BOYHOOD (2014)


A film by Richard Linklater

Cast: Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke

Richard Linklater decided to do a film about a family in America , shooting began in the summer of 2002 and ended in the fall of 2013. Yes it is a risk but ground breaking and never been done like that. Ellar Coltrane who plays the boy of the title, was 7 years old when the movie started filming and 18 when it finished. Basically the all cast aged 12 years. Richard Linklater cast his daughter Loreilei Linklater as Samantha because she was always singing and dancing around the house and wanted to be in his movies. At about the  fourth year of filming, she lost interest and asked for her character to be killed off. Linklater refused, saying it was too violent for what he was planning Lorelei eventually regained her enthusiasm and continued with the project. There were a lot of buzz through the media as Linklater revealed that he film the film for a period of 12 years. We watch the kids grow up and the adult thicken some of them and gray. You have the father of mason who is played by Ethan Hawke lives the bohemian musician life style while the mother Olivia (Patricia Arquette) looking to replace her ex. Mason has a sister who tease him all the time. We see a lot in this film we see the kids in harry potter, we see the series Mad men, and the andy griffin show, the campaign  of Obama, that’s what makes boyhood unique. Mason is a child  who’s parents divorced and his mom moved a lot. he had to make friend al over again. His sister was not happy about it but she went along anyway. Mason senior does not have custody so he has to accommodate  his wife shift. He was on the positive side of it. The parents puts their kid first and it is not easy to do they want sometime to themselves. The father is the playmate to the kids he loves to play with them to take them to the ball game camping fishing trip. As mason’s sister  grow up she want to party with her friends does not want to go with her dad. Mason is the deep thinker of the family. Even when Mason senior is still a teenager even at 40 his apartment is decorated like a teenager. He drives a GTO that is the car he gets girls with and date younger woman later on we see him settle down and having a kid and driving a station wagon. Mason gets into some drugs alcohol and sex with his girlfriend who dumps him for a jock. That is all I am going to say you get the point. Outstanding jobs for the actors and director. A must see.

Ellar Coltrane as Mason in Boyhood




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