Based on the best selling book, Boyhood, is the story of a young boy called Mason who grows up with his older sister Samantha and mother, Olivia. It’s filmed over 12 years using the same actors, showing their lives at various pivotal phases as they grow up. It’s a tentative, poignant film that explores what it means to be a family, life lessons, love, friendship and trust. It’s a beautiful telling of a true to life narrative with a brilliant soundtrack to accompany it.
It charts a typical American childhood from birthdays to first days at school to parents divorcing to first loves and explores all the emotions that go with these events. I literally couldn’t take my eyes off the screen and found myself relating to more than one of the situations he was going through.
It’s often funny, bitter sweet or sad making you want to both laugh and cry at the same time which is something that is very hard for a film to achieve in my eyes. The characters are all hugely relatable and we root deeply for main character, Mason, as he grows into an admirable young man who worries about where his future will be. Although a slightly long film, it will have you captivated at the heart put into each and every performance and each scene which is delivered. Mason drinking his first beer in a friends basement, having his first kiss in the back seat of a car and watching his mum cry when he leaves for college. It is all very moving and reminds us how quick time passes and how much we learn in a short space of time.
The film teaches many important lessons about respecting your elders, success, love and boundaries but the most important would be to stand by who you are and what you believe in. In one scene with mum Olivia, and his sister Samantha, she asks to go to a sleepover at a friends to which her mum says: ‘Remember who you are and what you stand for.” It’s a beautiful quote that I think sums up the essence of this film perfectly.
A must watch for any drama lovers or just if you’re looking for something a bit different.