Richard Linklater is the kind of Journeyman filmmaker that you can only be impressed by.
He works a lot and makes a ton of films (both small indie films and giant studio movies). He has a vast amount of work that showcases a talent in different genres and tones. His movies may not always be great, but his movies will always be worth watching.
I remember hearing about this film back in 2004, and being fascinated by the patience and the approach they plan on making this movie. It’s a lot like the UP Series of documentaries (a series of movie in which the filmmakers follow the lives of 14 British children and we catch up with their lives every 7 years.)
Allow the films official synopsis to give you guys more details on what this movie will be…..
Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater’s BOYHOOD is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason’s parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister Samantha, BOYHOOD charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before. Snapshots of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and graduations and all the moments in between become transcendent, set to a soundtrack spanning the years from Coldplay’s Yellow to Arcade Fire’s Deep Blue. BOYHOOD is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting. It’s impossible to watch Mason and his family without thinking about our own journey.
Knowing about this movie for ten years, I kept wondering how the filming was going or if they were still even making it. Now that there’s a trailer, I sorta still can’t believe it’s finally finished. It’s already played at the SXSW Film Festival and reviews have been great so far.
Even I end up not liking the film as a whole, to honestly shows the growth of a character, and to have it be the same actor, I feel it is a must see movie for being a unique film going experience. No special effects, just a families life growing up right before your eyes.
Check out the trailer below. I’ve already watched it three times in a row. A fantastic and beautifully cut trailer.
Boyhood will be released on July 11, 2014.