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My thoughts on Boyhood

1. There’s a certain level where Boyhood is the prequel (in spirit) to the Before trilogy. It is very easy to see Mason the moody, philosophical photographer becoming Jesse the moody, philosophical writer.

2. And the interchangeable characters of Mason/Jesse show that Linklater has one type of white man he’s very fond of writing.

3. The movie starts in the summer of 2002 and follows Mason for the next 12 years until he leaves for college. I moved to Chicago in the summer of 2002, so I expected to feel some nostalgia, but found none of the things I’m nostalgic for in the movie. The early 20-somethings in the theater, they were breathless at the end of the movie. The Harry Potter Scenes, the Star Wars references, the RAZR flip phones. I’m 18 years older than the main character and probably 5-8 years younger than the parents. So I understood the cultural references, but so few of them were mine.

4. Unlike Before Sunrise, which scratches every 90s bone in my body.

5. Writer and directors always underestimate the audience and Linklater doesn’t. We are allowed to fill in the blanks ourselves. There’s very little back story given for the years we missed or much we need to know about the hidden months. It felt existential in that way. There is no past or future, just right now.

6. Don’t drink a large soda, because the movie is nearly 3 years hours long without a moment to step out for a bathroom break.


Linklater has always used time as a character. It’s in the titles of his Before trilogy, featuring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy as characters at different junctures: Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Before Midnight. They have to reconnect in each film—and fast, because the clock is ticking. I love these films, but they’re talky. Linklater is so literal about time he never seems to use the full, transcendent resources of cinema.

He does in Boyhood.

David Edelstein reviews Boyhood, directed by Richard Linklater (via nprfreshair)
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