Boyhood Review

Boyhood-300wGRADE: A-




Boyhood is an outstanding movie,  filmed over the course of twelve years. The acting was stellar in this almost documentary feeling drama. Ethan Hawke showed his greatest performance I’ve seen him do yet, and he perfectly captured all of his character’s essence. Ellar Coltrane also did a great job, he played Mason, the protagonist, we see him grow up in a way that looks nothing but natural. The audience is carried through all of his milestones and he was great at making it seem like we were experiencing all of these milestones with him. Patricia Arquette was great as Mason’s mother (especially in a talk with her and Mason at the end of the movie) and she had great chemistry with her character’s kids. Lorelei Linklater, who was a first time actress and the director’s daughter also did a great job as the sister. Their sibling rivalry felt very real and the audience could easily sense her maturing. The film chronicled the events of a boy’s life from the age of six to eighteen, he has a sister who is two years older than him and his parents are divorced. His dad is an irresponsible parent in the beginning, but changes drastically throughout the film. His mom is constantly trying to remarry and it never goes well. It’s extremely satisfying watching him pass boyhood’s milestones, and although I haven’t passed plenty of them (I’m thirteen) I felt like I was while watching the movie. The movie’s only flaws were that it didn’t always tell you how much time had passed, which made it very difficult to know how old he was in the beginning. The movie also felt overlong at some points, besides that Boyhood was a great movie and it’s definitely worth a look.

6 thoughts on “Boyhood Review”

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