How to Live 12 Years in 166 Minutes

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I don’t know what took me so long (considering I had it on my list a long time ago), but I finally got around to seeing Boyhood and I loved it as much as I thought I would (if not more). I’m so glad I didn’t wait 12 years to see it. It is truly a moving masterpiece of a film by Richard Linklater.

I fell in love with the characters, especially Olivia (Patricia Arquette) and Mason Sr. (Ethan Hawke). The movie goes through the everyday life of this family in a span of twelve consecutive years and is centered around the younger child, Mason Jr. I am always up for a coming-of-age movie, but this was such a treat to actually see the characters come-of-age in the span of twelve real years. And, the entire family comes-of-age throughout the movie.

It can be deceiving because of it’s mundane actions (school drop-offs, sibling rivalry, homework), but there is so much depth to the film as well as the characters. From the moment you meet them, you are rooting for this family and go through their ups and downs as if they were your own (and, perhaps you have had similar experiences).

There is something about the way Rick (as the actors have referred to him in interviews) captures the moments and characters that want you to continue to care for them long after the movie has ended and keep you longing to want the relationship to go on. He’s found a formula to forge a very special bond between the audience and his characters. I would love if somehow they picked this up in a few years. Either way, you should pick up a copy or watch it online if you haven’t done so. There is so much truth and beauty to experience in this film. It’s pure magic.