The film “Boyhood” is a one-of-a-kind movie, following the life of a kid named Mason (Ellar Coltrane) as he transitions from a small boy into a young man. One may think they have seen a coming-of-age story similar to this, but “Boyhood” was filmed for a few days every year for over 12 years and is the only one, so far, of its kind. The movie’s director, Richard Linklater, transforms his work from a classic film project into something unique and impressive.
This fictional drama is shaped by reality, rather than completely based on scripts and professional actors. By following the lives of Mason and his family as they go about their daily routines, Linklater evokes several emotions and themes that lie beneath the surface of everyday life. The film puts into perspective how similar our lives are to the ones around us and how complex they can seem at times. Although the film can be slow-moving, I was oddly enticed by this film and something kept me wanting more. It gave me a greater appreciation for my family life and portrays just how hard it is for a parent to make a good impression on their child.
I felt like I had grown up with Mason over these 12 years, and he had really grown on me. He was my age when the movie concluded, so every stage of his life was relatable to mine and I felt a connection with him that I had not experienced with a movie character before. I was able to connect all of the life lessons and meanings that the movie illustrated to my own life and was able to view my life in a broader perspective. I would recommend this movie to anyone who wants a story to relate to, no matter what their circumstances in life may be.