Last weekend we saw the extraordinary movie Boyhood. As of now, Boyhood still has 9/10 on IMDB, which puts it up there with The Shawshank Redemption and The Godfather Parts I and II.
Directed by Richard Linklater, the movie follows a boy named Mason as he grows up.
One of the things that makes this movie so amazing is that it was filmed over a 12 year period. So rather than watching the actors age with costume makeup and grey wigs, we actually see them age. Somehow in just under three hours, you are left feeling like you really did watch Mason grow up.
Mason is played by Ellar Coltrane. Partricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke do an amazing job playing Mason’s divorced parents, Olivia and Mason Sr. Linklater’s daughter Lorelei Linklater plays Mason’s sister Samantha (apparently at one point she asked her Dad if he could kill off her character).
Some of my favorite things about the movie:
- Mason’s relationship with his father. One of my favorite scenes is when Mason asks Mason Sr about magic—specifically elves. His Dad gives a wonderful answer about the magic of an animal like the whale, and Mason’s response to this is classic. It’s beautiful to watch that relationship mature over time, it’s almost as if Mason and his father (who is an absent, dead-beat dad for much of the movie) grow up together.
- The realism. From the Harry Potter craze when the kids are little, to the awkward-but-sweet broken family get together for Mason’s graduation, to the seeming permanence and then swift demise of high school relationships, this movie really captures some of those shared and universal moments.
- There is a scene in the movie, towards the end, where Partricia Arquette’s character is approached by a young man she advised to go to school. He tells her she changed his life, and tells Mason and Samantha that they should listen to their mother. It accurately reflects that time in your life when you realize your parents might be something more than just your parents. That they may have impacted and influenced somebody other than you.