Film review: Boyhood
- Freda Cooper
When a film takes years to make, it’s often not a good sign. Richard Linklater’s Boyhood took a total of 12 – and there’s absolutely nothing to worry about. He wanted it that way.
It follows Mason (Ellar Coltrane) as he grows from a six year old boy to a young man of 18, going off to college. But there’s no change of actor. Instead, the director took the novel, and more realistic, approach of using the same actor all the time. Every year over the course of 12 years, the same cast and crew re-united to film the next stage of the story, so we watch Mason grow before our very eyes.
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