Much has been said about Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood.” Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, it was like being in a time machine. Personally, I think it was the most realistic coming of age for any normal boy.
It was a joy to see the kids grow up and the adults to age before our eyes. My favorite scenes are mostly the ones with Mason Sr. (Ethan Hawke) spending time with Mason (Ellar Coltraine) and Samantha (Lorelei Linklater) when they were much younger. The time when he encouraged them to talk to him more freely, when he talked to them about contraceptives and when father and son talked about kissing. I also cannot forget that scene when their mother Olivia (Patricia Arquette) cried when Mason was about to leave for college.
“I knew this day was coming. I just didn’t realize you’d be so f—ing happy to be leaving, I just thought there would be more.”(Olivia – Boyhood)
This movie with a simple story just grows on you. It flowed quietly, no explosive conflict, no over the top heavy scenes yet it’s very moving and touching.