BOYHOOD...What a great movie! I simply believe in America again! They are also humans, guys, trust me: Its obviously doesn't matter if you are an American, German or Russian. There are the same problems, the same ways, the same love inside us. As a Russian I must say I understand American people and also myself much much better with this movie. It was like... about me... I just COULD NOT imagine how much we are all the same.. Just love it! If I look at my childhood in the former USSR I see not much difference, the cars and houses are different, we spoke Russian, but that feeling, that <more>
pulse of life, that sometimes "lost" fathers and mothers to solve every day problems, fighting for the existence and good life for the children are so familiar to me.. That long hair and piercing.. Oh boy, its all so much alike. And those "Paul was greater than the others...". The movie is just breathing, its a three hours of fresh air!I do not want to say much about the qualities of the movie.. It is overall brilliant. I do believe, this will be a classical film, and students all over thew world will study it in future at their film schools. P.S. Sorry for my poor English.
This film blew me away and it is hard to describe why. Seeing it together with 1,500+ captivated and enthusiastic people at one of the Berlinale Friedrichstadt-Palast screenings surly helped. Yet, what makes this film so unique and touching is its deep humanity. Although it is a fictional piece, you can't help not to relate to the actors as if it would be a documentary. Every scene feels like real life. I know that this is not necessarily a good thing to say about a movie but it is meant as a compliment.The actors deliver an outstanding performance. While much has already been said about <more>
the main characters, I was also deeply impressed by the performance of the side characters as well. As an example, the actor of the second husband of Olivia excels in one of the most emotionally straining scenes of the movie. The dialogs are touching and feel just natural. There are so many scenes and details in the movie where you feel unbelievable close to the actors. When Patricia Arquette says as mother Olivia "I thought there would be more" you instantly think about your own family life and its constant flux.I surely hope that this movie will make it to as many screens as possible. Also, I hope that no distributor will force additional editing on it. It is perfect as it is and worth any minute. If you like people in general and families in particular, you will love this movie.
It's true: Linklater took 12 years to develop his family of characters. While I was intimidated by the 3 hour run time, I have to admit, there was not a moment of this film I could have done without.This is more than a coming of age story; the title "Family" or "Motherhood" would be just as appropriate. Set in Texas, the screenplay is natural and reminiscent of plenty of Linklater's other work: a film that begins with dialog unlike any other Linklater films evolves into thoughtful, poignant discourse not unlike that from the "Before" series. One character <more>
in a late-night nacho scene was perhaps a callback to the heady "Waking Life." With that said, this absolutely is not a mere think piece. What makes this film truly fantastic is how accessible the material is, given its scope. Without giving any narrative away, I'll say that the story itself is absolutely engaging and not without surprises. I watched many films at Sundance 2014 including comedies , and this was the first that had the audience reacting throughout: we laughed, gasped, covered our eyes, and I am sure more than a few of us wept.The characters are well developed. Don't be fooled by the title --- the spirit of Boyhood is alive here, but the female characters are thoroughly developed, distinct, and alive. Unfortunately, though it's 2014, this is a rarity in cinema.Like in "Waking Life" and "A Scanner Darkly", Linklater has again delivered true visual innovation. This time, however, his set-up is simple: shooting on film, Linklater replaced rotoscoping with time lapse. Has a single film ever intentionally traced a character over such a span of time? Linklater wisely chose to reveal the main character to us subtly. Despite this, the effect is riveting.I am not exaggerating when I say that after I watched this film I sold all of my other tickets to Sundance films. Viewing Boyhood for the first time was such a joyful experience that I didn't want to tarnish the experience by any comparison. Everyone in the Eccles theater shared a special few hours together. Though this only premiered a few days ago, I am confident that this will go down as one of the most ambitious and rewarding film projects of our time.
A nostalgic masterpiece for others a waste of time (by WalterSoprano)
For some people including myself you tend to be able to relate to a lot of the events in Masons life as he continues to age. The nostalgia that these relations create can bring both good and bad memories up and impacts like no other film can. I have to say a lot of the tough situations mason had to endure drunk stepfathers I can really relate to and I could feel the strong intensity in some of those moments. However not everyone has these same experiences and thus not having that nostalgic effect.So basically your enjoyment of the film is really all a matter of how much you can relate to <more>
it. Heck at one point in the film Masons journey took a different turn than what mine did thus ending the ability to relate and from there I could see why some people hated it but the way I looked at it to enjoy it was that either way I was watching the life of this person and being given the opportunity to see this new perspective.When I lost the ability to relate with Mason on his journey i started to almost dislike him for certain things for some reason. When I watched this film I didn't feel like I was watching a movie I felt like I was going through life with Mason. Others may not be able to do that but I was fortunate enough to experience it like this.In conclusion this is a really love it or hate it type movie. If you can relate to some experiences it can be very enjoyable but for others it can seem very boring and pointless. I can really see both sides but I definitely enjoyed the film and In those final credits I nearly teared up because I just realized what I had experienced. This is hard to explain but if you understand then you obviously get what I'm saying. I hope you don't waste 165 minutes of your life I hope you experience this film the same way I did if not more so. I hope what I said is helpful thanks for reading my review.
