Thursday, July 24, 2014

Boyhood


With over 100 years of films, it's extremely hard to do anything groundbreaking anymore.  But director Richard Linklater (Before Sunrise/Before Sunset/Before Midnight) has done it again with 'Boyhood'.  At face value it's just another coming of age film, spanning 12 years.  But what makes this one truly remarkable is that it was actually filmed over 12 years, with the actors returning to Galveston, Texas every year to make the next part of this epic film.  Featuring terrific performances by Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane and Lorelei Linklater (Richard's daughter), this movie isn't just about life ... it IS life.  It's Terrence Malick's 'Tree of Life' minus the pretentiousness.  It's 'The Up Series' but fictional.  And at two hours and forty four minutes, making it the longest film I've seen all year, it's shocking that it's one of the few films of the year that not only did I never once look at my watch, but I actually wanted more afterward.  This is truly something special and will surely be remembered come awards season, in one way or another.  (My prediction is Richard Linklater will win Best Director and the film might snag a nomination for Best Picture.)

Grade: A+

Who is this movie for?  It's a must see for those who enjoy a good coming of age film, with no action, explosions, twists, or major surprises.  It's just plain life.  And truly captivating.

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