Movie Review: Boyhood



A time capsule in to win you over and a story to keep engaged. That’s the premise behind Boyhood the epic film that spans 12 years so it grows with the actors. The subject of it all Mason Jr. played by Ellar Coltrane and how his grows up attempts to be the coming of age movie for the millennium.

Olivia Samantha and Mason JR. in Boyhood

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And that’s where Boyhood falls short. Mason lives with his older sister Samantha (Lorelei Linklater) and mother Olivia (Patricia Arquette) she’s a mess of a single mom, making bad choices in life and whens he finally has a life focus making bad choices in men in her attempts to always have a family for her kids. Mason’s dad is played by Ethan Hawke who grows from flaky absentee dad to a guy who one day figures himself out. Since Mason is the center we see key point of his growing up while the other members of his family go thru peripheral changes. Its pretty clear what happens to them is there to provide a catalyst for what Mason does in response.

Mason Jr. as a teen in Boyhood

IFC Films

I was still bored to tears. Every time Mason aged and we got that perfect time capsule moment I stopped and remembered where I was at that time. But then seeing that Mason was a victim of his mother’s family idealist goals and his sister’s forgotten moments, his father’s in and out influence you pretty much are waiting for the arch when Mason rebels and becomes a stoner. By the time mason is a teen you don’t feel he’s that asshole kid that most adults hate nor do you feel for him after all the crap he’s gone thru, you feel detached from him as he gets older. Its like he finally got tired too. Boyhood clocks in at 2 hours 45 minutes but by the time I got to the end I felt like I lost half the day. I wanted to like this but how can you enjoy something that you can’t stay interested in? I found myself chugging along to make it to the end. Boyhood just didn’t work for me.

My Rating: Redbox
Director: Richard Linklater
Studio: IFC Films
Release Date: August 15, 2014
Run time: 165 minutes
MPAA Rating: R