Why People Are Going Apeshit Over ‘Boyhood’

Richard Linklater’s Boyhood isn’t just remarkable because it was shot over a 12-year period. If we were giving awards out for things that took a long time to produce any results, we’d look at the career of Jaden Smith. Cause that was a 16-year old project that still doesn’t make sense.

No, Boyhood is getting the raves for some very basic but essential things.

The film is a unique view into parenting, growing up and how we turn out after going through some pretty big events. Besides the unusual shooting time frame, Linklater’s message about our resilience is what’s causing all of the fuss with me and a bevy of critics.

Ellar Coltrane at each stage of filming

Ellar Coltrane at each stage of filming

Like most quiet little, powerful movies, it’s best to watch this without all of the surrounding hype. Hell, I wouldn’t even read this review if I were you before seeing it.

I was grabbed by the first part of the first descriptor line on iTunes. And didn’t realize that it was such a big deal until after I had watched it.

The idea of taking just over a decade to capture characters at their real watermarks is genius. It’s not just about watching Ellar Coltrane and Lorelei Linklater grow up. It’s also about watching Patricia Arquette’s journey as a single parent and the slow evolution of Ethan Hawke’s manboy to father.

Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane and Lorelei Linklater

Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane and Lorelei Linklater

You’re immediately struck by the music, cars, clothes, hairstyles of each time, truly authentic. I know some talented hair, makeup, wardrobe and production designers but you can’t beat the real time and space these characters exist in. You are actually there in that time. It’s a simple thing but it’s also mind blowing.

Linklater cast his daughter Lorelei Linklater as Mason’s sister Sam and will have his daughter’s coming of age on film forever. Linklater winces at watching herself through the years but admits that the project was pretty special.

To see how these kids grow into young adults is fascinating because it’s realistic. Seeing how we endure some pretty fucked up things is the biggest take away.

We can have some pretty crazy tales to tell and still end up being just fine.

Great little movie. Leave all the hype at the door and enjoy yourself.

Linklater talks about what Boyhood was meant to be