Boyhood Captivating Audiences in Real Time

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Boyhood Captivating Audiences in Real Time

Claire Payne, Reporter


The coming-of-age drama, Boyhood, revolutionizes the history of film because it was filmed over a period of 12 years. It is interesting watching the cast grow up before your eyes. The movie follows a young boy named Mason, played by Ellar Coltrane. Boyhood follows Mason’s life as he faces many challenges such as, having not only one but two alcoholic stepfathers, lack of money, sibling rivalries, an absent father, and even domestic abuse at home. Boyhood achieves relativity with its audience as Mason goes through the complicated and confusing times of childhood and adolescence.

The strange technique used to film Boyhood gives an interesting perspective on the entire concept of life. In most movies, time is achieved as a blocky and cut up aspect. For example, in the classic Citizen Kane, scenes hop around in time like how it starts with young Kane and the next scene features the journalist who will investigate Kane after his death.

However, this film confronts time smoothly and gradual. One second, you’ll see six year-old Mason running around and the next second, it will gradually transform into eight year-old Mason. As I watched the film, I found myself just flowing through the rivers of life and Mason’s adventures.

Another interesting aspect of the movie was its portrayal of everyday mundane occurrences like eating dinner at the table or just casual conversations between family members. Other movies and TV shows make life seem so formal and uptight, when actually our lives are quite simple and casual. The film makes the viewer feel like a part of Mason’s family and going through their challenges.

Another movie or series of movies with actors and actresses growing up in front of you is the Harry Potter film series. Throughout the movies, you watch as the actors and actresses grow up. They started out as 12 years old, and by the end of the series, they were 22. Boyhood and this film series share similar coming-of-age themes such as the loss of innocence and finding a sense of belonging in life.

The movie features Ethan Hawke (Dead Poets Society, The Purge) as Mason’s dad, Patricia Arquette (Medium) as Mason’s mother, and introduces Lorelei Linklater (who is also the director’s daughter) as Mason’s sister.

However, the movie felt as if it were dragging along, and there wasn’t much comedy to loosen up the movie full of constant drama and issues. We all have our own problems, so to have this movie centered around issues, it felt a little heavy. Overall, Boyhood revolutionizes the history of film and provides an interesting perspective on life.