Boyhood by Richard Linklater
Watched Richard Linklater's Boyhood last night and still marveling about it today. It's a small film in terms of what takes place on screen, and really the 12-year timeframe is certainly no more "epic" than any number of movies, but it's amazing to me how a nearly three-hour film can pass so quickly without any real action scenes, major conflicts, villains, twists, or really anything that would normally be on a narrative checklist. Maybe it's because I grew up in Texas myself and because the two kids at the start of the movie match my own exactly in terms of age and gender, but I felt more more connected to the characters in this movie than anything I can remember seeing in a long, long time. On paper, there is almost nothing to drive the movie along - it just does, like life. Seeing the characters grow and evolve almost imperceptibly for three hours, you find yourself at the end reflecting that, as cliche as it may be, life does move pretty fast even without anything noteworthy happening. I've seen the word "seamless" used a lot in reviews for this film, but that's exactly how the story unfolds with no dates or even major dramatic arcs to disrupt the flow of the characters' lives. I've liked every Richard Linklater film I've seen, particularly Dazed and Confused, which came out when I was a young adult barely removed from the characters in that film. Seeing Boyhood now as a parent to two young kids, I can't think of another director who's better at chronicling and celebrating the unexceptional. Cannot recommend this film enough.
Last edited by simontan; 07-21-2014 at 01:50 PM.