Julie’s Review Room: ‘Boyhood’

New in theaters this week we have “Boyhood,” the latest from director Richard Linklater.”

There are several reasons that “Boyhood” is a movie you should make a point of seeing. First of all, it’s a story of boy growing into young-adulthood filmed over 12 years, so you actually watch 7-year-old Mason as he grows & finally goes off to college. He’s played by Ellar Coltrane but we also get to watch his family as they grow in unexpected ways. Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette play his parents and it’s incredible to watch them naturally age, or not age as Arquette appears to completely stop at one point. There’s not necessarily a story line, we just follow Mason through the ups and downs of life until he finally has to take the reins on his own. Something incredible happens along the way though because you start to care about these people the way you would life-long friends. It is Linklater’s moviemaking experiment and it pays off with BIG emotions.

The other reason you need to see “Boyhood” is because it’s filmed entirely in Texas and feels like as much of a tribute to our state as it is to young Mason. Houston, Austin, San Antonio even Alpine are prominently featured and make the movie feel even MORE personal to those of us who live here.

“Boyhood” gets pretty slow towards the end and I feel 20 or more could’ve been edited out of its whopping 166 minutes. I’m still giving “Boyhood” an A though because as much as I enjoyed it onscreen, I’m loving it even more as I think back to certain scenes. I guess like life itself, “Boyhood” is better when you get a minute to savor your favorite moments.


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