A movie becomes successful when it takes the audience for an enjoyable ride with it. The pace at which the movie progresses should match the pace at which the viewer wants to watch it. Imagine a movie that introduces to you someone’s boyhood, showing the same boy from his first grade to the 12th, and travelling through the moments of joy, despair, and hope in his life? Call it Boyhood.
Boyhood is the life of a typical American child who grows up with separated parents. You feel how confused such children are and how seriously they take their life as they grow. You see what they consider important at the different stages of their life. The strengths and weaknesses of American relationships, the openness of parents with their kids, and the freedom given to the kids as they grow up are all beautifully captured in Boyhood.
There aren’t any supercharged scenes or thrilling moments in the film. It is just what you see or experience in your real life. It is not just about boyhood, but also about parenthood on a completely realistic perspective. Boyhood has a mother who is helpless but determined, a father who treats his children as equals, and the various partners they find in their later life. For parents who aren’t ready for compromises in their married life, and who take decisions without thinking about the future of their children, Boyhood can be an eye opener.
Boyhood has life oozing all over it. If you critically analyse it, it does not have a serious theme or an outstanding script. Its backbone is its portrayal of real life sans artistry. If that can keep you interested for about 2 hours and 45 minutes, you must appreciate the director Richard Linklater for his belief in the film and the effort put into its making. Apparently, a film that revolves around a few people for a span of 11-12 years has a lot of risks associated with it, but it is creditable that the actors have kept it so tight and beautiful you wouldn’t feel they are on a stretched acting spree. And for that reason, it is a director’s special.