Directed by: Richard Linklater
Starring: Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Lorelei Linklater
The most accurate way to describe Boyhood is that it’s an observation of life over a period of time. Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, the story follows Mason and charts the rocky terrain of his childhood from the age of 5 through to the age of 18 and examines his relationship with his parents as he grows.
This is independent movie making at its best, everything about the production is remarkable and ambitious and the narrative has managed to capture the bittersweet monotonous routine of everyday life without any real plot or character arcs. The actors all deliver strong performances portraying multi-dimensional characters that grew and changed over the course of the film.
However, with all of its strong points, at nearly three hours long, this is a movie that has no real plot and a lot of realism so it’s hard to feel inspired when you reach the end of it and even makes you feel slightly anticlimactic.
Verdict: This is an independent tour de force which is successful in reflecting on the humdrumness, disjointedness and uncertainties of life but be warned it’s not going to leave you with a warm fuzzy feeling, but if you want realism this is pretty much as good as it gets.