Opens in limited release Friday, July 11
Filmed over the course of 12 years, Richard Linklater’s Boyhood follows the life of a young boy. Starting at the age five, the director would shoot a little footage each year with him and his onscreen family. Over the course of nearly three hours, we see all of the characters age as Linklater gives us an intimate look at a kid’s life growing up in Texas, ending with his first day of college.
While the movie doesn’t have any real narrative, it pulls you into this kid’s life, making you feel like you’re right there with him as he develops his own identity and outlook on the world.
It’s a movie that puts as much importance on the small things in his life as the big events. Little mundane conversations with his father inform us just as much about his development as the more dramatic life-changing moments.
It’s a daring, artistic feat that Linklater could pull off a movie this unique and risky. In the end, we’re left with an overview of a boy’s life that feels intimate and almost real.
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