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This groundbreaking coming-of-age story, shot over 12 years with the same cast, follows the life of a "normal" boy as he grows into a man before our eyes. Charting the exhilaration of childhood and the seismic shifts of a modern family, Boyhood is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and a contemplation of the passage of time.
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- Package Dimensions : 7.1 x 5.42 x 0.58 inches; 2.88 Ounces
- Director : Richard Linklater
- Media Format : Blu-ray, DVD
- Run time : 2 hours and 45 minutes
- Actors : Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Elijah Smith, Lorelei Linklater, Steven Chester Prince
- Subtitles: : English, French
- Studio : Imports
- ASIN : B00NAGIPP8
- Number of discs : 2
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Not every story or every character has to be so in your face- this isn't a comic book action movie. This movie is very real. And it is very much worth the watch. I saw it in the theater and chose to buy it here as well. It deserves the nominations and awards.
You might find a different theme than I did, but to me it was all the little standout moments where teachers and friends were pouring into Mason's life - and that ultimately that is what made the difference in helping the kids overcoming the trauma in their childhood and take up that mantel, but like so many young men and women in their teenage years, we are dealing with unfinished lives. I don't think, at the end of the film, that Mason has fully realized all that he's been given. Did any of us realize how much went into making us who we were at that age?
It does kind of feel like the movie is all over the place, with little vignettes of life making up the most striking and enduring of Mason's lifelong memories. A lot of reviewers on here felt like it didn't tie up nicely with a bow at the end - and that it should have. I felt this too at first, and to be honest, I didn't like the older Mason all that much, but I also realized I was left with the satisfying notion that because of the support of the people who really loved him, he's probably going to go on to become something great. It will be something like what we see in his dad, and most of us liked him. I thought the end brought us just to the edge of that sense of relief, but no further.
As an aside, I personally would have preferred less vulgar language by the main characters towards the end. The last fifteen minutes seemed to be just saturated with it and it didn't help me feel like they were rising above all the misery in their lives. I didn't mind it as much from the supporting characters. The movie's cute poster made me think the tone would be a little bit lighter, but expect more of the opposite. If that's all okay with you, you'll like Boyhood.
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The story concerns the life of a boy - who, at the start of the film is aged about 8 ... and it ends a decade later. We get to see this boy age, from being a child to becoming an adult. It is, as such, a 'coming of age' film. It is a story about life, about growing up, about developing individuality, making choices, and taking part in the world. Much of it is mundane - but that's how life is!
The movie stars Patricia Arquette, Lorelei Linklater, and Ethan Hawke - and the central role is brilliantly played by Ellar Coltrane.
The film is well made, and the picture and sound quality on the Blu-ray are excellent. It is quite long, at nearly 3 hours, but I didn't find it boring. Rather, the detailed character development was very engaging.
Very good acting all round. Overall, a worthwhile movie.
On one hand, the 12 year method adds so much to the film, but because of it, we get a slightly weak performance from the main character in later sections of the film. There is an amazing penultimate segment that felt like and should have been the finale where as the actual finale is quite weak and feels pointless. There are moments that beg to be expanded upon and continued, and then there's moments that feel pointless.
It's so difficult to critique a film such as 'Boyhood' as many criticisms I think of could easily be the entire point of the film. Maybe the pointless moments serve to build upon the message, or maybe it was just bad directing and editing. The repetition seems to also be a part of the message. The film doesn't feel overlong and the message is a very interesting one, but the message feels like it's being forced down my throat too much. If all these flaws are actually there on purpose to build upon the message, then great, but that means the forced nature to which it's presented by the characters feels needless.
The cinematography is simplistic but great. No swooping epic shots, just well shot close quarters scenes. The soundtrack definitely has a specific highlight [ found within the fantastic penultimate scene ] The actors, specifically Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke, honestly feel like they are the character. This is definitely a product of the method in which this was filmed as each character feels like they know each other like family.
Many say that they will probably never watch this again but I honestly think that I will watch this again as whilst it has certain flaws, the film really got to me on so many levels, also I'm a sucker for coming-of-age films.
Ethan Hawke does a great job as the dad. He portrays a person who is flawed - as we all are - and doesn't pretend to be perfect or a know-it-all, but is realistic and learns from his mistakes. I especially like the part near the beginning where he apologises to little Mason for his scathing comments on using bumpers for bowling.
The ordinariness of this film is what makes it unique and sometimes emotional. It is about life, and finding your place in it. We may not all be able to relate to every aspect of the film, but we can all find at least one area of it that we identify with.
The one flaw that I see in this film is the portrayal of drug-taking, teenage sex and premature drinking as something all or most teens go through - or that all/most teens will practice a combination of all these things. Sure, they are not uncommon, and in some places/areas they will be more common than others. I was just disappointed that all these things were happening to the main character. On the other hand, as the male ticket seller told me when I bought my ticket at the cinema, this film shows how "rough" it is being a young man growing up....And I agree with him. Plus Mason had a difficult childhood, so it is not my job to judge him...