I can’t say much about “Boyhood” which hasn’t already been said by everyone else.
The fact that it took a span of 12 years to shoot this film isn’t just impressive; it’s also unheard of.
While many documentaries have taken just as long to make, something this ambitious has never happened before.
So with all that in mind, “Boyhood” is truly a one-of-a-kind film.
Written and directed by Richard Linklater (“School of Rock”), the movie is about a divorced couple (Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette) trying to raise their son Mason (Ellar Coltrane) and daughter Samantha (Lorelei Linklater, the director’s daughter).
The story follows Mason for 12 years, from first grade to 12th grade, and examines the relationship with his parents as he grows up.
Apparently, Linklater would assemble the cast and crew for a few weeks and film annually for 12 years.
Each year, shortly before shooting began, Linklater would meet with Coltrane to discuss what the actor’s concerns were, what all he was doing, and incorporate that in the script.
I can’t speak for the filmmakers, but I would guess the hardest part about making this movie was the patience and commitment it required.
Who on Earth would even finance a movie knowing it wouldn’t be released for another decade?
While the making of “Boyhood” is unique, the story Linklater tells and how he tells it is also rare.
What I mean by that is Linklater didn’t create an overly dramatized story.
Instead he made a not-so-complicated story with complex characters.
And he actually used visual storytelling to not only communicate ideas but also to help viewers understand what Mason is thinking.
Overall, “Boyhood” is by no means perfect but is nonetheless a one-of-a-kind film people need to see.
And unless Linklater decides to make a sequel called “Adulthood” I don’t see another movie like this one being made again anytime soon.
“Boyhood” is available on Blu-Ray/DVD and for a limited time only will be playing in select theaters.