience live through the fun and the pain, the love and the misery, and the excitement and the disappointment of his protagonist Mason with yet another wonderful screenplay in his repertoire and an unspectacular but still extraordinary way of directing. Leaving the cinema, it’s hard to grasp one has just spent the better part of an evening in front of a screen, but at the same time, there’s also a feeling of having relived your own adolescence along with Mason.… Expand
Sep 25, 2014The name 'boyhood' is kind of misleading although the movie's shown
only about the boyhood of Mason until he goes for his graduation to someThe name 'boyhood' is kind of misleading although the movie's shown
only about the boyhood of Mason until he goes for his graduation to some college and get interested in photography.
Critics really liked more than people do! Because the project had
enough risks for a successful execution but Richard Linklater did it,
its really something that have never seen before something unique and
risky. From 2002 to 2013 total of 45 days of shooting until the boy
grew up from his age 7 to 18. Such a long contract with the crew and if
Richard dies then who'd manage the such long project! Of course Ethan
Hawke, one of Richard's favorites but Linklatet did it. It shows what
happens to our life with every passing time and according to him
nothing. You grow up, you struggle, you baffled, you are taken care of
then fall in love, get married, have kids..and what happens? Life goes
on...but nothing really happens. To illustrate this he took the life of
a 7 years kid, Coltrane and changed his name to Mason in the movie. I
like Ethan Hawke, he's the first choice of Richard's movies especially
for his before sunrise series, most of Richard's movies which are
usually dramatic so Ethane was perfect to be a jobless dad who tries to
direct the right path for his son and every year with Coltrane he shot
I really like the father-son scenes in which they talk about everything
and Mason gets advices from his father. They talked about movies like
star wars if there's a possibility of it to another one and that
happened too, what they predicted in 2008 that came true!!, brilliant.
Excellent achievement of the director and how realistic the movie
is,what a potential remains in the movie! 12 year project doesn't or
couldn't contain some top rated actors especially the theme
character,Mason. Coltrane was a risky, unpredictable one. I can't say
he did that great as the movie deserves but It was such a great risk if
the main character would have failed! But he did well not like the
growing characters of harry potter movies but OK for the slow soothing
unpredictable 12 years project. Various changes in a decade can happen!
That altered number of changes to Mason, in her character, attitude.
Except him even in our life cool electronics stuffs like no one uses
the old phones or old vintage saloon cars new smartphones and beautiful
cars are everywhere. His dad finally sells his Pontiac GTO although he
loves that! There's something called emotional attachment, kids are
like that! Especially kids are attached, so Mason stared a horrible
perplexed look at his dad's most loved car when he sold that so he
could by a new car for his son when he turns to 16. Again, a baffled
look while her mother meets the professor, Bill and talks like she's
getting attached to him Why does that happen? Doesn't dad love his mom,
but its the responsibility the capability that control's you and like
every creatures on the earth human too get attached to those who can
give them a better environment and then what happens? Nothing! Life
goes on. This is the most important essence the movie stands upon.
Nothing really happens in the movie. His mom then gets married to
another guy till she stands upon her own feet becomes what she wanted
to be and then in the ends she asks what shall happen to her, she
sacrificed most of his life for her kids and in the end what happens to
her? Of course, the answer is nothing. But 2hr 45min can be really boring if you're not that into drama movies or even if you are you can still feel it because of this boring but true factor 'nothing'. There isn't anything in the storyline to be entertained or inspiring but the direction and the labour in the movie, the time it took the pain isn't that possible for every directors. Its a new style a unique and significant one of movie direction. That's what everyone loves about. The story isn't epic rather boring, the actors aren't that great rather unknown, the movie is what that everyone's life is about, nothing but the project is fascinating yet magnificent by Richard Linklater.… Expand
Aug 31, 2014This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I will be very disappointed if this film wins the best picture academy award... it was a real downer for me... o.k.... but, not at all what I was hoping for... in fact, I was rooting for the girl who dumped he main character when she did.... and hated the mescaline induced ending...… Expand
Jan 23, 2015Boyhood is a coming of age film directed by Richard Linklater which is over two hours long and let me tell you, it was 12 years for absolutelyBoyhood is a coming of age film directed by Richard Linklater which is over two hours long and let me tell you, it was 12 years for absolutely nothing. all the young actors are more or less incredibly lifeless and Ellar Coltrane goes from being a innocent kid to a miserable and pathetic young man who looks like a druggie Justin Bieber. it was super duper **** and the only good thing was the actress who played mason's mother who was really acting and showing some emotion. Boyhood is a film for poor butt sucking critics who lives are terrible and can relate with a film that gives a dark view on how life is really terrible. I can't believe that rotten tomatoes and metacritic gave this film high scores, either because they don't know what real films or they just have their heads up their prideful asses. Boyhood is a disgrace to modern day cinema and is the absolute worst and I mean worst film of 2014.… Expand
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