I was checking movie times as I normally do on the weekend, and was shocked to see Boyhood came to my town. It's a film unlike any other, but it's obscure enough to where I was prepared to wait until it came out online. The second I saw it was here my wife and I ran out to go see it.
Boyhood is going to be in film history classes to come, due to how it was made, and how genuine it is. Richard Linklater spent 12 years making this film focusing on one boy life and growing up experience. It's the same boy the whole time, and we get to watch him go from age 8 to age 18. Not only that, but Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke also star in the film throughout all 12 years of filming. Already a mind-blowing concept, the writing and story is just so real and enthralling. You get to watch a childhood, you grow up with the characters and be part of their experiences.
I told my wife when we left the theater that I felt like I had just binge-watched a tv series. There's so much in this movie, which makes it a heavier film. It isn't for the faint of heart; you're in for almost 3 hours of a boy (and a family's) development. It's hard to watch this movie without relating it to your own childhood, and thinking about how much you've changed over time. Everything felt in the movie by the characters feels so genuine that you can't help but start feeling like you're part of it.
So much had to come together for this film to work, which makes it an even more amazing feat. Linklater had to keep celebrities in the film for 12 years, and I know that had to be a constant scheduling nightmare. This idea really hits you when Ethan Hawke appears for the first time and he looks so much younger than he does today. I can't even begin to wonder how something like this was even possible.
It was a great idea to film this over 12 years, but it wouldn't have been complete without a great story to go along with it. Boyhood isn't a summer blockbuster, or even a movie you get together with your friends to watch on Friday night. It's an experience, a re-living of a childhood that isn't glamorized or unrealistic by any stretch. That can be a bad thing, but in this case, an incredibly rewarding thing. I probably experienced every emotion there is during my viewing of this movie, and I can't help but think my money was well spent. This is a movie that will be talked about for years to come, because there is nothing quite like it.