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Reviewed by amyfaulkner GB / Joined amyfaulkner 2015
USA, 2014, 164 minutes Drama, Coming of Age
Boyhood, directed by Richard Linklater, has an almost unnerving quality. Not for its lack of credibility but rather for its unprecedented realism as we witness the actors in this film actually growing up, achieved by Linklater's decision to invite them back for a few days every year to film the next sequence of the film. The unusual cinematic technique engenders powerful results creating nuances within a film which we may not be used to but soon grow on us. For example great chunks of time are skipped over in a single heartbeat leaving us to interpret what has happened in the meanwhile as well as gage the scope of time we've missed from the fresh lines on mother Patricia Arquette's face and the floppy new crop of hair heaped on Mason's (Ellar Coltrane) head. Forgoing a certain comprehensive plot line, instead we have a moving tale of a boy growing up. And the best thing is that we can recognise just how he changes and what he learns. A fantastic watch particularly for those who have just seen the back of their teenage days as the film contains all the great highlights of our childhood including a Harry Potter release and a rendition of Soldier Boy.
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