Richard Linklater is the master of the long game. Whether it is his critically acclaimed ‘Before Trilogy’ or this film he knows that good films take time. Boyhood was filmed over 12 years and follows the growth of a young boy called Mason (Ellar Coltrane). The film doesn’t show anything special, it shows nothing less than the life of a boy growing into a man, but that’s all it need to show. Linklater let the film breed originality and he created something truly remarkable. This film features a patient cast and both Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke give significant, if not slightly reserved performances as Mason’s parents. This film is a flashback for those people who came of age during the same time and is full of pop culture references that all millennials will remember.
Easily the best film of the last few years and under appreciated.
The time and effort that went into this film makes it deserving of…
5 out of 5