Oh boy, that was great
up the same hand- picked cast at the same time each year for a few days of shooting.
When the project fi nally wrapped last October, Linklater had captured exactly what he was after so long ago: an achingly accurate chronicle of a child in the process of growing up.
At this point, it should be emphasised Boyhood is not a documentary. It is a wholly fi ctional take on the formative years of a typical Texas kid by the name of Mason Evans ( Ellar Coltrane).
We join Mason at the age of six, and bid him goodbye at 18.
Nothing much happens to the lad during this period, aside from life itself. And as organically fi lmed by Linklater, that turns out to be really something.
The real star of the show is time. Not only how it passes, but also the tracks it leaves in its wake. And the authentically chronological fi lming style allows us to map those tracks like never before.
Along the way, innocence is certain to be lost; experience all that can take its place.
Meanwhile, time is impacting each person in its own unique way.
INTO THE STORM
TO ITS catastrophic credit, Into the Storm knows its audience is here for nothing but the weather. The more extreme, the better. Much of the meteorological mayhem transpires around the small town of Silverton, a fi ctional hamlet sitting smack- bang at the centre of the
From scene to scene, Mason and everybody around him are getting taller, wider, smarter, dumber, richer, poorer, happier, sadder, faster, slower.
Some are learning how to love. Others are doing their best to forget all about it.
With a running time of close to three hours, Boyhood can at times be messy, unfocused and too tedious for words – just like life.
However, it also summons many moments where the truth not only hurts, but heals as well.
For a movie, that is a once- in- lifetime achievement. fl atlands of the US Midwest. A system of fi ve magnifi cent mega- tornadoes – any of which can display more personality than the whole cast combined – are about to swarm upon Silverton for one hell of a gusty get- together. The insanely inclement special- effects sequences ( sonically boosted by a relentlessly whooshing sound design) will have all ducking for cover.