Thoughts on Boyhood

This is a MUST SEE film, Boyhood

Writing about things.

For the inaugural post on this blog, I’m choosing to talk a little bit about Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, the technical tour de force which follows a broken family through 12 years of highs, lows and, most importantly, all the things that come between. Boyhood‘s publicity comes mainly from the way that it was filmed: 12 years of narrative filmed over 12 years of real time, with the actors growing and ageing organically throughout the filming process. Not only do we get to see our protagonist, Mason (Ellar Coltrane) grow from a six year old boy to high school graduate and college student; we also get to see his parents and sister transform completely, too.

As a character, Mason is often less than loveable: he spouts conspiracy theories and ‘deep’ musings on life, the universe and everything; he is reticient beyond belief, and maintains the kind of ‘special snowflake’ syndrome that…

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