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Boyhood – Review


Release Date: 18th July 2014 [USA]
Director: Richard Linklater
Writer: Richard Linklater
Cast: Ellar Coltrane - Patricia Arquette - Ethan Hawke - Elijah Smith - Lorelei Linklater - Steven Chester Prince



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Posted July 31, 2014 by

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Boyhood Review:

A story about a young boy growing up; that’s the premise of Boyhood, Richard Linklater’s latest film, in which we follow Mason. Jr (Ellar Coltrane) through his life from 6 years old to 18. That spans 12 years of someone’s life and that’s just the surface of what Boyhood really is.


The best words to describe this masterpiece has to be that it’s like time-lapse photography except you watch the time-lapse of a young boy as he grows up onto the edge of adult hood as the film ends. Giving this idea seems strange at first and perhaps most wouldn’t think much of it until they realise how much production has gone into this. The film hasn’t just been shot in the space of a few months with different actors playing the main lead as they drift in and out; instead it’s been shot over the 12 years of the story starting in 2002. With that itself the film is already quite outstanding and from watching it, it actually gets more outstanding just following these characters through this life.


The film opens with 6 years old Mason. Jr who is living a simple life with mother (Patricia Arquette) and sister (played by Ricahrd Linklater’s daughter.) As the story progresses we see the characters move closer to the mother’s family; eventually as the father comes back into their life (Ethan Hawke.) In terms of story there aren’t huge plot driven elements, rather a repeated motion of events which in actual fact don’t get boring and stale. In fact it feels very much like that you are part of this family, you’re in there with them going through these changes too, having to adapt to a new living arrangement or new people in your life.


The performances are brilliant coming form these extremely young actors who surprisingly manage to come back for every year of the filming and jump straight back into character. Watching the film you can’t help but think how brilliant this piece of cinema is; how it interacts with the audience in a way and as if manages to allow you to in a peculiar way re-live your childhood.


It’s a landmark, a milestone, a standing of an event of cinema and film. This in some ways is something that has never been done nor achieved in the filmmaking world and I feel it’s something, which needs to be seen to be fully appreciated for it’s outstanding achievement.

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Matthew Reay
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