Director: Richard Linklater
I felt this movie was chilling, boyhood was an awesome piece that must be seen. I was taking breaks at times because it's a 3 hr and 45 min movie, but regardless of the time, the storyline was well worth it.
I have been studying Richard Linklater's work lately, mostly slacker and the many interviews that can be found on YouTube. In addition I became a fanatic for his style of adding conspiracy theories in his movies as well as letting the dialouge do the pacing for the film. This movie boyhood certainly is fit for the same style. A boy growing up doesn't fit in doesn't really know what he wants to be doesn't know what he wants to do. Takes photos for fun and finds his passion, but the story is centered around dialouge to connect his past present and future. The strange thing is the movie feels too real. For example, the movie always feels as if the moment he's always seizing, is seizing the boy. The film takes place in Austin and Houston mostly, showing a lot of grungy areas and a few nice places to live, but again the cinematography isn't what hooks you. What hooks you is the dialouge! You'll see,.... There are some scenes that almost seem like they could've happened to me, or should I say that they fit my personality. Growing up I wasn't always moving but I did switch schools a few times, but what I think fit me the most is questioning everything. That and picking up a camera for the fun of it. Or maybe what that movie and I have in common the most is the apsiration to be important to feel needed and to feel like your moment is seizing you no matter what pressures the world has on you.
Boyhood the movie was all about pressures the world has on you, influences and the social media age takeover and the way we think we are seizing time but time is really just seizing us and how we just have to embrace it.
It's not really a love story, it's not a movie about a kid who is looking for a job. It's about a boy who grew up too fast and wants to get away from all the pressures in the world, get a job, go to college, what college, what kind of job do you want how do you wanna live etc...; the movie talks about all those pressures and all of the mediums that are taking us out of this world quicker because we didn't leave the screen to go live! It's about trying to stay a boy and still be a man. The script is phenomenal and the movie is even more brilliant. One of the best scenes is the end where the mom has a midlife crisis breakdown and the son is like what do you want me to do you tell me I have to go to preschool then k-12 I did that, then you tell me to go to college I'm doing that lol what more do you want me to do? And to me this is the whole point of the movie the setup and payoff... BECAUSE I CANT KEEP DOING WHAT YOU WANT ME TO DO!
Do what you love to do not what your mom would love for you to do!
You can't take out your moms trash all of your life.
So I thought boyhood was a great movie... In conclusion, I feel inspired by this movie. For a director to follow actors for 12 years to film a movie is genius! Richard Linklater and Lee Daniels both deserve an oscar for their creation. I could write about this movie all day long but I have to go make my own so until you see what I have to bring to the table, please in the meantime go see boyhood.