Excerpt: ‘Boyhood’ reveals itself as something deeper, more noteworthy and ambitious than even its remarkable production would suggest, for Linklater has given us nothing less than a cinematic approximation of human memory.
Excerpt: But what is truly moving is seeing her succumb to her own happiness–having a successful career, watching her children grow up in their own ways, and even getting that unexpected compliment from their father and her first husband (played by Ethan Hawke) who reaffirmed that, hey, in spite of everything she did alright.
Excerpt: I imagine that Linklater’s ultimate agenda back in 2002 was to make the child both known and unknown, to incur nodding recognition and awed surprise in equal measure. Nobody could have predicted how successful he’d be.
Excerpt: Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is the greatest gimmick film since Christopher Nolan’s Memento (2001) precisely because its gimmick—in this case, shooting the film little bits at a time over 12 years so that the actors naturally age on screen—doesn’t feel gimmicky at all, but rather like a fundamentally organic part of the creative process.
Excerpt: Taking biographical journeys and cinema to the next level, BOYHOOD goes beyond an inspired, unprecedented stunt, gimmick, or experiment and comes out a visionary, all-encompassing time capsule made up of moments that, without a single falsehood, feel real and full.
Excerpt: The real reason to seek Boyhood out is in the way Linklater explores these characters with equal parts empathy and voyeurism. Just like the way our own memories work, picking random scenes from our lives as we try to make sense of the whole complex endeavor, we simply enter the memories of a young boy whose instantly relatable confusions, joys and frustrations are presented to us like a bunch of old-fashioned slides spread across an empty room.
Excerpt: Richard Linklater is a fan of philosophical discussions. Boyhood is no different, exploiting an unexpected gimmick of filming the same actors over a span of 12 years, creating a compelling coming of age story about a young boy whose childhood is little different from those many of us experienced growing up.
Excerpt: There is a spirit of John Cassavetes about this film, wherein the story or even an overarching point are somewhat unnecessary and the focus is on reality, human nature and possibilities. Boyhood is packed with nuance and detail and will probably prove to be endlessly rewatchable and new.
Excerpt: Boyhood is a quiet-but-powerful experience that expresses a poignant authenticity about growing up (and, particularly, growing up in the USA). Some scenes brought back waves of memories for me, and others brought tears to my eyes; this is a film like no other, the definitive coming-of-age movie.
Excerpt: By contrasting his young protagonist with the older characters, Linklater illustrates the way that youth’s receptiveness to the present is slowly replaced with the anxiety, regret, and self-pity of adulthood.
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