Boyhood Review


  • Between Thanksgiving and Christmas I see an absurd amount of movies.
    • Christmas is usually where I make the cut for the year and make my Top 10 Best and Top 5 worst.
      • Sorry everyone who wants me to review “Into the Woods” before the end of the year…
    • So the first one that I’ve seen in this insane span of time is the “moving 12 year epic” that is Boyhood!
    • And it’s pretty decent.


  • Direction is usually one of my later points, but Richard Linklater is the star of this movie.
  • If you guys didn’t hear, Boyhood was shot for a little bit every summer, each summer, for 12 years, and it just wrapped last year.
  • Do I believer Boyhood will get nominated for Best Picture?
    • It could, but it may not.
    • Do I believe Richard Linklater will get nominated for Best Director?
      • I bet anything.
    • Linklater had guts to go to a studio and say, “man, twelve years from now this is gonna pay off!”
    • And it did! The film is shot absurdly well.
    • The way the movie looks is SOOOOO consistent, which blows me away.
      • By that, I mean this: I was expecting the first few minutes to look like the iffy quality American Pie was shot in, and the last few minutes to have the glorious feel of Prisoners.
      • But the entire film is in extremely good quality, which blew me away.
    • Props to Richard Linklater, and even if he doesn’t win Best Director, I’m pretty confident he’ll be nominated.

Cast and Characters

  • The real star of this movie is the kid, played by Ellar Coltrane (yes, I had to look that up).
    • His character is a pretty emotion-less kid, which could be pretty hard to connect with sometimes, but you do get why.
      • This type of personality is kinda weird to grasp early on, but when the actor is about 14 you start to see it transcend into a character.
    • I think Ellar Coltrane really brings what he’s got to this character, which isn’t much at first, but really develops it later on.
      • He isn’t Oscar worthy by any means, and he probably won’t even break further into Hollywood, but his portrayal of Mason was really well done.
    • Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke are the two real actors in this movie and I loved both of them.
      • Patricia Arquette playing the mom was really heartbreaking sometimes (again, not Oscar worthy, but really solid), and she played the role really well.
      • Ethan Hawke as the dad was my favorite character in the film, and he showed the most development and eloquence.
    • Simply put: every actor in this film gives a really solid performance.
      • Which is a complement, since most of them are unknowns.


  • I put plot and theme together on this one because they’re intertwined.
  • When I was watching the movie I felt like I was watching a series of short films, which worked really well compiled together.
    • In short, there really isn’t a definitive plot.
  • The film deals more with events and milestones in the life of a family, and what they all mean.
  • It’s actually the reflection of the film that makes it more special.
    • When you think of Boyhood, you think of all the milestones you’ve passed in your own life, and the ones still coming.
    • You think of what it means to be a kid again, and what it was like growing up.
    • You think what is the point of life?
      • It’s not just one point, but several points. Several points in time that make up one life.
    • This movie showed great themes through its timing and less through its plot.

In Conclusion

  • In conclusion, Boyhood really was a different film unlike many I’ve seen.
  • It reminded me A LOT of The Spectacular Now, only it deals with a family.
    • Or maybe The Spectacular Now meets Good Will Hunting?
  • Boyhood was an extremely deep film that barely leaves the shallow water, in the most inventive way possible.
  • All of the actors are great and I’m interested in seeing what many of them do next.
  • I don’t know that this is one of my favorite films of the year, I don’t even think it makes my Top 10 (I’ve seen A LOT of movies this year), but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t an extraordinary film.
  • I’m gonna give Boyhood the “I’d See It Again” rating, even though it’s only replay value may be in a film class.


  • Perfect family film for this Thanksgiving season!


So guys, those are my thoughts on Boyhood. What are your thoughts? Let me know down below, and as always, thanks for reading guys.

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