WRITTEN BY: Richard Linklater
DIRECTED BY: Richard Linklater
STARRING: Ella Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Lorelai Linklater
RATING: 4 stars
Boyhood is definitely one of the most unique films of 2014 because it was filmed over 12 years with the lead role going to a young boy who grows up over that period on screen. It is a brave move by director Richard Linklater to persevere with the idea over so many years and it is even more exceptional that such an idea received any funding at all. Of course, it is still a small budget film and its leading actors were not at the top of their game when they signed on for the film.
Mason (Ellar Coltrane) and his sister Samantha (Lorelei Linklater) live with their mother (Patricia Arquette) and spend every second weekend with their father (Ethan Hawke). Over the years, we see them grow up and experience different things in life including domestic violence, schooling woes, hobbies, sex, drugs and family bonding.
The entire cast is convincing and that helps ground the film. Boyhood will certainly go down as a ground-breaking film because of its structure, but it is also a captivating story.