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'Boyhood' Review

Posted: July 16, 2014 - 12:56pm

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 Opens in limited release  Friday,  July 11

Filmed over the course of  12  years, Richard Linklater’s Boyhood follows the life of a young boy. Starting  at the age five, the director would shoot a little footage each year with him and  his onscreen family. Over the course of nearly three hours, we see all of the characters age as  Linklater gives us an intimate look at a kid’s life growing up in Texas, ending with his first day of college.

While the movie doesn’t have any real narrative, it pulls you into this kid’s life, making you feel like you’re right there with him as he develops his own identity and outlook on the world.

It’s a movie that puts as much importance on the small things in his life as the big events. Little mundane conversations with his father inform us just as much about  his  development as the more  dramatic life-­changing moments.

It’s a daring, artistic  feat that Linklater  could  pull  off a movie this unique and risky. In the end, we’re left with an overview of a boy’s life that  feels intimate and almost real.

I’m John at the Movies.

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