Boyhood – R 165 Minutes
My Rating: 7
IMDB Rating: 8.2
Would I watch i with my parents: Yes
So, I learned about Boyhood a few weeks before the Oscars. I thought the idea was brilliant and I was curious and impressed that they were able to pull it off. What bothered me though, is I could not find a plot line anywhere before I watched it….I mean I get it, they use the same actors for 12 years and watch them grow — but what’s the story? Well now I understand, there is no story.. And the description IMDB gives is about as perfect as you can get “The life of Mason, from early childhood to his arrival at college.” This could be a BIT of a spoiler, but I don’t think too bad…
The movie is good. I liked it…But, it is very long. verrrry long. Almost 3 hours…Which feels more like 4 hours when it’s a slow plot. The movie starts off with Mason and his sister as little kids. Their mom is a single mom who is going to school and trying her best to support her kids. I think Patricia’s character comes off as kind of “cold” at the beginning, or bitter…So, I was unsure on how she was going to develop throughout the movie.
Ethan Hawke plays their father who had gone away for a bit and is now back and wants to spend time with his kids. I really like him, he doesn’t come off as a deadbeat, but rather a father who had kids very young and needed to self discover himself to really be able to be a good father. He admits being back in their lives in a learning process, but throughout the movie, he is there for them.
It is cool to watch an actor grow right before your eyes, but Boyhood is a movie you really need to pay attention to. There is no warning that they are skipping ahead years and aging the characters. The only way you know that the next scene is years later is by the sister, Samantha. You can tell as she gets older.. Mason kind of looks the same for awhile, but as he ages you can start to tell by his different hair styles.
To be honest, I don’t think Mason has much of a personality until he gets into his senior year of high school, and college…Until then he’s just kind of a character on the screen who says stuff sometimes, lol. Samantha seems to have more character development throughout the movie.
Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette honestly look like they don’t age at all in those 12 years. Kudos to them. They looked fantastic the whole movie.
Because there is no MAJOR plot line, I don’t want to discuss the things that happen, otherwise there is no point in watching the movie, and I definitely think it’s worth watching. I enjoyed it and I hope they make a sequel. I’d like to see Mason’s college years and early adulthood.
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