This movie is in fact a masterpiece. Since I shouldn't use the word 'perfect', I guess calling it a 'masterpiece' is the next best. I won't lie though, to some it may be the most boring 165mins of a movie. However, avid movie fans who can appreciate pure drama are in for a treat. Don't get me wrong, this is not like an art-house film. It has its fair share of comedic and sad moments. Just that anything flows so smoothly to the point some people find it monotonous. But, I feel that is the beauty of the movie. In brief, the movie got their stuff right. Everyone acted <more>
well including the calefares and especially Patricia Arquette , dialogue was good, great storyline... Being a drama, there wasn't much action in this movie. The most extreme thing that happened was probably Mason's violent stepfather smashing a glass. There wasn't anyone getting a sudden heart attack, getting into a car accident or even dying. Even amongst Dramas, this is unique. It gives us a very normal lifestyle of a boy growing up. This doesn't mean there aren't complications though. There are troubles the boy faces like a normal person, but the movie doesn't dramatise any of them. It simply flows through his life, showing the different phases of life people face. Not just the boy, but his parents and sister too. This is the beauty of the movie. No exaggeration. No harping on small or big problems. It just moves on, like life does. It really is a great unique experience watching the cast grow up. How the young mischievous children mature, how relationships come in play, mixing with different sorts of friends, phones start coming into their lives,going off to college... These may sound boring at first but the way the movie played it out was brilliant. It doesn't prompt you much when they're bringing out a point. You just gotta learn to be sensitive enough to realise it. And when you do realise and acknowledge it, it immediately brings back memories of your own life. When the scene of Mason in his young stage receiving attention from a girl, and yet giving her mindless replies, it immediately brought me back to the time whereby I first interacted with girls and how tactless I was. Unlike blockbusters such as the dark knight, you don't get the blood rushes when watching the movie. No build up no climax. Such movies reaches for the attention, but this film reaches for your heart. The movie imbues in you a great impression of it that will be remembered for life. After all, like what the director said, Life is beautiful.' Life itself is beautiful and this movie bear's testimony to that. At the start of the movie, you see two cute kids and a really busy stressed out Mom. At the end you see a grown up lady who can care for herself, a grown up man with moustache and a mom who now feels so free yet still emotionally unstable and has put on quite some weight . The experience and feel the movie provides is like no other, For me, it made me reflect upon my own life and realise how much I've changed. Some may wish for more events and drama in it, but I feel what gives this movie its purity is its simplicity. It puts life on a plate for you to enjoy. The way the movie ended was great too though the second half of the movie was more depressing , with the saying" you don't seize the moment, the moment seizes you". Lastly, I'll reiterate the fact that this movie epitomises the saying,' life is beautiful.' Though this movie is't the sort you'll pop at a party, its the sort that comes to your mind when someone asks you what are the most memorable movies you've watched. A true deserving Oscar best picture winner.
