Movie Review of Boyhood

Boyhood, the sensational movie that was filmed over a period of 12 years with the same cast. No doubt the director took a massive risk, but he also created one of the most amazing films of all time.


Ultimate movie of the year. Boyhood, the drama directed by Richard Linklater, captures snippets of a boy named Mason’s life from when he was in preschool to his arrival at college. He has a single mother, and for most of the movie she is married to an abusive husband who terrifies the children. His mother, played by Patricia Arquette, eventually separates from him, to go live with her friend. When she married this abusive man, there are two children that the man takes care of. When she leaves, she leaves those children behind. Mason is played by Ellar Coltrane, and his deadbeat father by Ethan Hawke. Lorelei Linklater, the daughter of the director, plays his sister Samantha. They all do an amazing job playing a family, with their arguments and bonding time.

Noticeably, the director took an amazing risk when casting 5-year-olds as 12-year actors. One of them could have been unable to act later on. However, it definitely paid off. Even though Boyhood did not win Best Picture at the Oscars, it was nominated. Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 98 out of 100, and that is a very good score for them. Generally, it was an incredible masterpiece of film, and most were surprised when it did not win Best Picture.

Nevertheless, one weird thing about Boyhood is that it is shot in vignettes, and has no over-arching storyline. Just like life, Boyhood has no plot. It is just following a child through everything that happens, it has no build-up, no climax, it is just life. Most people really liked this, but some (like some people at the Academy, who gave Best Picture to Birdman, a movie about Hollywood), disagreed.

Not to be forgotten, Patricia Arquette, who played the mother, won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress and made international news by not just saying “Oh, thanks for the Oscar, it’s really great” but talking about inequality and our world today. Many people in the audience gave her a standing ovation just for her speech, because it touched hearts and souls. To be honest, it made most of the other speeches pale in comparison.

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