Richard Linklater's Boyhood is a coming-of-age drama that the director spent twelve years making. He cast a young boy, Ellar Coltrane, and shot the film a few days at a time for over a decade so that he could capture how his leading actor, and the rest of his cast, aged. The film's story simply follows a boy named Mason (Coltrane) as he progresses from age 6 to 18 and deals with the typical travails of childhood like his parents' divorce, bad stepparents, falling in love, finding his artistic voice, and fighting with his bratty older sister. Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette co-star as Mason's parents. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
Director: Richard Linklater
Cast: Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Lorelei Linklater, Steven Prince, Libby Villari
Release Date: Jul 11, 2014
Rated R for Sexual References, Language and Teen Drug and Alcohol Use
Runtime: 2 hr. 42 min.
Richard Linklater’s audacious cinematic experiment is truly unlike anything you’ve seen before in a movie. It’s a ground breaking experience that truly takes us through a journey that all of can relate to. At its core it’s a fairly straightforward film about the ups and downs of life but by letting us see the growth and aging of the cast of as a whole, it creates a certain singular effect as you watch the film. Ellar Coltrane is truly authentic and effective as Mason from childhood up through the film’s finale. Occasionally there’s some chunkiness’ in his delivery but overall it’s an impressive coup all things considered. Patricia Arquette really shines as his mother as we follow her journey throughout the twelve years covered. She brings a high level of believability and honesty to the role that’s hard to pull off. Ethan Hawke is equally impressive while working with much less screen time. The characters transformation is impressive and believable mainly due to Hawke’s impressive work. The story is anything but idyllic and while some of the relationships presented do tend to follow a certain routine it never feels inorganic or cheap. Linklater has a certain ability to capture reality on celluloid much like he’s done before on his Before series and he’s done it here with this masterpiece.