When I watch a reasonably well built film, I cruise at two levels. One is the excellence of how I am captured by the way the narrative unfolds in a world I am seduced into maintaining and possibly cocreating . The other gliding level has to do with how well I value that world.Sometimes this focuses on the story itself, but usually for me we are talking about how deeply the surrounding, often just implicit, world has affected me. And whether I want to incorporate it into my worlds in some way. Herzog for instance. His early films are profoundly affecting. The best of these are those that have <more>
the least of him in them. Once he got control of the wild process he pioneered, you start to see his world become clear. That world is much like his style: It has a stylized plateau from which it can observe itself, introspective and formal. But the ground of reality is capricious, dangerous. Fate is angry and you enter expecting to be hurt. Once a foot is placed here, you can never fully escape, you can only retreat temporarily to beautifully see the damage, or potential damage. I still watch the man.I can trust him to engage me and take me where I would not go. Uncomfortable places. But it is real work afterward to tease out who I am and how my world is different. I get something like this with Linklater. He is a natural cinematic storyteller, and has been from the beginning. And now we have this remarkable film. It really deserves a very, very long life and all the celebration I see. It truly grabbed me and almost always I did not feel unfairly captured. Simple proximity beats drama any day if you can do it. Tension in repose has power; personal explosions can fill a screen quota but seldom touch. This does. Oh, I have some quibbles about how the characters are tiered. We have our central kids who own the world we enter. This is as genuine as it gets in film. We have the two parents. Now this is background existence. We accept that because they are real as well, but real in a more filmic sense. Ethan Hawke is so trustworthy in this, I marvel. But we get a different world than that of the kids, and that's deliberate. The third tier are the extra husbands, friends, other relatives, teachers and bosses. Now these are ordinary narrative scaffolding, with traditional speeches borrowed from ordinary movies in tone and style. The kids are more real in this construction because the other tiers are not. But still, I got impatient as some of this went on. The real dilemma after entering Linklater's world and having it penetrate: what of it to use? What of it to respect as true in the tiers we build internally to live in? Do I place it where the filmmaker has, as the way things are. The moment seizes us, and the best we can do is immerse and record? Linklater himself plays with these questions in some other projects and obliquely references them here as 'psychology.' And he sets distance from ordinary viewers by setting it in Texas. A pledge allegiance to Texas? Or do we take this, as I have today, as a background drama, being one reality among others that we gather to illuminate a life? I think this is what Malick intends in his similar project. Cinema must move relentlessly; this nature cannot be escaped. The viewer must accept the world in the way and at the pace the filmmaker decides. This is a contract. But it comes with costs that prevent us mapping our real, true reality to that of a film that works to present a real, true one. We always have to shift it to one of the surrounding spheres we inhabit. This is a three.
It could have been 12 hours long and kept me hooked (by Joe_Chadowski)
I was nervous going in because I wanted Boyhood to be good. In fact, I wanted it to be spectacular. I've been a fan of Richard Linklater's career since I watched Before Sunrise a viewing of Before Sunset quickly followed back in 2010. His ability to capture an experience, a culture, a generation, and a life and translate it into film in such a way that is utterly beguiling, yet doesn't feel manipulated is staggering to watch. News of Boyhood reached me around this time last year, and before I knew much about it, I was hooked. A film from Richard Linklater about a young man <more>
growing up around the same time I did? And 12 years of filming were dedicated? It was going to be spectacular. So much for nothing in life being certain.Allow me, if you will, to avoid the part where I colorfully unpeel Boyhood's dynamics, hinting along the way how well it fairs against everything I've seen. IT. IS. UNBELIEVABLE. The script, the execution, the profoundness, and seamless integration of time are nothing short of astonishing. Subdued in nature as it may be, Boyhood is a vivid, captivating, all-consuming assault on the senses. Not only that, there is a deep seated quality to everything it does. And the viewer is absolutely at the core of the experience. Each element has been created and tuned to allow you to express yourself anyway you wish. And that amazing focus has produced a breathtaking film. From a technical standpoint, it's everything I've come to expect from Linklater, only finished to a higher standard. Boyhood is a film about life. The script has no rising action, climax, or falling action. There is no plot driven by a narrative driven by a goal. Nothing feels manipulated. Linklater's directing is level-headed and controlled, with quick cuts to whoever is talking and a lack of camera motion for a truly first-person omniscient feel. You are observing, but not fully knowing. And the cinematography... was there even a cinematographer? Boyhood's sets look so painfully boring because everything looks so natural, the background fades and allows 100% of your focus to be on the characters. Despite a silent car ride home and very much conducive analysis, my brain is STILL buffering from the mind-blowing quality of it all. I wonder how I will view my words when this high subsides. My final scattered thought is this; The best moments in film are when it comes across something; a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things that you'd thought was special and particular to you. And here it is, set down by someone else, a person you've never met. And it's as if a hand has come out and taken yours. That is what Richard Linklater has done. Boyhood is a great film. More importantly it's a great film from Richard Linklater. Maybe even the greatest. and his career is here to stay.
