Students relive childhood in Boyhood


By John KeusenkothenBoyhood-Gallery-2
Eagle Staff

Richard Linklater’s new movie “Boyhood” not

only was an independent smash hit critically and

commercially, but a picturesque movie of many

St. Thomas student’s childhood and teenage

years in the 2000s until today.

This movie focuses on Mason, a five year old boy growing up in various cities in Texas until he is off

to college. Boyhood is not only an artistic and experimental film for various reasons. The film took

twelve years to make starting in 2002. Because of this, the actors aged naturally, unlike the usual film

technique of swapping to younger or older actors or using excessive makeup to change the characters

age; Boyhood stuck with the same main cast throughout its run time.

Finally, there is no real “plot” to the film since there is no end goal. The film’s purpose is character

development through the mind and life of a growing boy hence its title. Many students should find

the scenes in the movie close to heart. Its lack of direction, lets the viewer interpret Mason’s actions

and relate it to themselves.

The film touches on many aspects of growing up in this time frame. From five year old Mason making

nonsensical remarks, dealing with his annoying siblings, and being genuinely curious to eighteen year

old Mason showing teenage rebellion through procrastination intellectual theories and the pursuit of


Other aspects of this “movie realm” is its flawless progression of culture. The music fitting each age

and year, the technology advancements from the Gameboy childhood present to playing with the

friends, the new Wii, and even references toward President Obama and the love of other popular

films and internet videos. Boyhood is the cookie cutter definition of the highlights of life, which

among other things makes this film more interesting.

His uniqueness in style has always stayed do to his quirky opinions on human psychology. This film is

rated R for sexual references, teen drug and alcohol use.

Keeping that in mind, the film stretches the realism by adding the personal struggles in our lives

without exaggerating them to unbelievable proportions (Spring Breakers, Horrible Bosses) which are

usually done artistically or comedic wise.

Instead this movie focuses on the developing an interesting believable friend that the viewer can grow

to know in its 2 hour and 45 minute runtime to be friends with. I would honestly rate this movie of a

strong 9/10.



John Keusenkothen is a senior at St. Thomas and is the resident movie expert of The Eagle. Keusenkothen will answer any question about movies unless one asks him what his favorite is. His favorite holiday is National Nothing Day, (January 16th) and his favorite role model is himself. Approach with caution and possibly with chocolate milk.