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Boyhood Movie Review

Title: Boyhood

Director: Richard Linklater

Starring: Ellar Coltrane, Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, Lorelei Linklater.

Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’ is a groundbreaking story on the delicate passage from childhood to adulthood.  The story is seen through the eyes of a boy named Mason (Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes.

Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason’s parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister Samantha, ‘Boyhood’ depicts the portrait of a veraciously-complex family.

Richard Linklater had already demonstrated of having a great take on dissecting the human intermix through time: his stupendous trilogy movies ‘Before Sunrise,’ ‘Before Sunset,’ ‘Before Midnight,’ also had non-formulaic narratives about seemingly random occurrences, which majestically portrayed day-to-day truth.

‘Boyhood’ charts the rocky terrain of puberty and adolescence like no other film has done before. The messy tapestry of growing pains and pubescent grumbling, is spaced out through road trips, family dinners, birthdays, graduations, that become milestones in the bigger journey of a youngster turning into a man.

The movie is perfectly contextualised in the years it traverses, with a soundtrack that spans from Coldplay’s Yellow to Arcade Fire’s Deep Blue, along with the politics that follow the Bush administration up to Obama’s first election campaign.

The nostalgic time capsule of the recent past is an ode to growing up and parenting. Mark Twain seems to bequeath to the sensitive Linklater ‘The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,’ that get moulded into the 21st century’s emprise of the young Mason; who gets us thinking about our own journey.

Technical: A

Acting: A+

Story: A+

Overall: A+

Written by: Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi

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Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi, is a film critic, culture and foreign affairs reporter, screenwriter, film-maker and visual artist. She studied in a British school in Milan, graduated in Political Sciences, got her Masters in screenwriting and film production and studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York and Los Angeles. Chiara’s “Material Puns” use wordplay to weld the title of the painting with the materials placed on canvas, through an ironic reinterpretation of Pop-Art, Dadaism and Ready Made. She exhibited her artwork in Milan, Rome, Venice, London, Oxford, Paris and Manhattan. Chiara works as a reporter for online, print, radio and television and also as a film festival PR/publicist. As a bi-lingual journalist (English and Italian), who is also fluent in French and Spanish, she is a member of the Foreign Press Association in New York, the Women Film Critics Circle in New York, the Italian Association of Journalists in Milan and the Federation of Film Critics of Europe and the Mediterranean. Chiara is also a Professor of Phenomenology of Contemporary Arts at IED University in Milan.

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