Boyhood has been on my list of films to watch for months before the Oscar nominees were announced, though I had no doubt of it’s nomination given all that I was hearing. The idea that they filmed this over the course of 12 years fascinated me, and I couldn’t wait to see how it worked on film.
I enjoyed the movie, but didn’t love it. It was interesting, and I enjoyed getting to see the characters age on the screen, instead of seeing a series of actors portraying the same role at different ages. The only way you could even judge the passage of time in the movie was through the aging of the characters, since there was very little other reference points to tell you time was passing. At times I found this frustrating – I wanted to know exactly how much time was passing between scenes – but in a way it was also refreshing; how much time was passing didn’t matter so much as the simple fact that time was indeed passing.
This movie certainly isn’t one for viewers who enjoy action. The film is simply about the life of a boy, and there isn’t any action taking place. There’s no plot at all aside from life and growing up. Given that the film was nearly three hours long, this meant that at times it felt very slow, but I wouldn’t go so far as to say that I was ever bored.
The performances were fantastic. I enjoyed the entire cast, and Patricia Arquette definitely deserves her Oscar nomination; her performance was possibly my favorite in the film.
Overall this film wasn’t one of my favorites, though I suspect it has a good chance of winning Best Picture.
Favorite Moment: I loved the brief scene of the Harry Potter midnight release party. I really miss those days.
1. The Theory of Everything
2. The Imitation Game
3. American Sniper
5. The Grand Budapest Hotel