Movie Review

Boyhood (2014)


Boyhood (2014) by Richard Linklater got the attention last year as it was shot over 12 years. The story is about the happenings in the life of a six year old  boy (Mason Jr played Ellar Coltrane)  as he grows older till he becomes an adult and gets into college. He is raised along with his elder sister by his mother as a single parent.  All along the 2:45 Hours movie we are traveling along with Mason, but at the end we realize the film is not only about Mason but about his mother and her poor (unfortunate) life partner choices as well. As Mason gets into teenage he gets exposed to Alcohol and smoking, at this point I was expecting to see his life to get derailed but surprisingly Mason maintains his balance thanks to wise advice he gets from his teacher and his biological father, this is a optimistic story telling which I liked.

The screen play is simple, a straight line yet sharp, which makes it stand out from usual Hollywood family dramas. It focuses around Mason, but stays away from the cliche of it being a narration by Mason about his own life. All the extraneous happenings outside of Mason’s view has been left out. A brilliant film and a must see, but keep a boatload of patience due to the long running time.