(Richard Linklater, 2014)

with Robb Stey, Eccles Theatre, 1/19/14



Logistically, this is a highly ambitious movie; shot over the course of twelve years, it follows the growth of a boy from the tender age of seven to the even-more-tender age of nineteen.  Narratively, though, Boyhood‘s ambitions are quite modest; it’s little more than a series of loosely joined vignettes, with a few characters in common, but not much else to connect them.  Some of these episodes are striking and memorable; others are overly familiar and disposable.  The strangest thing about Boyhood is how long the movie lingers on its protagonist’s nineteen-year-old incarnation – as if the rest of the film were merely a prologue to the sufferings and epiphanies of this sensitive young man.  This tends to undermine the very thing that made Boyhood distinctive in the first place; if it’s really the late adolescence that most interested Linklater, then why did he need to take those twelve years?  Still, the movie does have a certain cumulative power, and it does capture some worthwhile truths about living, growing, and the painful joys of family.

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