Usually I agree with the reviews that Ron Wells does on a somewhat regular basis here on Art Predator. I guess if I disagreed with them more I’d not be as likely to publish them! But when it comes to Boyhood
by Richard Linklater, I agree more with the Academy than with Ron:
Boyhood is up for six Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Ethan Hawke), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Patricia Arquette), Best Director (Richard Linklater), Best Film Editing (Sandra Adair) and Best Original Screenplay (Richard Linklater). It’s already won the Golden Globe Award Winner for Best Picture for Drama and Patricia Arquette is the Golden Globe Award Winner for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture and Richard Linklater is the Golden Globe Award Winner for Best Director.
I think the nominations and awards are all well deserved; in particular, I think the work that Patricia Arquette did should get recognized again. My husband and I found the film very moving. Perhaps it’s because we have a son of our own, we know the challenges of marriage and grad school, and there are many other moments that resonated deeply for us. What’s your take? Do you agree with me or Ron? How would you vote it you were a member of the Academy?
Review of Boyhood by Ron Wells
I saw Boyhood the week it opened and was very excited.
I walked out wondering what I had missed.
Why the accolades from virtually everyone? Not that it’s a bad film; it’s not. It’s just that there is no there…. there. I marvel at Linklater’s ability to hold the cast and crew together and paint a portrait of a boy’s growth over twelve years of filming off and on. He even got some of the nuances right (Mason doesn’t always finish things he starts, for example.) Ellar Coltrane did a remarkable job of acting.
Other than that, what am I watching for 2 hours and 45 minutes? I was looking at my watch after 2 hours and 10 minutes and wondering how much longer this would go on. It just seemed empty.
Like Kenneth Turan of the LA Times, I was much more taken with Michael Apted’s documentary series, Up, where real people’s lives took interesting and surprising changes of growth and disposition. Even when they were young.
Dazed and Confused
, another well made film, but I walked away from it wondering many of the same things I’m thinking about Boyhood
. Perhaps the slacker life just doesn’t interest me. Who knows. Anyway, yes Boyhood
is a nicely made film and broke some new ground in filmmaking, though again, one must look toApted first. I just don’t see this as a great film. It is a good film. Like Turan, I’ll choose to stand apart from everyone else on this one. It’s a movie. It’s not life or death. To those who saw more than I did in this film (that includes almost everyone, I guess), I’m glad you enjoyed Boyhood
. It’s always nice when art touches you in some meaningful way. As for me, I doubt I’ll be watching Boyhood
again anytime in the near (or distant) future. I do recommend Apted’s “Up
” series, which started at “7 Up
” and is now currently at “56 Up.”
What’s your take? Do you agree with me or Ron? How would you vote it you were a member of the Academy?
That series no doubt was what Linklater had in mind when he started this. But in his film about all I saw was a mother who made bad choices in husbands, and an “insightful” philosophy of: “You don’t want bumpers. Life doesn’t give you bumpers” from the father. Really? Ok.For me, this was like watching a long series of snapshots and saying of some of them, “Oh, that’s an interesting one.” Other than that, I don’t know.In fairness, I must also add that Linklater’s other films hit me in a similar way. I kind of enjoyed