|Boyhood (U.S., 2014) directed by Richard Linklater, 165 minutes|
But it's not just about a boy growing up in Texas and his trials and tribulations. With a modest budget and fair to middling production values, it feels more like a documentary about a marriage after two people have parted acrimoniously but still try and remain good parents to their children. And sometimes failing.
|The many faces of Mason|
By his fifteenth birthday, Mason is becoming a young adult experimenting with marijuana and alcohol and taking an interest in girls. He also becomes interested in photography. Coltrane, as an actor, seems to lose a bit of his sparkle even through he is an attractive young man; that sweetness that made him so lovable in the earlier scenes has dissipated a little. Is it the deadening effect of teenagehood when so many teens appear lacklustre, bored, uninterested in those around them or is Coltrane just a poor actor?
Cleverly, Linklater does not hide the adolescent bad skin or piercings nor the weight gain and wrinkles that Mason's parents gain.
The music has been selected from each year of Mason's life and suits the mood of each year perfectly.
Linklater has expressed sadness that the project is at an end after twelve years and we feel it too. Mason's adventure has become our own ... as children who have become adults and as adults who have had children and seen them grow.
I still retain the image of Arquette and Hawke sitting together at the Golden Globes, their hands touching, eagerly awaiting the announcement regarding best film (which Boyhood won) and Coltrane seated quietly in the middle. Perfect.
|Hawker, Coltrane, Arquette, Linklater|