Running Time: 165 Minutes.
4 stars out of 4.
Director Richard Linklater's film Boyhood is unlike anything that has ever been put on the silver screen in the history of cinema. This moving 12 year epic tells a simple yet sophisticated coming of age story, that does not give into cliches like so many other coming of age stories. It is a beautifully told story about family, love, relationships, and what connects us all. There really is something for everyone. It is hard to identify its genre as just like life, Boyhood is so unexpected. At times its family drama, then a dark comedy, then a love story, it beautifully and elegantly shifts between genres. Boyhood features tour de force performances from its entire ensemble. Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke are excellent in supporting roles. As they grow, and learn throughout the course of the film, we are right there with them. Newcomer Ellar Coltrane is a revelation, he transitioned from a child, to a teenager, to an adult, all in one film, and showed the ups and downs along the way. While the film is called Boyhood, it easily could have been called Motherhood, or Fatherhood. It is a bleak, interesting, and extremely realistic look at our generation over the years, and just like life Boyhood never fails to surprise you. Richard Linklater has pulled off what seemed like the impossible, and the results are deeply moving, and thought provoking piece of art that represents the various stages of peoples lives, and the importance of love, family, and relationships.