A new review from The Movie Snob.
Boyhood (B+). I missed this Oscar® contender during its original run, so I’m glad they gave it a re-release. It’s a slice-of-life movie about a boy growing up in Texas in the 21st century — but it’s a very large slice. Director Richard Linklater (School of Rock) filmed this movie over the course of 12 years, using the same actors in the roles so that the boy, Mason (Ellar Coltrane, Fast Food Nation), and his sister Samantha (Lorelei Linklater, the director’s daughter) grow up right before our eyes. Despite the 2:45 run time, my interest never really flagged. But I have to say, the boy was far from the most compelling character in the movie. I was much more interested in his divorced parents — his somewhat frazzled mom (Patricia Arquette, Ed Wood) who is raising him and his sister, and his laid back dad (Ethan Hawke, Before Midnight) who swoops in from time to time — and how they change over time. Maybe I just found them more relatable because they’re closer to my age. On the other hand, maybe mopey Mason just isn’t all that interesting a character. Still, I enjoyed it. Check it out before the Oscars©!