This wonderful film was quite an achievement for director Richard Linklater, and everyone who was involved with making it. Boyhood is a cinematic adventure that you have to experience. It may not be a perfect movie, but the tone, story and characters were fantastic.
The TV spot that was released highlights the growth of the central character of the film, Mason Jr., played by Ellar Coltrane from age 6 to age 18. It's done as a set of photos that flashes by in quick succession.
Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater's BOYHOOD is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason's parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister Samantha, BOYHOOD charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before. Snapshots of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and graduations and all the moments in between become transcendent, set to a soundtrack spanning the years from Coldplay's Yellow to Arcade Fire's Deep Blue. BOYHOOD is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting. It's impossible to watch Mason and his family without thinking about our own journey.
Boyhood opens limited this week, on July 11th, and expands on July 18th. Thanks to /Film for the spot!