Boyhood (2014): 6/10
So after all the hype of Boyhood, I thought I might give it a look and I thought it was alright. I appreciate the hard work that Richard Linklater, Ellar Coltrane, and all the cast and crew that put in 12 years of work to make this film happen. Linklater is known for stuff like this, especially with his Before Trilogy, but what he did for this film is just incredible. Linklater was going into dangerous territory doing this since it’s hard to tell what the future may hold. A huge event might happen that would change the course of the film, an important actor could die, an actor might wanna drop out as Linklater’s own daughter (who plays the lead’s sister) wanted to do; all these things could have happened but Linklater still made the film and much respect has to go to him. I would like to give props to Ellar Coltrane who was the lead actor. He did this for 12 years from age 6 to 18 and was ready to go on set every shooting day. Though I do have some issues with his performance, which I’ll get to later, the work that he put into this film is just extraordinarily.
What I liked about this film was the technical aspects. The cinematography was great and brought out this photo like realism which matched with the main character. The lighting was also great, showing through visual storytelling the mood of a scene and how the character is feeling. The editing, for the most part, was pretty good and the sound design was really good. There’s one part of the film where a character has a fit at a dinner table and the sound editing, creating every single sound that goes on in that scene, feels authentic and I don’t know, the sound editing process just floors me. I did have some issues with the soundtrack, especially towards the beginning, but it was pretty good and accurate most of the time. I guess thinking back on it, the songs used were a product of the time so the songs I didn’t like were probably not meant to be liked, showing how some songs of the time are stupid. When going into this, I theorized that this was going to be a “guitar movie,” as in there are going to be a lot of acoustic guitar songs on the soundtrack and yep, I was right. CONT’D - 0 seconds