NXNE 2014: Boyhood

Boyhood 12 years in the making comes director Richard Linklater’s chronicle of a young man’s life from childhood to college.  Six year old Mason Jr. (Ellar Coltrane) is a young boy, who lives with his divorced single mother Olivia (Patricia Arquette) and older sister Samantha (Lorelei Linklater), with the kids receiving regular visitations from their father Mason Sr. (Ethan Hawke).  As the years pass by, Mason learns the hardships of growing up, as he copes with his mother’s new lovers, relationships, and trying to find out what the point of life is. Richard Linklater filmed Boyhood a few weeks every year from the summer of 2002 until October 2013.  The result is a film, where we watch this child age before our very eyes.  It is quite amazing how well the film pulls this off and it is easy to forget that Mason began as a child at the start of Boyhood’s 2h46m running time.  The film makes a clever use of pop culture references to help clue the viewer into exactly when a scene is taking place.  This includes songs that are playing in the background, news reports that are playing on TV, and even the model of cellphone that the characters are using.  The plot of Boyhood often seems very vignette-based at times, since each time jump seems to deal with a single event of Mason’s life.  However, as the film goes on, these events gather together and help to define the person that Mason becomes.  Altogether, Boyhood is not only a huge filmmaking achievement, that is unlikely to be done again, but it is also an excellent and emotional story about growing up and what exactly the point of life is. 10 | LOVED IT   Boyhood opens for its regular release on July 18, 2014

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Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described über-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).