April 23, 2021

Movie Beat: Boyhood

Do yourself a favor and see the movie “Boyhood” in a theater. It won’t be for the special effects (none) or stunning cinematography (some) but for the heightened experience of seeing this wonderful 12-years-in-the-making film with other appreciative people.

The phenomenal lead actor Ellar Coltrane will remind you of your son, or nephew or even of yourself from ages 6 to 18. The audience veritably experiences this boy growing into young manhood through all of the vicissitudes of his parents’ divorce, bad stepfathers,changing residences and discovering the opposite sex.

Richard Linklater is no stranger to long form storytelling having created the trilogy “Before Sunrise,” “Before Sunset” and 2013’s “Before Midnight” starring Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke.
In this current film, Hawke is the errant father who nonetheless provides some emotional support for his son and daughter, marvelously played by Linklater’s real life daughter, Lorelei. Patricia Arquette, who took time out periodically from her TV show “Medium” during the dozen years of shooting, plays the beleaguered mother who grows up along with her kids. The magic of the movie is seeing both the adults and children affected by time and maturity. The outward things like hair and clothing may change but it is the emotional alterations that hit us in the gut with a “been there” commiseration.

One word of caution: the movie is 2:44 minutes long so you may not want to buy a big gulp drink this time around.

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