A adventures capture major milestones in each of their

A movie that is
filmed with the same cast members shot in increments over the course of 12
years directed by Richard Linklater, “Boyhood” is a groundbreaking coming of
age drama. As the audience, we get to witness the arc of the story and the
physical and emotional transformations each of the characters experience as
they grow and age. At the core of the
movie, it is less about what it means to be a young male than it is an aura of
time and what it means to be alive right now. The film’s scenes depict the average America culture
represented by events of family meals, outings, birthdays, and graduation. All
these adventures capture major milestones in each of their lives.

            Through the eyes of Mason, played by
the film’s protagonist, Ellar Coltrane, you see so much curiosity, confusion,
and concern. Samantha, Mason’s older sister, played by the director’s daughter,
Lorelei Linklater, is very mature for her age and grows up right before our
She changes from an obnoxious kid determined to make
her brother cringe at the very thought of her to a preoccupied young lady
pondering her next move in life. And
then there’s their mother, Olivia, played by Patricia Arquette, who seems to
never be really be satisfied with anything in life. Therefore, she endures a series of significant others that don’t necessarily
mean her any good all while trying to build a career and take care of her
family. Mason Sr.,
their father played by Ethan Hawke, whom Olivia is separated from, portrays the
cool, just “go with the flow” type of parent. He
drifts in and out of their lives and refuses to ascend towards the
responsibilities of adulthood until later on in the film. As one event rolls
into another, the film’s point of view will embody these qualities as time

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            In the opening shot of the
movie, there’s a close-up of Mason (age 6) lying on the ground and the camera
seems to be directly above him. It
shows that he’s just a normal child just as any of us have been. We’re then introduced to
Mason and his mother at school. Mason has recently been distracted during class
and hasn’t been turning in his homework. As the two engage in the conversation,
there is a close-up on Mason and we’re able to tell that he is wondering why
there is a reason for everything that everyone else deems necessary to be done.

The age of this movie definitely shows through the music and technology throughout
the duration of the film. Later on Olivia and her current boyfriend have an
argument about how she never has time for him when reality is, she’s a
full-time mother. Mason is awake in his room while the argument is taking
place. In the following scene, Samantha is taunting her brother while singing
Britney Spears’ “Oops I Did It Again”, and just like any other American family
they have a little sibling fight. Later on, Olivia mentions moving to Houston,
Texas to make a better living