Boyhood is a 2014 American movie written and directed by Richard Linklater, of Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight fame. I have hurried to include it in my Oscars reviews this year, because it is nominated for Best Picture, and for another three important categories, Best Original Screenplay (Richard Linklater), Best Supporting Actor (Ethan Hawke) and Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette). This movie is very special because it was filmed with the same actors on a period of twelve years long. It is mostly about the growing up of a boy, from the age of six to nineteen.
[source of all pictures: imdb]
His name is Mason and is played by Ellar Coltrane. He has a sister, Samantha, played by Richard Linklater’s own daughter, Lorelei Linklater. Mother, Olivia, is Patricia Arquette, and father, named Mason as well is not present at the beginning, because they were divorced when the film started. He is actually played by Ethan Hawke, Linklater’s friend, who told him to finish the movie in case he died before Coltrane reached eighteen, or so.
It had no definitive screenplay, it was based mostly on an idea. It was filmed in Texas, the home sweet home of Linklater and his family, Ethan Hawke’s and Ellar Coltrane’s too.
Mother Olivia, is more or less single, but she takes a few decisions during this period, so she marries twice with guys who seemed reliable at the beginning, but were not. I don’t know what to say more. I can describe the movie, the whole of it in thirty words, and you won’t need to watch it. If you have almost three hours to waste, you may as well watch it, it’ll be an experience for you, boring as life, touching softly a few aspects of separately living, divorcing, parenting, alcoholism, puberty leaving, first sexual approach and so on.
Keep in mind that Hawke’s character starts as a romantic (no money in that), Arquette is an angel for everybody, appreciated by her peers, and less by her children because of the proximity.
Starring Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Lorelei Linklater, and another army or characters on which we distinguish Olivia’s other two husbands, Marco Perella and Brad Hawkins, Mason Sr’s roommate and rocker to the end friend, Charlie Sexton, and Mason Jr’s high school girlfriend, Zoe Graham.
Directed and written by Richard Linklater, a 2014 release, 165 min, and still in imdb‘s “Top 250” of Best Films of All Times, with an 8.3 out of 10 rate. A thousand time more positive than American Sniper and Gone Girl, but still far from the great award. If we consider it won the Golden Globe for Best Drama Picture, it may have a chance. I just know my favorite, but still I haven’t watched all of them.
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