Ina movie that is filmed with the same cast members shot in increments over thecourse of 12 years directed by Richard Linklater, Boyhood is a groundbreaking coming of age drama.
Linklater’s stylefor this film was executed precisely. As the audience, we get to witness thearc of the story and the physical and emotional transformations each of thecharacters experience as they grow and age against the backdrop of the worldand its events. At the core of the movie, it is less about whatit means to be a young boy than it is an aura of time and what it means to belive in the moment.
Thefilm’s scenes depict the average America culture represented by events offamily meals, outings, birthdays, and graduation. All these adventures capturemajor milestones in each of the character’s lives. Through the eyes of Mason, played by the film’sprotagonist, Ellar Coltrane, you see so much curiosity, confusion, and concern.Samantha, Mason’s older sister, played by the director’s daughter, Lorelei Linklater,is very mature for her age and grows up right before our eyes. She changes from an obnoxiouslittle girl determined to make her brother cringe at the very thought of her toa preoccupied young lady contemplating her next move in life.
And then there’s theirmother, Olivia, played by Patricia Arquette, who seems to never be really be satisfiedwith anything in life. Therefore, she endures a series of significant others that don’t necessarily mean herany good all while trying to build a career and take care of her family. Mason Sr., their father