US 165m, Colour
Director: Richard Linklater; Cast: Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Lorelei Linklater, Ethan Hawke, Libby Villari, Marco Perella
Filmed as a series of vignettes over a twelve-year period, Boyhood is akin to watching a home movie about people you don’t know, and want to know. Widely praised for its concept, and its distillation of the essence of “real life”, it appears that little effort, other than the amount of time, has been put into this production. As a coming of age movie, Boyhood offers nothing new to a well-worn genre, and its central character, Mason, is a sullen character who sleep walks through most of the film. Perhaps the most overrated film in a decade, Boyhood’s superficial plot, clichéd characters, and shallow performances are ordinary and uninspired (Klaus Ming February 2015).