Boyhood – 4.5 out of 5
I originally reviewed this at SXSW in March. It is now being released. So far this is my favorite movie of 2014.
This is a great movie that everyone should see when it comes out in July. It’s a narrative that took over 12 years to make. Richard Linklater shot for 3 days every year with the same actors telling the journey of a boy and his family as he grows from 1st grade to his first few days of college. While Linklater had the basic arc he wanted to follow it’s interesting to watch as he weaves in the cultural events of the time into the story. And it’s just fascinating to watch as he and his family go through change (including physical changes during those 12 years). While nothing incredibly exciting is going on plot wise it’s just fascinating to watch. This also had an excellent cast led by Ethan Hawke (also great in Predestination), Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane (as the boy) and Lorelei Linklater (the director’s daughter) as his sister.
This movie packs an emotional wallop.