Richard Linklater already boasts an incredible list of films; The Before trilogy, Bernie, Dazed and Confused, A Scanner Darkly and now his best yet. Without doubt, the most challenging and rewarding project yet, Boyhood. Richard Linklater announced the project back in 2002, stating that he wanted to be able to tell the story of a parent-child relationship from a young age to his college years. Before watching this film or even knowing about the project, the thought of filming the same project for over 12 years, with the same actors sounds like a mountain to climb, but he has poured his absolute time and energy into this project, which is something very close to his heart, and it shows on screen. This has to be labelled one of the greatest films of all-time.
If anyone disagrees on my comment above, I will be ready to fight to the death as there is no way in hell you can even question this film, in any way, shape or form. What’s great about this film, is not only is the acting absolutely superb, its feels completely genuine. It’s all from the heart, and it’s very relatable. Nothing out of the ordinary ever happens. The story stays very in tune with real life situations, which makes it such an enjoyable film. There are problems that arise such as divorce, sibling fights, family arguments, love, friends and just plain old growing up. Watching Ellar Coltrane, the boy who is a part of history, grow up in front of our very eyes is a joy to watch. Patricia Arquette is the outstanding actor in the film; she plays the role of a single young mum in a respectful manner and shows the struggles of life looking after two young children, while trying to juggle a career of her own.
Richard Linklater is the one to be praised. What he has done is, is not only make film history by historically catching the growing up of a boy, but he has captured the feel of a real life family, chartering their problems and adventures and making it into one of the easiest and most relaxing watches that I can think of. Richard Linklater has to be recognised finally for his efforts, for like I stated above, not only making one of the most ambitious projects of all time, but making it into a masterpiece. And that’s why Boyhood is. A masterpiece. No doubt about that at all.
If he isn’t Oscar nominated, I will fly to Hollywood myself and steal an Academy award myself and give it to him. There is seriously no other film like this out there, and don’t even bother looking, because you will get nowhere! I cannot stop praising this film; there is not a bad bone in this film, none at all!
Five out of five stars for Boyhood. A modern masterpiece!