Writer: Richard Linklater
Starring: Ellar Coltrane
Home Release: Out Now
There are many films out there that span the lives of a family over many years, as the children age the actors change, or the mum dons a slightly different wig. It's not necessarily a new concept in Hollywood, but this film handles the subject in a new an exciting way. Boyhood follows Mason (Coltrane) and his family for 12 years; ad the film was made over 12 years, so as the movies characters travel and age, as do the actors on screen.
She deals with some of the heavier subjects in the film, and with each hurdle Arquette stands up as Olivia and fights, she doesn't let being a young mother stop her, and she wins the battles she has to fight. However at the end of the film, when both her children have moved out she realizes that her biggest battle was being a mother, and now she has won that battle she can't see whats left for her. It is this moment when you realize you haven't been watching Patricia Arquette on that screen, you've been watching this single mother take on the world, grow before your eyes. It's her journey I enjoyed the most, and it's this reason she won the Golden Globe and has a Academy Award nomination.
|Ellar Coltrane, Ethan Hawke|
& Lorelei Linklater
Director Richard Linklater has taken what many would see as the impossible and made it possible; he has created a film over the course of 12 years. No-one knew if it was going to be successful, and yet this group of talented people came together to create it. Everything about it is simple; there's no graphics on screen that blatantly tell us that it is 'year two', and the performances are gentle and passionate without being over bearing. It is a huge task taken on by everyone, and what a success it is. In her Golden Globe acceptance speech, Patricia Arquette described this film as "so human, so simple and ground breaking and significant in the history of cinema"; this is what they set out to achieve and Boyhood did just that.