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