"Boyhood"

I loved this film so much. This film is worth the 2 hours and 45 minutes of your life, watching a boy grow into a young man in his struggles and triumphs. The sequence of when Mason (Ellar Coltrane) turns a new age is an effortless and unique timeline. It was amazing for the course of he film that characters who were only in one or a few scenes would not see the film until years later. That is part of what makes this film so special. Everyone in Mason’s family experiences changes. The growth is also quick which reflects the title’s namesake. Richard Linklater brings greatness with this ambitious film. It is refreshing to see storytelling that is honest and focused. Meghan Currier is the music supervisor and helps capture the timeline of this film. Sheryl Crow’s “Soak Up The Sun” is at the beginning of the film while Soulja Boy’s “Crank That” is towards the end. Casting director Beth Sepko has a great eye for each actor to play the characters to tell this story. Lorelei Linklater, Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette make for a great part of the ensemble. Ellar Coltrane is prolific and wonderful. This film is shot in Houston, Austin and San Antonio. It was cool to see a film set in these cities instead of the standard film locations. These cities are integral to the story. I enjoy talking about this film with other people and hearing their perspective. Most of the conversation is about how could Ellar have been contracted and committed to this film for a good part of his life. It could be seen because of this cinematic achievement.