Rent Boyhood (2014)

3.6 of 5 from 1080 ratings
2h 39min
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Synopsis:
Filmed over 12 years using the same cast, "Boyhood" is a ground-breaking story of growing up and a unique film experiment. Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette lead the cast as the parents of Mason (Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Exploring the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before and set to a chart topping soundtrack, including Coldplay's 'Yellow' and 'Arcade Fire's Deep Blue'. "Boyhood" is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting.
Actors:
, , , Elijah Smith, , , Bonnie Cross, Sydney Orta, , , , Andrew Villarreal, , Tess Allen, , Sharee Fowler, Mark Finn, , Byron Jenkins,
Directors:
Producers:
Jonathan Sehring, John Sloss, Cathleen Sutherland, Richard Linklater
Writers:
Richard Linklater
Others:
Richard Linklater, Sandra Adair
Studio:
Universal Pictures
Genres:
Drama
Awards:

2015 BAFTA Best Supporting Actress

2015 BAFTA Best Film

2015 BAFTA Best Direction

2015 Oscar Best Supporting Actress

2014 Berlinale Silver Bear for Best Director

BBFC:
Release Date:
19/01/2015
Run Time:
159 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
English, English Audio Description
Subtitles:
Arabic, Danish, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, Hindi, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish
BBFC:
Release Date:
19/01/2015
Run Time:
165 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
English, English Audio Description, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish
Subtitles:
Arabic, Danish, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, German, Hindi, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish

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Reviews (13) of Boyhood

Groundbreaking Indie Drama. - Boyhood review by Steve Mason

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An ambitious film made over twelve years, featuring Ellar Coltrane, who grows up before our eyes from infant school to university. The cast (featuring Linklater regular Ethan Hawke, who is excellent) is on hand for the whole journey. No gimmick this, but a unique, detailed and poignant portrayal of childhood, its joys and its threats.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Truly awful - Boyhood review by PG

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Beyond dull and what little plot this film has is just miserable. How can anyone enjoy watching such sad individuals do nothing with their lives?

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Too long - Boyhood review by IL

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After reading the reviews I was looking forward to this film, but for me personally it was like watching paint dry. I'll admit the acting was good,but the film was far too long and not that interesting.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Critic review

Boyhood review by Michelle Sommerville - Cinema Paradiso

Richard Linklater brings us Boyhood, the film that took twelve years to make, and three hours to tell. Linklater and his cast and crew managed to keep their project secret for many years, and it wasn’t until the film was nearing completion that they announced their creative and unique feat. The film industry flipped. While it is new and exciting, unfortunately, that’s all that is drawing a crowd, and the ‘story’ element suffers.

The film focuses on Mason (Ellar Coltrane). He is a typical American kid - even having blonde hair and blue eyes - and this is the story of his years from five to eighteen. He and his family unite and struggle through breakups, birthdays, good times and bad times. Mason literally grows before our eyes, and we are reminded of our own childhood in the process. To ‘landmark’ the years, Linklater makes many references - such as the Harry Potter phenomenon. This connection to real-life further grounds the film, and connects our experiences to those of the characters.

Boyhood was written and directed by Richard Linklater, who once again plays with the element of time. His past works have predominately been set within the span of one day, though still meander without much plot, with the character’s development driving the action. Special assurances also had to be made to ensure that in the event Linklater died during the twelve years of production, Ethan Hawke (Mason’s father and past collaborator with the creator) would take-over the directing responsibility.

All of the performances were beautiful - both from lead and secondary characters - and it’s amazing to think that their entire progress was created so many years ago. For such young actors (Mason’s sister is even played by Linklater’s new-comer daughter, Lorelei) to understand and portray their characters so well for so long, shows they have what it takes to have bright film careers.

With the art of filmmaking changing throughout the years, Linklater had to find and maintain his style for the whole duration of the production. The camera remains quite static, with quick cuts to the speakers. This gives it less of a film-feel, and more like a documentary. The action and dialogue also feel less strict, and don’t seem to follow a script, being so realistic in nature.

The film has had its ups and downs with critics and audiences, going from 1-out-of-10 ratings, to 10-out-of-10 ratings and winning awards. For the most part, Boyhood is commended for its unique process, while others can’t help but look past that to the obvious lack of story and therefore find the 3 hour run-time too much to bear.

There seems to be no middle-ground with opinions on this film, you either love it, or you hate it. While it’s true it could have had more of a story, I appreciate a filmmaker trying something new, instead of remaking an old product. Either way, it is going to be talked about for many years to come.

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