Boyhood, a film nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, was written and directed by Richard Linklater. It was filmed in Austin over a 12 year period with the same cast, following 6 year old Mason Jr. (Ellar Coltrane) and his family as he approaches adulthood. The story is portrayed through Mason’s eyes, and you see him from childhood into adulthood–it’s definitely a coming of age story.
I loved this movie, and it’s definitely one of my favorites. I found the story easy to relate to, and I also loved being able to watch all the characters change over time, which is not at all common in a movie. A special treat for me was that I know a few of the actors and actresses in the film. I know the abusive stepfather (Marco Perella) and the mom’s friend (Barbara Chisolm) who takes her in when she leaves her husband. My mother has many connections in the theatre and film community whom I have been able to meet. It was also entertaining to see all the familiar places around Austin.
What’s really great about this film is how it shows time passing by. Because it uses the same cast through the years, you are really able to see Mason grow up and mature along with the other actors and actresses. Boyhood captures those little moments in life that pass by so quickly that you might miss them. For example, the conversations you have in the car with your mom, going camping with your dad, and everyday sibling drama. One of the big themes of the movie is how we think that life is just a “series of milestones” when really, what if it’s all those little moments in-between?
I strongly recommend this movie, because it really makes you think about the value of life. I think that it is emotional, touching, relatable, and a worthwhile film. It is one of those movies that everyone should see in their lifetime.