Boyhood is an extraordinary movie – it was shot over the course of 12 long years, starting in 2002. After every year would end, Richard Linklater, would bring together all of the cast members and have them check up with each of their unique character’s lives, spinning together an elaborate tapestry for one of the characters’ in particular, Mason.
Mason (Ellar Coltrane) is a young boy from Texas, and in this film, he comes-of-age, and with all of that you also meet the different characters that have contributed to the building of his personality, his characteristics. The film starts off when the kid is just 6 years old and sporting a mop of sandy brown hair: he watches cartoons on television, like how all boys that age behave, gets tortured by his “societal privileged” older sister, be constantly subjected to shouting matches between his parents, and spends his free time, browsing through a lingerie catalogue. The only closeness he feels is with his father, played by Ethan Hawke, and this materializes during a campfire conversation, regarding Star Wars.
Film rating: 8/10.