Boyhood is a Coming of Age Story 12 Years in the Making
By Jailene Peralta, Copy Editor
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One of most invigorating movies of this year is the film “Boyhood” which is a favorite to take home multiple Oscars this month. Written, produced, and directed by Richard Linklater, this film follows characters around for 12 years in order to create an effective portrayal of a coming of age story.
The film starts off in 2002 as the main character Mason, portrayed by Ellar Coltrane, and his sister, Samantha, live with their single mother Olivia as she struggles to keep her two children in a stable lifestyle. By 2013, Mason has dealt with abusive stepfathers, constantly moving from place to place, drugs and alcohol, and a father trying to regain back the years lost. He is very attentive and constantly uses his frame of reference to comprehend the situations he is put in. By his senior year, he decides to go into photography as it captures his passion.
A major aspect of this movie is how Mason’s mother adapts over time. She struggles through the years as a single mother who never went to college. She endured an abusive life and often can be seen running from her past, but never loses sight of her reason to overcome adversity - her kids. She decides to go back to school and becomes a college professor and depicts the American dream and the idea that it is never too late for anything despite your circumstances. Like her children, she too grows up .
One of the most captivating parts of the movie is how we see the relevance of the past resurface. We start by seeing huge Apple computers and Britney Spears’ music being played on MP3s. Fast-forward several years and we see a midnight screening of “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince”. Soon the Obama campaigns begin and by the end of the movie everyone is engrossed in their iPhones.
An easily relatable feeling occurs as the viewer looks back in time, and reminisce about where they were during that point in time. According to filmfestival.com, Linklater stated, "I've long wanted to tell the story of a parent–child relationship that follows a boy from the first through the 12th grade and ends with him going off to college. But the dilemma is that kids change so much that it is impossible to cover that much ground. And I am totally ready to adapt the story to whatever he is going through. ”
His refreshing and creative thinking makes a movie like no other that correctly depicts the life a child growing up in the early 21st century. He realized that times are changing and a movie should be able to show that.
The content of the movie touches the heart . You will be sad, you will cry, and you will remember distant times. The characters might motivate you to do better, or realize something you didn't before, but one thing that's for sure is that you will not be same after watching this movie. Boyhood is nominated for 6 Academy Awards: Best Picture, Director (Richard Linklater), Supporting Actor (Ethan Hawke), Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette), Original Screenplay, and Editing.
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