Rave Reviews for the Movie Boyhood – Trailer

Ellar ColtraneHands down, Boyhood is one of the best movies released in 2014. This American drama was written but also co-produced and directed by Richard Linklater. To ensure the right message was sent to viewers, Linklater chose an amazing cast of actors to include Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Ellar Coltrane, and Lorelei Linklater, among many others. What most people do not realize is that to capture the transition of Coltrane’s life from childhood to adulthood, the movie took 12 years to film.

Initially shown at the Sundance Film Festival, Boyhood was released for public viewing in July 2014 and continues to be shown in theaters across the country. Since its release, this movie has received rave reviews and lots of praise from major critics for its incredible direction, acting, and vision. Linklater took quite a gamble for various technical aspects of the film but beyond that, the trust and energy he invested in a six-year-old boy back in 2002 when filming first began was a major risk but one that definitely paid off.

The plot of Boyhood encompasses the lives of Mason, played by Ellar Coltrane, his older sister Samantha, Lorelei Linklater, and their mother Olivia, played by Patricia Arquette. Like any other American family, there are daily challenges and struggles to overcome. The movie starts out with the family living in a small Texas town but after an argument between Olivia and her then boyfriend, they uproot to Houston. There, Olivia attends college and eventually marries her professor, Bill.

The story continues with the marriage of Olivia and Bill and their blended family. Unfortunately, not only is Bill an extremely strict parent to all the children, he has a major drinking problem that leads to physical abuse toward Olivia and ultimately divorce. Throughout Boyhood, both Mason and Samantha are forced to make decisions, some good and others bad such as dealing with their mothers’ new marriage to an Afghan/Iraq War veteran and Mason experimenting with both drugs and alcohol.

Linklater made the movie in such a way that it intertwines with the lives of movie goers. The connection with the storyline of Boyhood has made it an extremely popular choice and one that makes people think. With precision, Linklater captured the exact moments required to reflect the life of a broken but also ever-changing family.