Review: Boyhood

BY JAKE WHEELER

“Boyhood” is one of the most anticipated films of the year. The movie was filmed over twelve years with the same actors. The film is about a boy’s life and all the things he has done and seen over that time span. Directed by Richard Linklater, it’s a long-term project that stars actors like Ethan Hawke and Ellar Coltrane. This movie really shows the transition from boyhood to manhood.

My opinions of the movie have changed over time. The movie was very well done, and the directing and acting was excellent. The acting was done over a period of twelve full years. It’s extremely impressive. Since the movie is so highly regarded by critics, you may think I will proceed to tell you how great this movie is, but that’s not exactly how it is. When I first watched this movie I was overwhelmed. There was so much hype surrounding the film. To me, the movie seemed to be more of an artistic wonder. It was so delicately-crafted. However, I disliked how love was the actual meaning of the story. As you follow the lives of the characters, one is supposed to pick up on subtle things and understand these subtleties. It was very beautifully done but I definitely have felt better about other movies before. That’s why I felt this film wasn’t as legendary as people were saying.

The best parts of the movie were the visuals and audio. It was very well done. The soundtrack fit the “boyhood” scene perfectly. The visuals were just great, as you actually get to see the kid grow up. This is something you do not see in films, and it was a spectacular aspect of the film. This whole movie displayed a concept wonderfully that others have tried and failed to do. The directors and actors pulled it off very well.

“Boyhood” is a must see and I give this movie a 8 out of 10. WIth a concept that is amazing and such great directing, this movie is a must see for everyone that will understand. It can really touch people with its very artistic view and it is truly a game changer for the world of cinematography.

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