Tuesday, December 9, 2014

BOYHOOD

Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette,
Lorelei Linklater, Ellar Coltrane

"12 Years in the Making"

Aside from the fact that director Richard Linklater ("Before" trilogy) willingly took twelve long years to film this movie, there isn't much to rave about, really. So I don't really understand how it managed to get the critics nods and garner all the nominations for the best picture category in all the major awards.

"Boyhood" tells the story of Mason who we first see as a 5 year old boy until he reaches 18 years old. He grows up in different households as his mom isn't so lucky when it comes to maintaining her relationships.

Granted that it is a cinematic feat and a lifetime endeavor for its director, having to see the same actors evolve through the years without much conflict would qualify for me more as a documentary than a movie. It won't even be a reality show since those have more drama for our own good yet they are addicting to watch, don't you agree?

Sure it is a unique concept of filming a movie over 12 years with the same cast. But unless you got a very good story and a strong plot to begin with it, it just ends without any impact where nothing of note ever really happens. Except for the visible fact that the kid grows up right before your eyes from a cute little boy to an ordinary young adult.  It deals with how Mason relates with his divorced parents, his older sister as well as the various guys who become his stepfather(s) and the world in general.

But still Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke's performances deserve recognition. As the divorced parents of Mason, they provide support and proper guidance for the son to grow up, for lack of a better word, decent. He is basically a good person with no vices or strange hang ups. He is just as normal as can be.

Seeing Ethan Hawke visibly age and coming into this frequently absent father role is great. He gives a credible portrayal of any divorced father who is trying to be a better parent. Patricia Arquette may not be a big star but she has always been a steady actress. Here as the mom who is not perfect (nobody is perfect, anyway!) but continues to be the best mother she can be given her various limitations, she is impressive.

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