The best movie you can see this summer isn’t one that relies on CGI or explosions to catapult it into the stratosphere, but one that simply showcases the always mysterious time and its uncanny ability to change us all. Boyhood, shot with the same actors over a period of 12 years, is epic, profound, and tugs on every heartstring a human being can possibly have. It’s the most realistic portrait of a modern child coming of age that will most likely ever be captured on film. If you can sit through all 2 hours and 45 minutes of this movie without having some part of it resonate with you or hit home, then you’ve probably forgotten what it’s like to be a child.
Richard Linklater is a genius. Seriously, he’s an out-and-out fucking genius. After his perfect Before trilogy, which was groundbreaking in and of itself, he takes film to another level with Boyhood. He had the balls to do a 12 year project, which at any time could have gone completely to shit. Ellar Coltrane, who does a brilliant job as Mason, a wide-eyed boy that ends up an artistic and thoughtful young man, was not contractually obligated to continue with the film and could have pulled out at any time. He also could have turned out completely different from how Linklater envisioned Mason. It’s a testament to Linklater that his undying faith in his star and his star’s family going along for the whole ride turned into something that is nothing short of a masterpiece. His supporting cast, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, and Linklater’s own daughter, Lorelei Linklater also stuck with the project and do beautifully as well.
Some people might not be completely on board with this film as there’s no real plot and is heavy on the dialogue, but that’s what’s so beautiful about it. Like life, it’s both simple and complex, pulling you in different directions. There’s a family center that keeps the film focused, undeniably entertaining and deeply moving. I get chills just thinking about it and already wanna watch it again. It’s gonna be extremely hard for any movie to top this one as my fave of 2014.