Yeah, I guess so and I’m pretty pissed about it because it is very possible that this movie will get the nomination that Interstellar deserved. As many of you may have realized, lately, the Oscar for the best motion picture tends to go to more realistic movies. Oh, yes, cry, baby, cry, but it is in vain! So wipe your tears ’cause Christoper Nolan won’t get his Oscar anytime soon. So let’s discuss a little bit about Boyhood, shall we? ‘Cause after all it is a pretty good movie although it steals Interstellar’s place through its realistic tone.
Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater‘s Boyhood is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason, who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason‘s parents and Lorelei Linklater, (the director’s daughter), as his sister Samantha, Boyhood charts the rocky terrain of childhood and adolescence like only a few films had done before.
Olivia (Patricia Arquette) is a struggling, single mom living in small town in Texas trying to orient boyfriends to the fact that she has obligations and responsibilities they just don’t really understand. Mason Sr. (Ethan Hawke) is an absentee father who hasn’t seen his kids in a year, taking off to Alaska to clear his head after the break-up, though he’s trying to make up for lost time and stay involved in the lives of his kids.
I personally believe that this movie deserves to be called a masterpiece simply for the great effort that has been made during these 12 years while the movie was filmed and put together in a whole. Basically, the director managed to condense a lifetime in 2 hours and 45 minutes. Isn’t that amazing, or what? Also, I believe that as a creator, is pretty difficult to maintain the same artistic pulse for so many years because, as many argue, you are a different person every day so it is hard to uniformly build something.
On the other hand, Boyhood has some weak spots too. What I didn’t like about this movie was the sometimes bad playing and here I am talking about Lorelei Linklater who had a second-rate performance using unnatural reactions. She indeed got better with the age, but not good enough unlike her colleague, Ellar Coltrane, who had a breakthrough performance.
Also, an interesting aspect about this movie, is that the action is flat. The picture begins funny and playful in the early years of Mason, but it then tends to pick up banal spots from his life and the average viewer might get bored. The cumulative result of Boyhood is, however, stunning for a specialized cinephile because the beauty lays in the simplicity and the authenticity of the action.
We all get those nostalgic flashbacks when, in the end, we realize that Mason has grown to be a thoughtful, deep-thinking teenager, don’t we? That’s certaintly a proof that this film has achieved its purpose, but I believe that the director could have used some other bigger moments from Mason’s life – especially in adolescence – moments that would’ve emotionally shook the viewer more.
Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is a marvelous life journey and I think that it represents the perfect time capsule for the future generations. As a movie, it is a remarkable accomplishment sprinkled with patience and hard work that will probably win many prizes although it doesn’t deserve them all.
Meanwhile, we gotta wait and see how the other movies are. And I’m talking about those that will probably enter the Oscar race.
P.S. : It’s been said that Ellar Coltrane might get an Oscar nomination too. I don’t think I mind that much. The kid worked really hard for this movie but he doesn’t deserve the nomination. They sould consider nominating Jake Gyllenhaal instead.