The key factor in Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" is that it relies on life as its main plot point, not just the characters and their motivations. Like life, they change as the years go by – in spirit and in goals. For young children coming of age, their youth is a turbulent time – full of raging hormones and confused emotions, questioning themselves about their place in this life – you only live once, so they say.Life never favors other people. There are others who seem to have it all and there are others who are always struggling. Mason's parents are the perfect <more>
example – they separate on amicable terms, and one seems to be more successful than the other, but then it shifts so gradually that their fates balance each other's out, making it unavoidably fair. Unpredictable, that life.So it goes with little Mason's youth. We first see him as a kid, gazing into the sky, wondering about life at an age where he is supposedly carefree. His sister with an attitude constantly teases him in a realistically annoying manner, and their single mother is struggling to find a better life for them all. Man men enter their lives, most unfortunately alcoholic and troubled. Mason, like most boys in that situation, logically seeks out advice from his father from time to time. He never really says it, but he's feeling confused and needs proper guidance.We've all been in his shoes. We were some still are all confused, lonely, trying to comprehend this thing call life. We were all spoilt brats with attitudes that would make our parents tear their hair off their heads. We were all their bundles of joy whenever we succeeded in something. Yet they are still human like us, and at their age are still trying to find out where life is taking them, for better or for worse. Linklater perfectly captures that essence, and spreads it out perfectly across nearly three hours of condensed life. He does the rarity - create an experimental film that sounds well enough to perform well with indie audiences, yet retain the emotional energy of classic Hollywood melodramas down to its barest, realistic form and lays it all out in front of the audience to see.That's the beauty of his film, it isn't one-sided. It ebbs and flows with the current, and surrounds the audience with its unforced, genuine emotions. I did not feel much empathy for Mason as much as I did feeling LIKE Mason as he went through this crazy, subtle adventure. I felt moved and touched with every poignant scene Mason has to go through, enlightened whenever his father gives him some advice, as bewildered as he is at life.We don't have many movies like this anymore nowadays. Few movies are willing to evoke the senses purely, both independent and mainstream – one either cops out and goes for audience sentimentality and Oscar votes while the other becomes pretentious fluff that thinks its art but it isn't, just an artist on a stage full of sound and fury. "Boyhood" is that rare gem that isn't – an incredibly beautiful film with many layers that provoke the mind and emotions, and left me feeling bittersweet with a tidal wave of nostalgia and poignancy, but ultimately left me feeling optimistic about the future.Mason's journey has been quite the ride, indeed. That this was filmed in 12 years is no easy task by itself - this is a film that speaks of our time perfectly, defining the current generation with aplomb where so many other modern filmmakers grasped. If you are, or are parents with kids who were, born within the 1990s and early 2000s, you owe it to yourself to see this film.
"Boyhood" is about Mason Ellar Coltrane and his life as a 6 year old kid to an 18 years old college freshman. He has a sassy elder sister Samantha Lorelei Linklater . We meet his mom Olivia Patricia Arquette and her string of unfortunate choices in men, and how they affected the kids. We see his occasional meetings over the years with their estranged dad Mason Sr. Ethan Hawke and his aimless life, until he remarried and had a new baby.There are no really big events, no really big climax. This film is just an unfolding of a boy's life through primary school, middle school <more>
and high school, and the various random things that happened to him and his family in those twelve years. We hear a lot of pop culture references as the timeline goes through the years, from Harry Potter to Twilight. We see Mason go through bullying, marijuana, alcohol, first love, sex, his passion for photography, among others.It was Patricia Arquette who gets the prime acting moments in this film as the mom who goes literally through the wringer to bring up her two kids. Her final declaration before Mason went off to college is literally what all parents want to say at that time of their own lives. Ethan Hawke acts so naturally here as the happy-go-lucky father, as he always does.Ellar Coltrane and Lorelei Linklater literally grow up 12 years in front of our very eyes within the 165 minute running time. Their acting was so natural as willful kids, though they became rather self-conscious as they grew up. My favorite moment with Coltrane is the episode when Mason was 10, about that radical haircut his stepfather had him take against his will. After that, Coltrane's Mason became more reserved and reticent.I'm sure we all would have wanted more unique or memorable events to happen to Mason in this film, but that did not happen. Admit it or not, for most of us, life can really be a simple humdrum existence. Every so often we celebrate victories or mourn our losses, as Mason and his parents did in this film. But these are all considered minor in the bigger scheme of things, and we move on with our lives. "Boyhood" is as real a depiction of human life as it can possibly be. The story of our lives does not always have a distinct plot or a plot twist, but we go on living just the same.Richard Linklater is best known for writing and directing his "Before Sunrise" trilogy. That love story of Jesse and Celine was told in three films released nine years apart per film. Here in "Boyhood", Linklater tells a story that spans twelve years. This time, he actually took twelve years to film it intermittently, of course . With that conceit, "Boyhood" is a literally epic piece of filmmaking in that sense, despite its episodic nature. Do not be surprised to see this film land in the list of Oscar Best Picture nominees for this year. It is bound to be there. 8/10.