Boyhood, a recurring film in many nomination categories for the 2015 award season, transcends the world of cinema in just 166 minutes, and captures the viewers with Rotten Tomatoes’ description of the film: “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.” Every viewer will be able to take something away from this film because Boyhood is unique in all aspects whether it be the music soundtrack or how perfectly technology is captured in a twelve year span.
The coming-of-age film has been impacting the lives of all its viewers since July 11th, 2014, and has become increasingly more popular in the past few weeks for the success it has had in its nominations. What brings a new twist to Linklater’s directing career is Linklater’s daughter, Lorelei Linklater, who plays Samantha, the sister of the main character, Mason (Ellar Coltrane). Moreover, with the film’s focus on family it was a clever decision to have the director’s daughter be casted.
What makes Boyhood one of my favorite movies is that it makes me feel like I get to relive my own childhood and adolescence. I get to revisit the music, the technology, and the current events of my youth and every other American 90′s baby in twelve years through the main character Mason. Moreover, this film is appealing to everyone because it captures the essence of the life of an American child and teenager which is relatable to all since it covers a wide range of themes: divorce, bullying, alcohol abuse, financial struggles, leaving home for the first time, moving, and more.
The movie is set in Texas and captures the time between the years of 2002-2014. Mason, the centralized character, along with his family is featured in a film that captures the highs and lows of family, many “firsts” for him, and the power that growing up has on children. Though it may not seem like plenty of action occurs in the film, it’s the sentiment and realism that fortifies this film into a truly remarkable work.
The cast of Boyhood provides just the right amount of diversity. With Emmy, Golden Globe, and Academy Award nominated actress Patricia Arquette, who is a familiar face to Hollywood, to a fresh face like Ellar Coltrane, who is is just making his footing in the cinematic world, creates a parallelism that bolsters the film as a whole. With close familial ties to the director to actors and actress’ who were unfamiliar to Linklater creates a nice balance for Boyhood.
Boyhood is for anyone who is feeling nostalgic about their childhood. In fact, this movie is for the person who wants to see a realistic portrayal of growing up and figuring out who you are. The cast and crew have a knack for highlighting the small yet prominent parts of growing up whether that be the awkwardness of meeting a new boy or girl or the awful feeling when you go to middle school with a bad haircut. Boyhood has it all.