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Review: Boyhood

Updated: Friday, July 18 2014, 05:21 PM CDT

Grade: A

By Ken The Critic @kenthecritic

If you didn't know this already, Richard Linklater is a master! And he lives right here in Austin, Texas. Linklater is the one who established the indie film scene with his film Slacker in 1991. He's once again has created film history with creating Boyhood, a film that follows the life of a boy from age 6 through the time he leaves for college. He hired a young boy, Ellar Coltrane, as the starring role and shot scenes every year for 12 years with the same cast as Coltrane grew to become a man. Linklater's milestone is pure genius and I can't name any other director that has taken on a challenge like this. Boyhood has the record for the longest shooting time for a film, but more importantly, it turned out to be something extraordinary. 

Boyhood starts out with Mason asking questions about his dad to his single mom. He has a older sister (played by Richard's daughter, Lorelei Linklater) that he gets along with for the most part. Their mom (Patricia Arquette) decides to move them to Houston in order to make a better living and go back to school. Over the course of the decade from the early 2000s, we see the three of them go through hard times and grow up and mature. The mom goes through a string of men and it shows how it affects the children.

This movie isn't really about anything. It's more about everything that we deal with in life. It's a beautiful film that any person can relate to. We have all had a childhood and had to become adults. Linklater is a visionary that is probably the most underrated director today. In a way, he already approached something similar with the Before Sunrise series following Jesse and Celine over the course of 18 years in 3 movies, first in their 20s, their 30s, and then in their 40s, but it was in three movies instead of one. I believe Richard Linklater grasps the course of life better than any filmmaker. Boyhood examines the bonds between a mom and her children and what's really important in this life. It points at what "does all this mean"and gets you thinking. As humble as the man is, that is probably all Linklater wants out of this movie.

To check out the trailer, click here!

Ken's Movie Review Grading Scale

A - Superb and solid; a movie that will be etched in your mind 10 years from now

B - Good movie, so good in fact that you would want to see it again before it's out of the theaters; the story may drag in places

C - Average, entertaining at parts; you might want to wait and rent it

D - Lacks a lot from entertainment, plot, realism, development, etc.

F - Terrible and you will want to walk out of the movie; no redemptive qualities whatsoever   

Review: Boyhood

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