Instead it just wasted my time. Ethan Hawke, heartbreaking, funny, enormously real and then, Lorelei Linklater, beautiful, unique. Those raving about this movie are just those trying to jump on the bandwagon of the Emperor's New Clothes. The filmmakers never interrogate what drove these guys to create such noisy, depressing music, much less why it resonated with alienated weirdos around the globe. It also holds the highest number of reviews for a film with a score of 100. The production team spent approximately two months in pre-production, and one month in post-production each year. I had some feeling that the cinematographers wanted to work against quality.
Richard Linklater cast his daughter, Lorelei Linklater as Mason's older sister, even though she is only three months older than , who played Mason. Maybe that should've been the title of the movie: The Making of a Typical Millennial. Filmed over 12 years, it follows the life of Mason, who we first meet as a 6 year old. There is no other work to which one can directly compare it without distorting pop culture history. Just boring people leading boring lives, and the gimmick of using real children and filming them at yearly intervals to show how they grow, is just that, a gimmick.
You bear some scars from the experience but overall you just move on. It is a lifeless husk without form or anything resembling a cinematic look. I wanted to keep this comment short, because I don't want to spend more time of my life for this movie, almost three hours was enough. They share experiences such as playing video games and attending a midnight release of. There's a suggestion that he beats her; she's shown lying on the floor of the garage, sobbing. Transitions from age to age were beautiful.
Ambition is good, authenticity is good, realism is good. Sounds good on paper, but whether it's literature, television or film, the basic elements of storytelling need to exist in order to carry us through. When the film actually goes back to something that was introduced earlier it feels extremely contrived like with the bit about Mason's mom advising a latino immigrant about going to school and how he later comes back to thank her for that encouragement. Firstly, Boyhood has absolutely no distinct style. Easily the best movie I have watched in a long time. As an example, the actor of the second husband of Olivia excels in one of the most emotionally straining scenes of the movie.
Normally, in good storytelling, a scene like this might lead to something bad or interesting happening as the result of the sister's irresponsibility, or it might offer some insight into the relationship between Mason and his older sister. Instead, Lords of Chaos simply reduces Norwegian black metal to the story of a bunch of wild and crazy young men doing stupid, fucked-up things. Nothing else was all that interesting. Is this, if film history has taught us anything, what a film should be? Boyhood is pure blankness, shallowness, superficiality, nothingness. We get the sense that in some ways Mason the elder is un-learning what he learned during the first part of his life—an experience that his kids are now going through, with different details. Instead we're given Mason who starts out well enough and grows up to become a typical, Millennial emo kid.
Over time, though, she grows by leaps and bounds, finishing grad school and becoming a teacher and then a person of considerable influence in her community. I have to say: This is true on the most superficial level imaginable. Other than to observe the aging process, we only need to watch about one-third of the movie in order to see what's moderately necessary: the beginning, a couple of sequences with Ethan Hawke, the Evil Drunken Stepdad sequence, perhaps Mason's 16th birthday and Mason leaving for college Arquette's Oscar scene. The trick, though—and this is where Linklater the writer shows how generous and kind he is—lies in realizing that sometimes when parents think they're putting their kids first they're really responding to conditioning, or doing what their society or their gender or their parents told them was the correct thing to do. I've nothing against gay people but we're supposed to believe he's straight. For example, Mason Ellar Coltrane gets bullied in a school bathroom. DeMille for ornate, emotionally charged intricacy, are also rendered in pulsating colors that have the ripe eroticism of the best Technicolor.
Boyhood began filming without a completed script. It was clever,interesting,unique and I couldn't wait to see what had happened to these kids. Linklater had prepared each character's basic plot points, and the ending—including the final shot—but otherwise wrote the script for the next year's filming after rewatching the previous year's footage, incorporating the changes he saw in each actor. Real people in real situations, simply do not look like or act like that. But it isnt that great by any stretch. He was a pessimist with no real goals in life he didn't go through any dramatic transformations or offer anything to the world he didn't achieve much- it was a pointless film.
Then finally near the end of the movie Patricia Arquette, the mother, summed up the whole movie experience for me in a nutshell. Olivia and Jim subsequently break up, and the family's financial situation worsens. And Linklater shoehorns not one but two of them into movie. Louise and Stuart meet on a train, and though they wind up getting off at the same station, they never make a convincing connection. Deleting this from the screenplay is not unlike deciding to deliberately record sound that's over-modulated, or to purposefully under-exposing the film so it's really, really hard to see. If you've seen any of the Before Sunrise Trilogy you should know what to expect. In the end, all dramatic conflict here is sunny and soporific.